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.

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

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.

Tips for International Adoption Travel

The day has finally come that you, and perhaps your family, will travel for that most exciting trip—the trip where you bring your child home! This may be thrilling, scary, and exhausting all at the same time. This tip sheet includes insights, things to consider, and suggestions to help you prepare and travel well.   […]

Fostering Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Fostering a child or youth with special health care needs can be both incredibly rewarding and challenging. One of the first steps in this journey is learning how to navigate the health care system and how to access community resources. This can take time, energy, and patience, but these initial investments will have beneficial results: […]

Helping Children Cope with Loss

As foster parents, you do your best to nurture the children in your care, knowing they have experienced loss that affects them deeply. Understanding loss and how it shapes children allows you to do a better job of parenting them in a way that promotes their healing. Download the tip sheet Author: Coalition for Children, […]

Parenting Siblings Connected through Trauma

Trauma can have an impact on a child’s physiology, emotions, ability to think, learn, and concentrate, impulse control, self-image, and relationships with others, including their relationships with their siblings. These complex emotional bonds can lead siblings to resort to acting out their feelings, rather than talking about their feelings. This tip sheet includes information about […]

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 […]

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 […]