Parenting Resources

Our staff has compiled a list of resources for those of you who open your hearts and homes to care for a child with a difficult past.


Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control by Heather T. Forbes

The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis, David Cross & Wendy Sunshine

Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow by Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky

When Love is Not Enough – A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD – Reactive Attachment Disorder by Nancy L. Thomas

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Learning the Dance of Attachment by Holly VanGulden 

Orphan/Adoption Ministry

Fields of the Fatherless by C. Thomas Davis

Adopted for Life by Russell D. Moore

The Middle Mom by Christie Erwin

Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting by Johnny Carr

Cultural/Transracial Issues

Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall

Blood Lines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper

Grief & Loss

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting The Adopted Child by Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb.

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss by Claudia Jewett Jarratt

Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience After Neglect and Trauma by Deborah D. Gray

Special Needs/HIV + Adoption

Children Affected by HIV/AIDS Compassionate Care by Phyllis Kilbourn 

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Need Kids by Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky

Baby/Toddler Adoption

Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins Best

Older Child Adoption

Parenting Adopted Adolescents by Gregory Keck

Parenting Your Adopted Older Child by Brenda McCreight, PhD

General Adoptive Parenting

Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child by Patty Cogen

Successful Adoption by Natalie Nichols Gillespie

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

After the Dream Comes True by Michelle Gardner

The Post-Adoption Blues – Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption by Karen J. Foli and John R. Thompson

The Whole Life Adoption Book – Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family by Jayne Schooler

Children’s Books

Shaoey and Dot by Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman

Chosen by Love by Tom Jaski

Miracle in the Land of Wu by Buffi Young

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon (for ages 2-6)

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

I Wished for You – An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond

All About Adoption by Marc Nemiroff (for ages 4-12)

Horace by Holly Keller (for ages 2-8)

The Mulberry Bird by Anne Braff Brodzinsky (for ages 4-12)

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

For Children in Foster Care

Maybe Days by Jennifer Wilgocki & Marcia Kahn Wright

Zachary’s New Home by Geraldine M. Blomquist

Families Change: A book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights by Julie Nelson

For Siblings of Adopted Children (ages 3-10)

The New Barker in the House by Tomie dePaola

Is That Your Sister? A True Story of Adoption by Catherine Bunin

Waiting for May by Janet Stoeke

Seeds of Love – For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption by Mary Petertyl

Things Little Kids Need to Know by Susan Uhlig

A Sister for Matthew by Pamela Kennedy

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