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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.
The fear and uncertainty that come 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 their fears and concerns in the light of God’s promises as they step out in faith to welcome vulnerable children into their homes.
In this booklet (part of a series on parenting challenges), you’ll meet Mike and Kristin, two incredible adoptive parents who faced the prospect of raising children living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
This resource explains the meaning of that term, outlines the risks of prenatal alcohol exposure, lists the signs and symptoms of the condition, and explores some of the things that can be done to counteract its negative effects. Best of all, it offers new parenting and educational strategies designed to meet the problem head-on.
Many adoptive families struggle to understand some of the more challenging behaviors demonstrated by their kids. Sometimes, this is due to a lack of knowledge about sensory processing disorder (SPD) and how it impacts children. This booklet offers families guidance for identifying the signs of sensory processing disorder and provides solid advice for helping SPD-impacted children heal.
When considering transracial adoption, there are a number of questions that arise. “Do I know how to teach my child to interact with a world that will treat him differently because of the color of his 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 parents think through questions like these, and to point out practical ways to find the answers.
Children with a history of trauma don’t always respond well to traditional “talk therapy.” For many of these children, animals can be the bridge, taking them from distress, disconnection and discouragement to a place of connection, restoration and healing.
Much like art, music or dance therapy, animal-assisted therapy engages children through their senses, rather than through words. For the child who is reluctant to talk to adults, an animal can be a great listener. Written by an expert in the areas of foster care and child trauma, this booklet introduces the idea of animal-assisted therapy for your child.
The parenting of children from hard places can be a challenge for many foster and adoptive parents – but there is hope for even the most complex situations. “Attachment in Foster Care & 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.
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.
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.
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