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.

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Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
Additional Author: Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center

Fostering Across Wisconsin Newsletters

We publish Fostering Across Wisconsin three times a year. Each issue focuses on a specific theme or topic, and includes such things as articles, resources, and stories for readers. Fostering Across Wisconsin can be downloaded and printed for easy sharing. If you’d like to sign up for an email notification when the latest issue has been published, you can do that here.

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 […]

FAW: Foster Parent Champions

Foster Parent Champions For most of us, making a major life decision involves gathering the opinions and input of a lot of different people. Sure, we turn to “the experts” and we do the research. But we also ask our family members and our friends for their thoughts—especially if those people in our circle of […]

FAW: Talking about Children & Youth with Special Needs

Person-First Language: Talking about Children and Youth with Special Needs Imagine walking into a room full of people you don’t know. In a situation like this, you want to put your best foot forward, to make a good first impression. But, then imagine that everything about you that may be unflattering or negative were visible […]

FAW: Circles of Support

Circles of Support: Caregivers Need Care, Too When you think of why you became a foster parent, and the traits that you possess that help you on your journey, what comes to mind? Dedication? Compassion? Nurturing? Those and other strengths are the qualities that make you the great foster parent you are! However, these same […]

FAW: Focus on Fathers

Focus on Fathers Let’s be honest, foster dads don’t often get their due recognition. There aren’t many foster dad support groups or “Dad’s Night Out” for foster dads. But the truth is, foster dads are out there, in full force, providing invaluable love,  nurturing, and guidance to children and youth in care. Articles include Tips […]

FAW: The Importance of Sibling Relationships

The Importance of Sibling Relationships The focus in foster care is often on a child’s relationship with his or her parent(s) and the efforts to restore that connection. Children in care live outside their parental home for a period of time, and in the case of some, for the remainder of their childhoods. We know […]

FAW: The Many Emotions of Kinship Care

The Many Emotions of Kinship Care For a lot of kinship parents, the decision to change hats from being a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling to being in a caregiver or parent role literally happened over night – or at least with little or no warning. So many significant and abrupt changes in such […]

FAW: Supporting the Emotional Healing of the Children in Your Care

Supporting the Emotional Healing of the Children in Your Care One of the most important and ever-present jobs of a foster parent is to help children heal from past traumas and emotional difficulties. Wounds from past negative events can act like invisible barriers to emotional connection. This can be especially true for the kids we […]

FAW: Coordinating Culture & Care

Coordinating Culture & Care When a child enters out-of-home care, there are so many questions and so many things on the to-do list. Ensuring that the child is safe, that he or she has the clothing and hygiene products that are needed, and adjusting to a routine take precedence for all involved. However, understanding the […]

FAW: A Foster Parent’s Tool Box

A Foster Parent’s Tool Box The journey of providing foster care is dotted with “a-ha” moments along the way. Over time, we pick up new information and strategies, process challenges through new lenses, and receive relevant suggestions from others in our expanding network of those who have journeyed before us. It often seems like our […]