resources

This page will continually be under construction as I find new resources. I hope that your interest is piqued by our story enough to check out these sites and resources. Some of the books for recommended reading will repeat in various sections based on their content.


General Resources for Orphan Care:
Christian Alliance for Orphans - this site is clearly very faith-based, but has some wonderful resources for all aspects of orphan care - global, foster care, adoption, systemic issues, and many more.

Show Hope - This organization has been a terrific resource for adoptive families, providing grants and information. They are focused on orphan care on many different levels, not just through adoption, but also through special care centers.

Recommended Reading:
Adopted for Life - Russell Moore

Adoption Nation - Adam Pertman

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption - Elisabeth O'Toole
Raising Adopted Children - Lois Relski Melin





Foster Care/Adoption:
AdoptUSKids - a great place to start out. Includes a photo listing of waiting children, resource directories, information on how to start on your foster care/adoption journey, and much more.

Tapestry Ministry - this site has a wealth of information for looking into foster care and adoption, for support after the fact, and tons of resources no matter what stage you currently find yourself in. It's a ministry of Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas.


Adoption Journey - a terrific site for those thinking about adoption or starting the adoption process. There are tons of stories for all types of adoptions as well as a connecting feature to put you in touch with other adoptive families.

SPOON Foundation Adoption Nutrition - a great site for help with food issues. It even has country-specific nutrition information for those who have adopted internationally.

Recommended Reading:
Another Place at the Table - Kathy Harrison
One Small Boat - Kathy Harrison
Parenting the Hurt Child - Gregory C Keck
Adopting the Hurt Child - Gregory C Keck
Three Little Words - Ashley Rhodes-Courter



Parenting Traumatized Children/Attachment:
Empowered to Connect - My favorite site, by far. Dr. Purvis is just an amazing woman who has done some landmark work in this field. This site is faith-based, but it is based on Dr. Purvis's book which is easily accessible for those of any faith or non-faith background.

Therapeutic Parenting videos - Christine Moers is a RAD-parenting mom, and her videos have provided me with some essential help and skills during some pretty critical moments. I refer back to these fairly regularly.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) - This is one of two primary techniques we've used in therapy with Mr. B. However, it has proven beneficial for all of our children. I highly recommend this to increase trust, respect, and compliance in children, especially traumatized ones.

Theraplay - This is the second of the two primary techniques we use in therapy. This is actually my favorite of the two - it is very easy to see progress with these exercises. We use these interventions regularly, both in scheduled therapy sessions and at home.

Recommended Reading:
Nurturing Adoptions - Deborah Gray
Attaching in Adoption - Deborah Gray
Parenting the Hurt Child - Gregory C Keck
Adopting the Hurt Child - Gregory C Keck
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog - Bruce Perry
The Connected Child - Karyn Purvis
Wounded Children, Healing Homes - Jayne Schooler



General Parenting Sites and Books:
Ask Dr. Sears - Tremendous resource for all kinds of parenting questions. Dr. Sears is a big supporter of attachment parenting which is a style that is extremely helpful when parenting hurt kids.

Recommended Reading:
The No-Cry Sleep Solution - Elizabeth Pantley
The Whole-Brain Child - Dr Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Daring Greatly - Brene Brown




Transracial Parenting:
Adoptive Families Resource List - Here's a list that I've only begun to explore the depths of. Great resource for transracial adoptive parents.

My Brown Baby - While this site purports to be for black parents, so much of the content is just unbelievably helpful for me while I try to see things through new eyes.

Recommended Reading: 
In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories - Rita J Simon
Inside Transracial Adoption - Gail Steinberg




Sensory Processing Disorder: 
All of the following sites have tons of info on various aspects of SPD, along with practical tools and links for equipment.

Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

Understanding SPD

Recommended Reading:
The Out-of-Sync Child - Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller
Raising a Sensory-Smart Child - Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske
Sensational Kids - Lucy Jane Miller and Doris Fuller
Understanding Your Child's Sensory Signals - Angie Voss







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