The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families’ 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 (electronic items are available to all 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.

Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families

Partners: On Trauma

On Trauma Some years ago, we spent an entire year focusing on the topic of trauma. So much has changed in the intervening years that we thought it was time to turn our attention back to trauma for this Winter 2019 edition of Partners. As adoptive and foster parents, you are truly on the front line of […]

Fostering Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Fostering a child or youth with special health care needs can be both incredibly rewarding and challenging. One of the first steps in this journey is learning how to navigate the health care system and how to access community resources. This can take time, energy, and patience, but these initial investments will have beneficial results: […]

FAW: On Trauma

On Trauma Today, more than ever before, foster and adoptive parents are learning, hearing, and dealing with the impacts of trauma on youth and young adults and how they can help those who have experienced trauma react, respond, and heal. This edition of Fostering Across Wisconsin includes articles titled: Forecasting the Unknown: Possible Long-term Effects of […]

Helping Children Cope with Loss

As foster parents, you do your best to nurture the children in your care, knowing they have experienced loss that affects them deeply. Understanding loss and how it shapes children allows you to do a better job of parenting them in a way that promotes their healing. Download the tip sheet Author: Coalition for Children, […]

Parenting Siblings Connected through Trauma

Trauma can have an impact on a child’s physiology, emotions, ability to think, learn, and concentrate, impulse control, self-image, and relationships with others, including their relationships with their siblings. These complex emotional bonds can lead siblings to resort to acting out their feelings, rather than talking about their feelings. This tip sheet includes information about […]

Born Broken, An Adoptive Journey

The story began like a dream… A child is born with all the possibilities of a bright future. Nearby, a loving family waits for the son they have always dreamed of. When they become a family, little league, playdates, birthday parties and college scholarships all seem within the grasp of this all-American family. But when […]

The Hopeful Mom’s Guide to Adoption: The Wit and Wisdom You Need for the Journey

Choosing to adopt can be overwhelming, rendering you anxious, hopeful, and confused. This no-holds-barred guide gives you the authentic offerings of Rachel Garlinghouse’s ten-year (and counting) commitment to encouragement, education, ethics, and empathy. From the day  you first consider adoption, through the homestudy process, the waiting, placement, and finalization, Rachel offers both practical and heartfelt […]

Partners: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Family

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Family We chose to write about the impact of what it means to champion a child who has been touched by foster care and/or adoption because we know that sometimes the extra love needed is for yourself. The energy it takes to regularly ride the roller coaster of behaviors, […]

FAW: How Fostering Affects the Whole Family

How Fostering Affects the Whole Family Parenting has often been called the most difficult job you’ll ever love. And, as all parents know, the job comes with countless surprises, joys, and, yes, challenges. We often hear from foster parents that they feel “called” to do this particular kind of parenting. That, despite knowing the circumstances […]