Adoption and English Language Learners

The following titles offer guidance to educators and parents about the language development of internationally adopted children who are English language learners.

For related children's books, see our Adoption Stories booklist.

Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections


Product Description: Featuring over 100 contributors overseen by EMK Press writer-editors MacLeod and Macrae, this book is a virtual one-stop shop for adoption information for readers at any knowledge level. Divided into chapters like "Sleep," "Claiming," "Language," and "Food," it touches upon major issues in brief essays written by adoptive parents, adoptees, and therapists.

Dual Language Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning


This valuable handbook provides ELL educators, speech-language pathologists, special educators, and teacher trainers with an in-depth, research-based introduction to the language development and disorders of dual-language learners (both students who are fully bilingual and those who are learning a second language). Topics include the impact of culture on language; language development for internationally adopted students; assessment strategies for identifying language and reading disorders; and intervention approaches for dual-language learners with language/reading impairments.

Supporting Development in Internationally Adopted Children


Product Description: Thousands of children are adopted from outside the United States each year— and professionals must be ready to meet their complex needs and recognize when to refer them for assessments and services. This is the evidence-based resource professionals need to fully understand the development of children adopted from abroad, make appropriate recommendations and referrals, and choose interventions that ensure the best outcomes.