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.

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 […]

Being Adopted – The Lifelong Search for Self

How does it feel to be adopted? Do you feel differently about it when you’re forty years old than you do when you’re thirteen? As recently as a generation ago, being adopted seemed no different from being born into the family that raised you. Now, however, studies show that being adopted can affect many aspects […]

I Can Do Hard Things – Mindful Affirmations for Kids

Hard things can be about the things we think, feel, say or do. What’s hard for me may not be hard for you. You are you, and I am me. We walk through the world differently. What kids tell themselves matters! It becomes their inner voice. It can help them connect with their power within. Help […]

FAW: Resilience & Self-Care

You are a foster parent. Perhaps you’ve been doing this for a long time. Or, maybe you are newly licensed or have just finished your first placement. Perhaps you’re a single parent who has answered the call in your heart to foster. Regardless of the particulars, you may find that you are no longer that […]

Your Hair is Your Crown!

The appearance of a child’s hair affects their self-image, self-esteem, and identity. This light-hearted, educational, beautifully illustrated book is a page by page reflection of the ages and stages of hair throughout a kids life and into adulthood. In black culture, hair unfolds who you are to the world, and it is a form of […]

Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth in Your Care

Like all young people, LGBTQIA+ youth need a safe place to live, the loving guidance of supportive adults, and the freedom to express themselves as they develop a self-identity. Those who work closest with these youth, such as foster parents and adoptive parents, have the greatest opportunity for impact not only with the youth but […]

FAW: Foster Care, Grief & Loss

In welcoming a child into your home, you become an essential part of their life. You provide love, comfort, care, safety, and stability. And you are keenly aware that the child entrusted into your care could be with you for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years. Fostering a child requires an emotional investment and […]