Resources for Foster Care and Adoption
We believe that foster care and adoption is a beautiful relationship. However, it is not without difficulty. Foster and adoptive families may face challenges and be forced to deal with issues that many other families don’t. There is HOPE in the midst of this struggle. As Focus on the Family strives to educate and empower families for waiting children and youth, we also want to help prepare families. One of the ways we do this is through our FREE resources. To request FREE copies, email WaitNoMore@fotf.org.
Foster & Adoptive Families Need Your L.O.V.E
There are many different ways to minister to families that have welcomed foster children into their home. This booklet from Focus on the Family makes it clear that struggling foster or adoptive families need their church families to support them during times of trials. While the suggestions in this booklet may not apply to all situations, they represent a general “heart” of foster and adoptive families who welcomed home an emotionally wounded or struggling child. The goal is to provide practical guidance for churches seeking effective ways to support families.
Love and Loss in Foster Care The fear and uncertainty that comes with foster care and adoption can cause many families to shy away from pursuing what God is asking of them. Author and adoptive father Johnston Moore challenges families to examine the fears and concerns in the light of God’s promises as they step out in faith to welcome children into their homes.
Raising Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
In this booklet (part of a series devoted to the subject), you’ll meet Mike and Kristin, two incredible adoptive parents who were presented with the particular challenge of raising children living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Inside, you’ll find out exactly what this term means. You’ll learn the risks of prenatal alcohol exposure, the signs and symptoms of the condition and some of the things that can be done to counteract its negative effects. Best of all, you’ll be introduced to new parenting and educational.
Hope & Healing for Sensory Deprivation
Many adoptive families struggle with some of the behaviors of their children. At times, that is due to a lack of knowledge about sensory processing disorder and how it impacts children. This booklet gives some practical ways families can identify the signs of sensory processing disorder as well as ways to help their child heal.
Attachment in Adoption
The parenting of children from hard places can be a challenge for many adoptive parents – but there is hope for even the most complex situations. “Attachment in Adoption” gives adoptive and foster parents in-depth insights into why their child may have difficulty adapting to life in a new family – and gives them hope for success. This positive and informative booklet will show you how your child has formed his or her current behavior and offers tips and resources for overcoming their past and building a bond that is rewarding for both you and your child.
Preparing for a Transracial Adoption When considering transracial adoption, there are a number of questions that arise: Do I know how to teach a child to interact with a world that will treat them differently because of the color of their skin? Am I prepared to help my child respond to the extra attention and curiosity that comes from others as we “stand out” as a transracial family? This thoughtful booklet was created to help provide questions that potential adoptive parents should be asking and point out practical ways to find the answers.
Wait No More: One Family’s Amazing Adoption Journey Kelly & John Rosati Kelly and John Rosati never expected to adopt four children from the U.S. foster care system. But God’s plan for them turned out to be even more extraordinary than they could have planned. Follow Kelly and John in their amazing journey through the child welfare system. You’ll be inspired by the story of how God brought their family together, and challenged by their honest and revealing look at the desperate need of children still waiting for families. The Rosati’s story is one of hope amid challenges, beauty from ashes, and faith that sustains. It’s a beautiful picture of what family truly looks like.
Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family Adoption is a high calling from God, and the Christian home primary soil for planting seeds of faith. But how will post-adoption challenges affect this growth? Most agencies do a great job of connecting families with children who need a forever family. Not many prepare you for the unexpected issues—an adopted child fighting with his new siblings or not wanting to be touched or showing signs of reactive attachment disorder (RAD). The more you know, the more confident you will be to meet the unique needs of your adopted child and your entire family. This distinctly Christian book will equip readers to be successful adoptive parents. Packed from cover to cover with information, advice, ideas, and resources, Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family will inspire and inform parents committed to making adoption work. Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family is the one parenting resource that provides comprehensive, topical, Bible-based solutions for the inevitable challenges after adoption.
A Servant’s Heart: Supporting Adoptive Families in Your Community Adoption itself may be a singular event, but the path toward healing for both a child and the family is ongoing. With support and care from those around them, adoptive families can truly thrive. A Servant’s Heart helps individuals and churches understand how to rightly care for.