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Books & Blogs& Podcasts

A listing of helpful books, blogs, & podcasts related to foster care and adoption


Welcoming children into your family--and addressing their special needs--requires care, consideration, and compassion. Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you:

  • Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child

  • Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders

  • Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened

Parenting under the best of circumstances can be difficult. And raising children who have come to your home from “hard places,” who have their own set of unique needs, brings even more challenges. You may have discovered that the techniques that worked with your birth children are not working with your adopted or foster child.

Gleaning from the experience of dozens of government, nonprofit, and faith leaders from across the country, Until There’s More than Enough represents a set of principles and practices that will help advocates, churches, and organizations in your community work together to transform foster care.

Replanted takes an honest look at the joys and hardships that come with choosing this journey and provides a model of faith-based support made up of three parts to help families thrive: Soil, Sunlight, and Water. 

Honestly Adoption will provide you with practical, down-to-earth advice to make good decisions in your own adoption and foster parenting journey and give you the help and hope you need.  Mike and Kristin Berry have adopted eight children and cared for another 23 kids in their nine-year stint as foster parents. They aren’t just experts. They have experienced every emotional high and low and encountered virtually every situation imaginable as parents. Now, they want to share what they’ve learned with you.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. 

These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Disorder--a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals--and a drug-free treatment approach for children.

ReFraming Foster Care is a collection of reflections on the foster parenting journey designed to help you do just that—find hope—and to remind you that your work is worth it and you are not alone.

Riley the Brave is the story of a little bear with big feelings! Join this super-cool, cape-wearing cub as he embarks on a journey to face his fears. Written for any child who is looking to unlock their inner courage, and particularly those healing from difficult life experiences or trauma, this book creates a safe space for conversations about complex thoughts and feelings.

is a blogger and Christian leader discussing how to engage in the foster care community and make a difference.

One mom's light-hearted musings and heavier broodings on foster care, gospel-centered parenting, and mission-focused family.

Show Hope has a wonderful resource page highlighting some great materials. Check out their Trauma Competency Continuum for resources like videos from Karen Purvis on Insights & Gifts . They have another page for pre- and post-adoptive resources as well that includes books, videos, and blog posts.  

The Adoption Connection uses their real-life experiences in adoptive parenting to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

You’ll find practical resources rooted in faith in Jesus and backed by brain-science to bring you hope for your family’s future.

Insights, strategies, and personal stories to encourage you on the parenting journey! They are committed to providing you with the tools and insight you need to help you thrive as a parent, and transform your family. 

America's Children Belong has created resources meant for helping Faith Leaders and volunteers become Trauma aware and sensitive. Free courses are available from 1 to 6 hours. 


If you're an adoptive parent looking for hope, practical tools, and friends who understand, this podcast is for you! Hosted by 2 birth & adoptive parents and Empowered to Connect trainers.

Meeting you right where you are in your foster care journey. A podcast from The Forgotten Initiative. By entering into relationship with the foster care community, you are changed too. You are drawn to Jesus in new ways, your perspective is shifted, and your need for Jesus is made more apparent. This is our hope.

The Foster Movement Podcast, featuring former foster youth and national leaders in foster care advocacy, provides powerful insights and practical tools to help you work with others to provide More Than Enough for kids and families in foster care where you live.


Sometimes, you don't want to hear from experts. Sometimes, you just want to hear about real life, from real moms. 

The Honestly Adoption Company is fiercely committed to helping parents gain insight into their child, change their parenting approach, and in turn, transform their family.

ETC’s resources and trainings are especially helpful for caregivers of children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and maltreatment. We rely heavily on the model of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross.

The More Than Enough Podcast introduces those passionate about children and families to the tools and people that can help them transform foster care in the community where they live.

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