Click each link for detailed info about my books:

Adoption Decision banner 480

The Adoption Decision: 15 Things You Want to Know Before Adopting

You’ve decided to adopt a child. Your friends gush, “You’re a saint!” Or they respond, “You’re crazy!”

You secretly wonder whether you’re ready to handle the challenges of adoptive parenting:

  • Will I be able to fully love my adopted child?
  • Will my extended family accept my child?
  • Can I afford sky-high adoption fees?
  • What are birth parents really like?
  • If the adoption fails, will I be able to bear it?
  • Will an older, emotionally-scarred child be able to bond with me?
  • If I adopt, will I get pregnant?
  • What skills do I need to parent a child who’s been institutionalized?
  • Will open adoption confuse my child?
  • How much prejudice will my transracial, transcultural family face?

It’s time to bring your fears out of hiding. In The Adoption Decision: 15 Things You Want to Know Before Adopting, educator Laura Christianson helps you boldly confront your insecurities about adoption.

Infused with engaging vignettes, dry humor, common-sense advice, and biblical encouragement, this “how to for the heart” will thoroughly prepare you—and those in your support network—to welcome your child with joy.

Available from Amazon and other online booksellers, as well as brick & mortar bookstores (Barnes & Noble, Borders, independent Christian and general market bookstores).

ISBN-13: 978-0-7369-2000-1
ISBN-10: 0-7369-2000-5
US $13.99

Reviews of The Adoption Decision:

The Adoption Decision has all the essential information couples considering adoption need…thoroughly addresses common misconceptions, doubts, and challenges…Christianson includes entertaining anecdotes and writes with an easy style
Elizabeth Wisz, CBA Retailers+Resources Magazine

Whether you are on your first adoption or your third (or more), there are times when you can use a helping hand and understanding ear. The Adoption Decision is an excellent resource to help you wade through the myriad decisions that need to be carefully, thoughtfully made…offers a strongly faith-based perspective on the unique blessings and challenges of adoptive parenting. Well worth reading.
—Heidi Hess Saxton,

An absolute must-read for anyone thinking of adoption, anyone who has just adopted, or relatives of adoptive families…a practical and comprehensive guide that will make any adoption experience better for all involved.
John Nardini, Executive Vice President, Denali Flavors
Makers of Moose Tracks Ice Cream, and adoptive dad

A kaleidoscope of vignettes, facts, sage wisdom, practical suggestions, and biblical counsel, The Adoption Decision is a resource every adopting family should purchase and read—twice.
Sandra Glahn, co-author, When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden

The Adoption Network: Your Guide to Starting a Support System

Adoption Network banner2 480

Do you desire to develop an adoption support community but aren’t sure how to start?

The Adoption Network simplifies the process. This handbook contains step-by-step tips for launching an adoption support system in your church or community. You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a mission statement
  • Plan a budget
  • Recruit leadership
  • Reach out to the community
  • Create workshops, support groups, social events, mentoring programs, and more

Packed with practical pointers and worksheets, The Adoption Network is a must-have planning tool for anyone who wants to reach out to adoptive and foster families, birth parents, and adopted people.

Available from Amazon and other online booksellers, as well as brick & mortar bookstores (Barnes & Noble, Borders, independent Christian and general market bookstores).

ISBN-13: 978-1-57921-902-4
ISBN-10: 1-57921-902-0
US $9.99

Reviews of The Adoption Network:

I just don’t have enough good to say about The Adoption Network… full of great information and ideas about how you can form an adoption network in your church or local area…the wheels were turning in my head and I was trying to figure out how I might use this information in my own church… Laura has thought of and covered EVERYTHING…
—Heidi Strawser, Reviews & Reflections

If it takes a village to raise a child, The Adoption Network makes sure that people touched by adoption can make or find a village to see them and their family through the wanting, the waiting, and the work of life. Whether you’re feeling inspired or isolated, The Adoption Network will be an invaluable help.
—Violeta Garcia-Mendoza, Rainbow

The Adoption Network exposes the deep heart needs of adoptive families for building community and being understood…If churches are serious about their pro-life position, then leaders MUST buy this book and act on its content. Christianson presents details in an easy-to-follow sequential manner so the most inexperienced organizer can successfully pull together their own adoption network. I urge all people who hold some sort of leadership position in their churches to drop everything and take a careful look at this resource then implement immediately.
—Darcie Gudger,

While Laura’s example ministry is for those hoping to adopt, the information in The Adoption Network could be adapted to birthmothers as well…much of the information could be helpful in creating some type of community adoption support group that isn’t necessarily faith-based. If you have are thinking of starting a birthmother ministry or support group, you should definitely check out The Adoption Network!
—Coley Strickland, co-founder, BirthMom Buds