Note: Some of these resources are free and some aren’t. Many of the paid resources are affiliate services or products. That means I make a small commission if you purchase using the provided link at no extra cost to you.
Recommended Books and Support Materials
Jason Johnson Blog – Jason is a an adoptive and foster dad, author, speaker, and trainer. On his blog you will find insightful articles and helpful resources for support groups and church ministries.
CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans) – CAFO unites organizations across the world for the purpose of caring for orphans and vulnerable children.
The Forgotten Initiative – The Forgotten Initiative (TFI) resources, supports and networks Advocates across the nation, helping them grow sustainable foster care ministries in their communities.
Empowered to Connect – Empowered to Connect provides companion resources (workbooks, courses, videos, etc.) that highlight the biblical principles behind The Connected Child.
Fostering Hope Austin – Fostering Hope Austin provides training and support to families, churches, and every participant in the foster care process emphasizing trauma informed care.
The Circle of Security – Circle of Security International presents trainings around the globe focusing on the early intervention models to increase attachment and security.
Creative Therapies – Creative Therapies by Marti Smith Seminars offers workshops that are practical, fun, and enthusiastic. Marti is a trauma informed occupational therapist.
Support and Community
The longer I am an adoptive dad and work with foster and adoptive families, I find that many families feel alone and isolated. We all need to know that we aren’t alone in this journey.
The best kind of support is with families who “get it” that you can do life with, but that isn’t always available or easy to establish. Online support groups help fill that void and can lead to finding those who live close enough to meet regularly. Here are a few that I am member of:
Parenting with Connection (Facebook group) – This group supports parents in implementing connection based tools. For more information on the models that we support please reference The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, Beyond Consequences Logic and Control by Heather Forbes and No Drama Discipline by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.
Support group for Foster2Forever (Facebook group) – A support group for foster parents who a part of the Foster2Forever Forum.
Adoptive Families (Facebook group) – A community resource from Adoptive Families magazine—www.adoptivefamilies.com—information, advice, and support— for people considering adoption, families going through the adoption process, and parents raising adopted children.
If you want to recommend a book, website, or a support group to add to this list please contact me at Kenneth@KennethACamp.com.
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