The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families’ free lending library is a collection of books, tapes, and DVDs, as well as instantly downloadable newsletters and tip sheets, about a wide variety of topics related to foster care and adoption.

Wisconsin families and professionals are welcome to check out physical materials from our library for free (electronic items are available to all, for free, and on demand). Materials requested will be shipped to you with a postage-paid return envelope. You can help us serve more people by sending along a check for the amount of postage if possible. You may check out four (4) items at a time and keep them for three (3) weeks.

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The Great Gilly Hopkins

Watch out world! The Great Gilly Hopkins is looking for a home. She’s a foster kid who’s been angry, lonely, and hurting for so long that’s she’s always ready for a fight. Be on the lookout for her best barracuda smile, the one she saves for well-meaning social workers. Watch out for her most fearful […]

The Harris Narratives – An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee

This book consists of five autobiographical narratives by Susan Harris O’Connor, a social worker and transracial adoptee. These monologues were developed and performed around the United States in academic, clinical and child welfare settings to wide acclaim over the last sixteen years. They will be of immediate interest to scholars of race, identity, emotional intelligence, […]

The Joy Of Being Adopted

A parcel of public property was to be developed for a walking path. Trees of many species and sizes were going to be destroyed. The Joy of Being Adopted follows the life of a small birch tree as it is rescued by a family and then lives its remaining life in a small community. There are two […]

Lost In Child Welfare

In this memoir, 30-year-old Ashley shares her experience in foster care from the ages of four through fifteen. Ashley opens up about spine-chilling events that she has now processed in various sessions of therapy and trial and error in life. She struggled to open up when she was young, and now hopes to help others […]

Home for A While

Calvin is in foster care, and he wants to trust someone, anyone, but is afraid to open his heart. He has lived in a lot of houses, but he still hasn’t found his home. When he moves in with Maggie, she shows him respect, offers him kindness, and makes him see things in himself that […]

No Matter What – A Foster Care Tale

Josh was a squirrel without a squirrel family, so other families tried to take him in. Between the pelicans, the leopards, the otters, the snakes, and many more, no one seemed to want a squirrel like him. Josh didn’t want a family, either. He did everything he could to scare those families away first, but […]