"Adoptees Like Me" Books

A Special Series from Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker

Adoptees Like Me book series

Where adoptee empowerment meets emotional support.

Have you ever wondered what therapy for adoptees looks like? Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker is a psychologist, international and transracial adoptee of color, and adoptive parent who wishes that every single adopted person in the world could visit her therapy office and talk with her about what it’s like to be an adoptee, but because that’s not possible, she decided to invite everyone into her therapy room by creating the “Adoptees Like Me” illustrated book series for early elementary readers. In each story, learn what it's like to be in therapy with a professional who understands how it feels to be adopted, and gain insights and tools that the child and caregivers can take into their daily lives. The diverse characters, family situations, and topics in the series give every young adoptee a chance to see themselves represented, find their voice, and feel empowered.


Marie Discovers Her Superpowers

Marie Discovers Her Superpowers

by Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker

The first book in the "Adoptees Like Me" series is here!

Get to know the other "Adoptees Like Me!"


Coming Spring 2023: Casey Conquers Bedtime

You’ve gotten to know Marie, and next you’ll meet . . .Casey!

Casey loves singing, dancing, music, and fashion! You’ll get to know him in Casey Conquers Bedtime, the next book in the “Adoptees Like Me” series, scheduled for release Spring 2023!

Casey doesn’t like bedtime. His parents introduce him to Dr. Chaitra, a transracial adoptee just like Casey, who explains how going to sleep and even waking up can bring up scary feelings for adopted kids. She helps Casey think about bedtime differently and combines a special story with his love of musical instruments to teach his brain and body that sleep is safe. Will Casey finally be able to conquer bedtime?


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