My publications are listed below. They include books, articles and stories.

"My Two Fathers"

I wrote this for an anthology which focuses on father-daughter relationships. The book captures eighteen different father-daughter relationships through the eyes and lived experiences of new and diverse female writers - the daughters. This is a wonderful project which aims to highlight the importance of this often underrated relationship. The book is due to to be published in 2021

"What we know about well-being and adoptees"

This book summarises the findings from my research into well-being in adult adoptees. It highlights some of the issues faced by this group, and offers a "model" of adoption which ensures that babies and infants are given the best chances of achieving well-being as they grow and develop into adults. Research shows that adults who were adopted as babies/infants are disadvantaged (in terms of achieving well-being) in many aspects of their lives. The model helps prospective adoptive parents to be prepared for possible challenges and to better understand how to support their adopted children.

This book will be going to print in 2021.

"Mental health and wellbeing"

This is my blog which offers insights and tools about how to keep ourselves psychologically healthy and well. It covers topics such as communication, personal boundaries, life balance and much more.

The Wellbeing Hub


Lara Leon publications

"I am your daughter"

How to be Adopted is a wonderful site that raises awareness about some of the issues experienced by adoptees. Many of the accounts debunk long-held myths about adoption.

My contribution is a piece written about the day I discovered the identity of my own biological father.

How to be Adopted

I am your daughter


"9 Ways to live well and increase wellbeing"

This piece summarises the main things to think about in order to achieve wellbeing in our lives. Life these days is fast-paced and full of stress (and that's without Covid-19!) and if we fail to achieve balance, burnout and anxiety is inevitable.

The Humble Penny

9 ways to live well and increase wellbeing

"6 Things adoptees of the future need."

Following my own experiences as an adoptee, my MSc research focussed on well-being within the adult adoptee community. Find out what the findings were here. If you or anyone you know is considering adopting a child, it's a must-read blog. Soon to be available in book form.

Read it on the the amazing How to be Adopted blog site

6 things adoptees of the future need