We have resumed processing Lending Library orders!
Please know that there may be slight delays, as library orders are only being processed once per week at this time. In addition, please note that we are taking precautionary measures to sanitize items to help keep everyone safe.

Please feel free to call us at 414-475-1246 or 800-762-8063 and speak with a member of our resource team who may be able to help guide you to other materials that may be helpful.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.


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.

Questions? Comments? Please e-mail info@coalitionforcyf.org.

Communicating About Kids in Care: Understanding Stigmas & Stereotypes

Take a moment to think of the representations you’ve seen of children who were adopted or in foster care throughout your lifetime. Television, movies, news stories, and social media have often portrayed these youth using stereotypes. Children who are part of “the system” are usually shown in one of two ways. They are often depicted […]

FAW: Talking to the Kids in Your Care About Tough Stuff

“We need to talk.” Do those four words strike fear in your heart? They are usually the signal that a difficult conversation is on its way. Most of us are just not good at discussing potentially painful topics. Unfortunately, we can’t avoid it. In this issue of Fostering Across Wisconsin, you’ll find information, resources, and tips […]

Surviving the Storm – The life of a child in foster care

Julia Charles is a twenty-five year old graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. After many transitions in and out of the child welfare system Julia chose to reshape her experiences into a tool for teaching adults and providing support to other foster youths. As a foster care alumnus, Julia feels she has the […]

It’s Okay To Wonder – The Joy of Avery Series

It’s Okay to Wonder is a story about Avery, a loquacious girl whose parents have decided to become foster parents. While Mom and Dad attend another foster training class, Avery shares with her Nana and Pop about her mixed-up feelings. She and her grandparents learn together what it might be like to become a foster […]

A Little Spot Of Anger – A story about managing BIG Emotions

It can be really hard to handle BIG Emotions, especially ANGER! Kids experience frustrating situations everyday, whether it’s someone taking their toy or they feel like they can’t do something. This story shows them that instead of yelling or stomping their feet, they can practice some fun ways to help them stay CALM.

Not My Idea – A book about whiteness

Not My Idea offers an emotional inlet to the crisis white children experience when they know people are being harmed and they are actively discouraged from feeling anything about it. Inspired by her own children’s curiosity, Higginbotham sets the story in present-day America, where a white child sees news coverage of a police shooting. The book […]

What Do These Behaviors Mean? How Children Process & Respond to Trauma

In our original tip sheet, What Do These Behaviors Mean?, we wrote about what underlies so many challenging behaviors—behaviors like lying, stealing, aggression, defiance, hoarding, and meltdowns. And, we shared how trauma and fear are the foundation for these behaviors. Here, we build on that information, digging a little deeper into how kids’ brains process […]

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Let’s talk my friends. Emmanuel Acho believes the only way to cure our nation’s oldest disease–racism–starts with a profound, revolutionary idea: actually talking to one another. No, seriously. Until it gets uncomfortable… and then some. In Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Acho connects his own experience with race and racism–including his majority-white prep school […]