There’s a lot of information having to do with the world of foster care out there. The need to search out helpful websites can be an overwhelming task. Our team has found the following websites to be useful resources for additional information and support for you and your family.

  • Adoption at the Movies is aimed at helping foster, adoptive, and pre-adoptive families start important conversations about adoption-related issues. Adoption issues are often highly emotional, and are also pretty often unique to adoption. Families often feel intimidated because the issues are so important and yet so unfamiliar. Movies are pretty easy to talk about though, and Adoption at the Movies is about using films as easy bridges into those important but hard-to-reach conversations.
  • The Alliance for Youth: America’s Promise is the nation’s leading voice for young people. Through partnerships with government, nonprofits, business and communities, America’s Promise works together to ensure that all children have five essential resources: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and support to help others.
  • Camp information and options: We have put together a list of some suggested summer camps (PDF). You can also check out some camp options compiled by Broadscope Disability Services.
  • Casey Life Skills provides free and easy to use tools to help young people prepare for adulthood.
  • Connect for Kids (AKA Spark Action) makes the best use of communications technologies, specifically the Internet, to give adults-parents, grandparents, guardians, educators, advocates, policy makers, elected officials and others – the tools and information they need to improve the lives of youth and families. The Connect for Kids online publication covers more than 30 topics, ranging from arts to youth development, foster care to adoption, and welfare reform.
  • The Child Welfare League of America is the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. The Child Welfare League is committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth and their families, and protecting every child from harm.
  • Dr. John DeGarmo’s website for news, information, and resources on all things foster care.
  • Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating back to 1864, Girls Inc. has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, under-served areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.
  • Junior Achievement is a movement that seeks to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives.
  • Kindering Center is committed to creating and providing superior, individualized, family centered services for children who are disabled, medically fragile, or vulnerable because of abuse or neglect, to develop maximum potential, hope and community understanding.
  • National Network for Youth champions the needs of runaway, homeless, and other disconnected youth through advocacy, innovation and services – one community at a time.
  • The National Youth Leadership Council increases the capacity of schools and communities to engage young people in learning and service.
  • Project Q is the Youth Program of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. Project Q provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and their straight allies ages 24 and under.
  • Searching for Birth Relatives: Children and adults who were adopted sometimes wonder about their birth family and their own history. It can be a life-changing decision to search for pieces of information or even meet members of your birth family. If you’re thinking about searching for your birth family, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families’ web page about the Adoption Records Search Program. You might also be interested in our tip sheet, To Search or Not to Search.
  • Strategic Sharing Booklet from Casey.org is a great guide for those involved in foster care. You may have opportunities to share your life story with others in order to educate and influence them. Whether you are a person in or from foster care, a care provider, a professional or interested community member, you’ve lived a story of your own.
  • Therapists: Parents and others who work with foster care and adoption issues recommend the following therapists. We do not endorse any particular therapist. Please send corrections or additions to any of these lists to info@coalitionforcyf.org.
  • Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support Program
  • Wisconsin Waiver Services (PDF)
  • Youth Communication helps teenagers develop their skills in reading, writing, thinking, and reflection, so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives.
  • The mission of the Youth Volunteer Corps of America is to create and increase volunteer opportunities to enrich America’s youth, address community needs and develop a lifetime commitment to service.
  • The United Indians of all Tribes Foundation is a public, non-profit community-based organization founded in 1970. This foundation creates opportunities for Native children, youth and families to build a positive and healthy future.
  • Since 1990, YouthBuild USA has guided the development of an expanding national network of more than 225 local YouthBuild programs.