- Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.
- The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis, Ph.D., David R. Cross Ph.D. and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
- Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D
- Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
- Adopting the Hurt Child by Gregory C Keck, Ph.D., and Regina M. Kupecky, LSW
- Parenting the Hurt Child by Gregory C Keck, Ph.D., and Regina M. Kupecky, LSW
The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development has many helpful videos on their YouTube page.
- http://kidhero.chw.org/ This blog features discussions focused on foster care and adoptive parenting.
- http://confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com/6-adoption-do-overs-id-take-if-i-could/ – This article and others on the “Confessions” website are wonderful. Mike and Kristen Berry write from their own experiences as adoptive parents.
- The new Talking with Older Youth About Adoption (1.1 MB PDF) tip sheet, developed collaboratively by Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids, provides tangible tips and suggestions on ways to make these conversations about permanency with older youth effective and meaningful.
Helpful Websites for Sensory Development
- Lovingtouch.com has information on infant massage.
- Smartknitkids.com sells compression clothing/socks.
- Irlen.com carries colored lenses and overlays.
- Braingym.org has a list of movement ideas.
- Americanhippotherapyassociation.org explains the process and benefits of horses in advancing sensory and emotional development.
- Officeplayground.com sells fidgets.
Health-Care Coverage for Youth in Foster Care—and After
This issue brief reviews the eligibility pathways for children and youth in foster care to receive Medicaid or other health-care coverage and looks at some of the new benefits now mandated through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially those for older youth in or formerly in foster care.
New Adoption Factsheet Series for Parents
- Parenting Your Adopted Preschooler provides practical strategies to promote a warm and loving parent-child relationship based on honesty and trust. It offers information on development, talking about adoption, and appropriate discipline.
- Parenting Your Adopted School-Age Child offers simple, practical strategies to foster the healthy development of children ages 6-12, including approaches for building attachment, talking honestly about adoption, acknowledging your child’s adoptive history, using appropriate discipline, and enhancing the school experience.
- Parenting Your Adopted Teenager is designed to help adoptive parents understand their adopted teenager’s experiences and needs so parents can respond with practical strategies that foster healthy development. These strategies include approaches that acknowledge trauma and loss, support effective communication, promote a teen’s independence, and address behavioral and mental health concerns.
These resources (via the Child Welfare Information Gateway)
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Educational Resources for Parents
Families Together, Inc. www.familiestogetherinc.org “Families Together, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides support and information for families of children, from birth to age 26, with disabilities and/or special health/care needs. Programs are offered at no cost to families, and are available in English and Spanish.”
Kansas State Department of Education www.ksde.org “Kansas State Department of Education website provides families with resources and support for students who receive Title services and students with disabilities in specialized and general education classrooms.”
Disability Rights Center www.drckansas.org “Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC), is a public interest legal advocacy agency empowered to advocate for the civil and legal rights of Kansans with disabilities. Such advocacy entails help with IEP programs in schools and mediation inside the school system to ensure students are getting adequate services.”