"Tell your children 'you are precious, you are valuable, and nobody else is created like you.'"
-- Dr. Karyn Purvis
Foster Family Resources
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The Connected Child is a staple for foster parents. This book is an absolutely-must read. It is approachable and deeply helpful.
"Truly an exceptional, innovative work . . . compassionate, accessible, and founded on a breadth of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise." — Susan Livingston Smith, program director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
The Connected Child
Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
"Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child’s struggles." — Harvey Karp, M.D.
The Whole-Brain Child
No-Drama Discipline is a follow up to The Whole-Brain Child that walks parents through how to promote connection while also addressing behavior problems they face with their children. It's easy to read and provides practical help and relief for parents.
"With lucid, engaging prose accompanied by cartoon illustrations, Siegel and Bryson help parents teach and communicate more effectively." — Publishers Weekly
The Forgotten Initiative is a faith-based nonprofit based in Illinois. Their podcast, The Forgotten Podcast, covers an array of foster-relevant topics including TBRI, parenting teens from hard places, mental health and more.
From Mike and Kristin Berry, the couple behind Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, comes another great resources for foster families. Their show, The Honestly Adoption Podcast, talks about marriage, foster care, trauma, adoption, and many other topics that are both relevant and helpful for foster parents.
"The foster care system is flawed. It’s broken. It’s ugly. It’s hard. But hidden within it is joy, and laughter, and precious moments of children.
And most know very little about it.
Our goal is to show you a small piece of it:
of Humans of Foster Care."
A collection of experiences from Christian foster moms all over North America.
“Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.” - Acts27:29
Jason Johnson's blog is consistently a good read. He writes through many hard topics of foster care and parenting. His post To Foster Dads and one titled, "Foster care, adoption and confronting the fear of not having what it takes" are both worth a read (along with many other's you'll find on his site).