Parenting Resources

You are not alone.  Many parents have walked a road similar to yours and we want to offer information and resources to help!

In cooperation with the Blend ministry, we have compiled the following list of helpful books, parenting resources and materials.  Parenting is one of the more challenging tasks; and parenting children who have faced losses, abandonment and abuse can present even more areas for growth.  Below, we have listed recommended aids for adoptive and foster families.  This list is for informational purposes only, we are not experts, but a grouping of parents who have compiled a list of resources.  

If you or your child is going through an especially difficult time, seek professional help from a licensed therapist who is familiar with adoption and adoption-related trauma. If we can assist you in finding help, contact us.

Website Links

Dr. Dan Siegel

Discover the mindsight approach and the latest science as it emerges in the exciting field of interpersonal neurobiology. Our mission here at the Mindsight Institute is to provide a scientifically grounded, integrated view of human development for mental health practitioners, educators, organizational leaders, parents, and others to promote the growth of vibrant lives and healthy minds. Join in the collaborative journey to bring more kindness, compassion, and resilience into our world!


PACT (Parenting Adoptees Can Trust)
Debra Delulio Jones, offers more than two decades of first-hand experience in training children with special needs, including learning disabilities, mental retardation, autism, development delays, emotional disturbances, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.


Trauma-Informed Parenting

The resources you will find there will equip foster and adoption social workers to prepare trauma competent healing parents. The resources on this site are not only for use in the United States, but internationally. Currently, some of the resources have been translated into Russian.  In late June, they will be available in Polish.


Empowered to Connect

Empowered to Connect provides various parenting resources, videos, links to articles, books and study guides relating to connecting with children from difficult backgrounds.  On this site, you will find an online library of articles, audio and video presentations covering a wide variety of topics for adoptive and foster parents as well as ministry leaders and professionals.


National and International Trauma Consortium Resources

The National and International Trauma Conrotium Resources website shares information and resources in line with their vision and passion to provide safety, permanency and well-being for children who find themselves in foster care or moving into an adoptive placement and who do so with a history of traumatic separation and loss.