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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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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FAW: Coping with Uncertainty

The uncertainty of our current times creates the stress of the unknown for all families, and that can’t help but affect children in care. We understand that many families are facing major changes in their day-to-day lives because of the coronavirus pandemic. With all the unknowns, it is absolutely understandable to feel anxious about the “what […]

FAW: School Tools

School Tools So much has changed–and will likely continue to change–around school issues in 2020. As we work together to address those new changes as they arise, there are some topics that remain top of mind for those parenting school-aged children in out-of-home care. We hope this issue provides some tips, insights, and guidance to […]

FAW: Sibling Relationships

Sibling Relationships We can all play a role in supporting child well-being and sibling relationships. Simply recognizing how crucial and beneficial those relationships are and doing our best to encourage and strengthen the bonds between siblings is a wonderful and vitally important first step. Articles included are titled: The Importance of Maintaining Sibling Relationships for […]

FAW: Relatives Caring for Children

Relatives Caring for Children While relative placements maintain crucial family/cultural connections and produce the best possible outcomes for children needing out of home care, relative caregiving can have a dramatic impact on the daily life of caregivers. For this issue of Fostering Across Wisconsin, we talked to some caregivers about how becoming and being a relative caregiver has […]

FAW: Transracial Parenting

Transracial Parenting Talking about race can be a tough conversation; but it’s an important topic, especially for foster and adoptive parents. We hope the articles in this edition of Fostering Across Wisconsin will be helpful as you support and advocate for the children of color in your care. This issue includes the following articles: Not […]

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 […]

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 […]