Resources

Adoption Resources

Focus on the Family – Adoption Ministries

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Focus on the Family believes Christians have a clear command to care for orphans, and there are many ways to get involved—praying, giving, mobilizing your church or adopting. Whichever you decide, ICareAboutOrphans.org provides guidance and support as you walk down this incredibly rewarding path. Their hope is that you begin to see the face of Christ in these children.

 

Wait No More Informational Events 

Wait No More – Finding Families for Waiting Kids
Right now, more than 100,000* legal orphans in United States foster care are waiting for adoptive families. The US also has more than 300,000 churches, and God has given clear commands for Christians to take care of His orphan children. So if the command is clear and the need is apparent, why are these kids still waiting? At Focus on the Family, we believe that every child has the right to have a family. That’s why we’re collaborating with adoption agencies, church leaders, and ministry partners to raise awareness of and recruit families for those waiting for permanent families. Through one day events and targeted marketing campaigns, Focus on the Family is highlighting the urgent need for adoptive parents. For too long, these children and youth have been overlooked. But that is changing. God is stirring the hearts of His people to welcome these children and youth into forever homes. To date, more than 3,400 families have initiated the process of adoption from foster care as a result of the collaborative efforts of Wait No More. And this is only the beginning.

Wait No More Book

Wait No More tells Kelly and John Rosati’s story of experiencing God more fully through the great blessings and challenges encountered during their journey to adopt four children from the U.S. foster care system. It is a story of God’s faithfulness to grow a beautiful family, through adoption, from the ashes of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. The Rosatis strongly believe that God’s solution for orphaned children in the foster care system involves ordinary Christians desiring to live out an authentic pro-life commitment requiring action, not just words. Their story reveals how their beliefs challenged, enriched, and completely changed their family’s life.

 

Handbook for 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.

 

Empowered to Connect 

Empowered to Connect

 

Empowered To Connect is a adoption and foster care ministry seeking to help parents and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. Empowered To Connect partners with Show Hope and The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU to host the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents as well as offers numerous parenting and foster/adopt resources.

 

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

TCU’s Institute of Child Development is now the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development named in honor of the late Dr. Karyn Purvis who was the Rees-Jones Director and co-founder of the Child Development Institute at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX., the co-creator of Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, co-author of a best-selling book in the adoption genre, and a passionate and effective advocate for children. She coined the term “children from hard places” to describe the children she loved and served, those who have suffered trauma, abuse, neglect or other adverse conditions early in life. Her research-based philosophy for healing harmed children centered on earning trust and building deep emotional connections to anchor and empower them. DVD and other institute resources are available here.

 

Texas Adoption Resource Exchange

 

Texas Adoption Resource Exchange

The Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) website helps match children awaiting adoption with adoptive parents. It includes photos and profile information on children available for adoption and allows families to provide information about their adoption preferences and interests in adopting a child. Families need to create an account and complete a family profile in order to view the full profile information and to inquire on children or sibling groups.

 

Other State Adoption Websites

Other State Adoption Websites

If you are interested in adoption from foster care in another state, check out this page which lists all US state websites. You will be able to learn the specific requirements, resources, and supports available for families interested in adopting through the state foster care system.

 

 

 

Parenting Resources

Beyond Consequences Institute

Beyond Consequences InstituteThe Beyond Consequences Institute specializes in providing proven and effective resources for raising challenging children, especially children who have experienced any type of trauma in the past. Our scientifically based model for parenting has been shown over and over to help families find the healing that they have been looking for after years of “trying everything and nothing worked.”

 

 

The Connected Child

Connected-Child-Cover-web-198x300The Connected Child, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis, has helped countless adoptive and foster parents better connect with their children as they seek to love and care for them in a way that honors God.

“Dr. Karyn Purvis’ resources are unique in bringing help and healing to children touched by adoption and foster care. She has a special and effective way of bringing compassion to the children by equipping parents with tangible and practical methods to create stronger bonds and more nurturing relationships and connections with their children. Amongst the many challenges of adoption, Karyn brings hope – empowering adoptive families to thrive!” – Andy Lehman – Vice President, Lifesong for Orphans and Board Member, Christian Alliance for Orphans

FREE Connected Child Study Guide – Created To Connect is designed to help illuminate the biblical principles that serve as the foundation for the philosophy and interventions detailed in The Connected Child. You can download (free of charge) a pdf file of the entire study guide or chapter-by-chapter.

Grace Based Parenting

Grace Based ParentingThis book is a must for parents who want to love their kids the way God loves his – through a lifelong relationship not just a long list of rules. With humor and poignancy, Dr. Kimmel goes into depth on how to meet your children’s inner heart needs and set their hearts free to be who God created them to be.

Grace-Based Parenting will help you:

  • Find the balance point in a world of extremes
  • Keep from investing your energies in a long list of things that don’t matter
  • Make parenting more fun
  • Liberate your children emotionally and spiritually
  • Prepare your whole family for a lifetime of healthy choices and relationships-with God and with each other
  • Know the best way you can meet your kids’ most basic needs-the way God meets all of ours

This study is for ALL parents – not just foster or adoptive parents, but the content is insightful and impacting. An in-depth study with session videos as well as many other resources are available from Dr. Kimmel – founder of Family Matters ministries.

Companion Resource – Grace Based Discipline

Grace-Based-DisciplineEvery parent wants to know, “How do I discipline my kids?” “Parents face a crazy paradox,” says author Karis Kimmel Murray. “We love our kids exactly as they are, but we also love them too much to let them stay that way!” Disciplining kids is tough . . . even on a good day. We just want the 140-character version of what we should do when our kids’ behavior scrapes the enamel off our sanity. Here’s what God says: “The Lord disciplines the one he loves, ” (Hebrews 12: 6). With humor and down-to-earth practicality, Karis shares stories of trial and triumph straight from the trenches of parenting. From the first page, Karis gives desperate parents a reliable recipe for peace, boundaries, and effective discipline.

In Grace Based Discipline, learn how to:

  • Stay calm, even when you’re staring down the barrel of a loaded toddler
  • Customize your discipline to your child’s unique personality, age and needs
  • Set rules based on God’s priorities, not yours
  • Apply consequences that really work

Dr. Kimmel has a specific conference session geared toward foster/adoptive parents which can be found here.

The Whole Brain Child

The Whole Brain ChildNew York Times Best Seller – In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

No Drama Discipline

No Drama DisciplineAlso a New York Times Bestseller – Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene. Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation. Complete with candid stories and playful illustrations that bring the authors’ suggestions to life, No-Drama Discipline shows you how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family.

 

Adoption Events

For those wanting to explore the idea of adoption – attend an informational event

Wait No More Informational Events 

Right now, more than 100,000* legal orphans in United States foster care are waiting for adoptive families. The US also has more than 300,000 churches, and God has given clear commands for Christians to take care of His orphan children. So if the command is clear and the need is apparent, why are these kids still waiting? At Focus on the Family, we believe that every child has the right to have a family. That’s why we’re collaborating with adoption agencies, church leaders, and ministry partners to raise awareness of and recruit families for those waiting for permanent families. Through one day events and targeted marketing campaigns, Focus on the Family is highlighting the urgent need for adoptive parents. For too long, these children and youth have been overlooked. But that is changing. God is stirring the hearts of His people to welcome these children and youth into forever homes. To date, more than 3,400 families have initiated the process of adoption from foster care as a result of the collaborative efforts of Wait No More. And this is only the beginning.

*Other informational events are hosted by local adoption agencies across the country. A quick internet search should lead you to a few.

For those wanting more – attend a conference!

4 Reasons You Need to Attend a Conference This Year 

MUST READ Blog Post from Ryan North – While it was written to promote a specific conference, this is a great read with reasons you need to attend an adoption conference.

Empowered to Connect Conference

Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope and The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.

The conference features speakers like David Cross, Mandy Howard, Daren Jones, Dan and Terri Coley, Ryan and Kayla North, Casey Call, and Cindy Lee and is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others.

Tapestry Conference

The Tapestry Conference is an adoption and foster care conference presented by The Tapestry adoption ministry of Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas. This annual conference draws parents and professionals alike to learn and grow in their knowledge of caring for adoptive and foster children. Tapestry focuses on serving families as they travel the adoption and foster care journey. This is a great conference for those seeking quality without enormous crowds. This conference is a little more intimate than some.

Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit

The Refresh Conference

Refresh is a Christian conference designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for God’s orphaned and vulnerable children. We understand firsthand that this journey can be difficult and lonely. The Refresh Conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be refreshed, equipped, and inspired.

The Barker Adoption Foundation Conference

Barker’s highly-regarded annual adoption and foster care conference in the Washington, DC area offers the opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s leading adoption experts, as well as from all members of the adoption circle about their experiences with, and strategies for, managing issues and events throughout the adoption journey.