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.

Oh No, School!

Oh No, School! is the story of a young girl named Holly who does not want to go to school. She has to share toys that she wants to keep to herself, the teacher talks too loudly, and Holly has to practice things she s never done before. Through gentle reassurance and coaching, Holly s […]

Helping Children & Youth in Care Achieve School Success

Getting ready for school can be a complex and potentially overwhelming experience for children and youth in care—as well as for foster parents. You may have a child in your home who will be starting at a brand new school, returning to the same school, or you may be welcoming a new child into your […]

Adoption at School: Homework Triggers

As an adoptive parent, you know that many childhood issues have an adoption “overlay.” This means that, while you’re aware that certain things are typical for your child’s age or stage of development, you also know that your child’s adoption may be a factor in behaviors that you see. Homework assignments and other school activities […]

S.A.F.E. at School

Promote a positive, adoption-sensitive environment at your school. Designed specifically for education professionals, delivers five proactive strategies to help teachers weave brief, informal and insightful educational opportunities into their already existing program curricula and to understand why support for adoptive families by educators benefits all of their students.

Preparing for Your Child to Go to School

Preparing your children for school involves many things; however, for your adopted child, you may want to include talking specifically to your child and their teachers about adoption and how certain experiences in a school setting may create challenging situations. Several tips are discussed to teach and coach your child on how to appropriately discuss […]

Saved By the Bell : Surviving High School

Teens in foster care face difficult challenges in high school because of their painful family backgrounds and unstable circumstances in care. In these stories, teens write about the personal and academic pressures that affect their attitudes toward education and school performance.