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: Post Adoption Resource Center

Tip Sheets

Tip sheets are short informational resources on a variety of topics related to adoption, post-adoption, foster care, and caring for children and youth in general. Most tip sheets are three-four pages in length and include links to additional resources and information.

Setting Healthy Boundaries Between Birth and Foster Families

Boundaries are essential in any kind of relationship—between parents and children, friends, employers and employees, and certainly between foster families and birth families. Simply stated, a boundary is anything that separates two things. For the purposes of communication and relationships, setting healthy boundaries means talking about what is and is not okay. Taking the time […]

Self-Harming Behaviors: How You Can Help Your Child

Perhaps one of our greatest instincts as parents is to protect our children from harm. That’s why it can be particularly disturbing when you discover your child is self-harming. What could possibly cause a child to intentionally hurt themselves? More importantly, is there anything you can do to prevent it from happening?   Download PDF […]

Wisconsin Waiver Services for Children Post-Adoption

Children with developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities may qualify for Wisconsin’s Waiver Programs. This tip sheet provides a basic overview of those programs and how to find out of your child qualifies for any of the waiver programs.   Download PDF   Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & FamiliesAdditional Author: Post Adoption Resource Center of […]

Depression in Teens Who Were Adopted: What Families Need to Know

Sometimes it’s hard to know what is considered typical teenage behavior and what requires some extra attention. This tip sheet focuses on whether your teen may be going through a temporary phase or, instead, may be suffering from teen depression. Included are a definition of depression, some potential risk factors to be aware of, and […]

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This is an introductory informational sheet about autism spectrum disorder. Common behaviors are shared, as well as how it is diagnosed and what you can do if you suspect your child is showing signs of this disorder.   Download PDF   Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & FamiliesAdditional Author: Foster Care & Adoption Resource Center

Fostering Children and Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) can be a challenging disorder to diagnose and to parent. This tip sheet includes types and characteristics of FAS, as well as suggested parenting techniques you can try with your child.   Download PDF   Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & FamiliesAdditional Author: Foster Care & Adoption Resource Center

Caring for a Child with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Knowing how to care for child who is suffering from the effects of withdrawal from drugs can be frightening, confusing, or overwhelming. These little ones suffer from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and will likely need to spend some time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before they can go home with a caregiver. Babies […]

Helping to Heal Invisible Hurts: The Impact of In-utero Stress & Trauma

Now more than ever, science is helping us to understand that stress during pregnancy affects the baby in both immediate and long term ways. Just as we’ve come to understand that drug or alcohol consumption during pregnancy impacts the developing fetus, we also need to understand the impact of emotional states, such as fear, during […]