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: 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 […]

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 […]