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Suggested Reading
Banished Babies,
by Mike Millotte
Export of over 2000 Irish children to the United States in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's.
Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment
by James M. Smith
(Notre Dame Press)
Focusing on the ten Catholic Magdalen laundries operating between 1922 and 1996, Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment offers the first history of women entering these institutions in the twentieth century.
The Lost Son of Philomena Lee
by Martin Sixsmith
The true story of Philomena Lee and the son she had to give away. At the age of three her baby was whisked away and sold to America for adoption.
Do Penance or Perish: Magdalen Asylums in Ireland,
by Frances Finnegan
The book focuses on the late 18th and early 19th c. Magdalen Homes and their ascendancy in Ireland.
Suffer the Little Children: The inside Story of Ireland's Industrial Schools,
by Mary Raftery and Eoin O'Sullivan
A comprehensive look at the entire state/church child care system in Ireland.
The Light in the Window,
by June Goulding
The author worked as a midwife in the Bessboro', Cork mother-baby home attached to the Sacred Heart Adoption Agency.
Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child,
by Nancy Verrier
The book deals with the separation of mother and child. Highly recommended.
Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience,
by Betty Jean Lifton
Lost and Found has become a bible to many adopted people and to those who want to understand the adoption experience.
Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter,
by Betty Jean Lifton
The author is one of America's leading advocates for open adoption. This book is her own adoption, search and reunion story.
Journey of the Adopted Self: A quest for Wholeness,
by Betty Jean Lifton
This book argues that adopted people cannot develop a full sense of self without some reconnection to the painful separation from their original families.
The Girls Who Went Away,
by Ann Fessler
This powerful revelation uncovers the astonishing, untold history of the million-and-a-half women who surrendered children for adoption in the decades before Roe v. Wade.
The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide,
by Julie Jarrell Bailey & Lynn N. Giddens
Preparing yourself for the search, reunion and beyond.
Blue-eyed Son: The Story of an Adoption,
by Nicky Campbell
The TV presenter's autobiography concentrates on his adoption experience, his search and reunion.
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew,
by Sherrie Eldridge
The title speaks for itself, really!
Birth Bond: Between Birthparents and Adoptees,
by Judith Gediman & Linda Brown
A great resource for understanding reunion and beyond.
Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe Versus Wade,
by Ricki Solinger
A pioneering work, it unravels the complex, disturbing reality of single pregnancy in the Post World War II era in the US.