Databases & Websites by Subject
Practical Information on How to Adopt
You Can Adopt: An Adoptive Families Guide by Susan Caughman - 2009
The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child by Dawn Davenport - 2006
The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Adoption: Everything You Need to Know About Domestic and International Adoption by Elizabeth Swire Falker - 2006
Yes, You Can Adopt!: A Comprehensive Guide to Adoption by Richard Mintzer - 2003
The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family by Jayne E. Schooler - 2008
The Adoption Answer Book by Brette McWhorter Sember - 2007
Parenting Your Adopted Child
Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family by Andrew Adesman - 2004
Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years by Patty Cogen - 2008
20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed by Sherrie Eldridge - 2009
Parenting Adopted Adolescents: Understanding and Appreciating Their Journeys by Gregory C. Keck - 2009
The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Brand Purvis - 2007
Help with Specific Issues
Cross-Cultural Adoption: How to Answer Questions from Family, Friends, and Community by Amy Coughlin - 2004
Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption by Micky Duxbury - 2007
The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption by Karen J. Foli - 2004
Children of Intercountry Adoptions in School: A Primer for Parents and Professionals by Ruth Lyn Meese - 2002
Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Adoption: What Children Need to Know by Fanny Cohen Herlem - 2008
Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow by Gregory C. Keck - 2002
The Adoption Reader: Birth Mothers, Adoptive Mothers, and Adopted Daughters Tell Their Stories - 1995
China Ghosts: My Daughter’s Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood by Jeff Gammage - 2007
Two Little Girls: A Memoir of Adoption by Theresa Reid - 2006
Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir by Neely Tucker - 2004
Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul: Stories Celebrating Forever Families - 2008
A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families: Stories That Celebrate a Special Gift of Love - 2009
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis - 1996
Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles by Darlene Friedman - 2009
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis - 2000
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr - 2007
Searching and Reunion
AdoptingOnline.Com: Safe & Proven Methods That Have Brought Thousands of Families Together by Mardie M. Caldwell - 2004
Back to the Beginning: Remarkable True Stories of Adoption Searches & Reunions from the Case Files of Research, Etc. by Ava Friddle - 2008
Reaching Out: The Guide to Writing a Terrific Dear Birthmother Letter by Nelson Handel - 2002
Lost and Found: The Guide to Finding Family, Friends, and Loved Ones by Troy Dunn - 2003
Yearbooks and Alumni Directories
The library has yearbooks from Downers Grove North from
1920 to the present and from 1979 to the present from
Downers Grove South. The library also has alumni directories for both schools, with alphabetical indexes to names, which can be used to determine the year a person graduated from North or South. They also provide some biographical information, such as marital status, children and occupation.
Phone Books—shelved in *Ref 977.324 DOW Local History
The library has historical telephone directories for most years 1909–1958 and 1975 to the present, which can be used to determine where a person lived at a particular time.
Local Newspapers on Microfilm
The Downers Grove Library has local newspapers on microfilm.
None of the local news-papers are indexed. Ask at the
Computer and Magazine Desk for assistance.
Downers Grove Journal – August 31, 1930–January
- Downers Grove Press – Various issues 1891–1893
- Downers Grove Reporter – 1895 to the present
- Sun – Downers Grove – February 2002–June 2006
Chicago Tribune Databases
The library has access to the Chicago Tribune Historical Archive database, which provides obituaries and death notices from 1849–1987. For more up-to-date information, the library also subscribes to the Chicago Tribune database, which covers 1985 to the present.
Comprehensive site with links for adoption, fostering,
search, and reunions.
The International Soundex Reunion Registry
One of the oldest and largest mutual consent reunion registries.
Volunteer Search Network
Provides help for adoptees, birthparents and their family
members who are looking for lost relatives.
Prepared by Bonnie Reid, September 2010