One of the benefits of Lifeline’s shift in foster care ministry is the ability to serve and support all foster families in the system with continuing education and training. We are beyond excited at the chance to serve families and offer opportunities to help them succeed and heal. We recommend the resources below as tools for fostering family as they love children and their birth parents.
A webinar for foster parents to help identify areas of vulnerability (and loss of control) for children and families in foster care and respond with ways to move forward confidently. Thursday, April 6th at 8 PM CST! CEU for foster families.
10 Practical Ways to Help Your Child Heal When children come into our care from hard places, whether as a newborn or an older child, they have experienced trauma. Our privilege as a parent is to walk with them through the healing that their hearts need. To give some practical reminders and actions for parents, our Crossings team has put together the following list of ten ways parents can practically encourage healing in our children from hard places.
Adoptive & Foster Parent Connect Group Guide A free downloadable guide to creating a support group.
Equipped to Love Free curriculum to educate churches and the body of Christ in practically supporting and interacting with foster and adoptive families.
10 Ways to Honor Your Child’s Birth Mother (whether or not you have contact with her) Regardless of how many years, days, or moments they spent with their children after they were born, birth mothers are, and will always be, a part of their children’s identity. For this reason, adoptive and foster parents need to honor their children’s birth mother. Read these 10 practical tips for honoring the child in your care’s birthmother.
Books for Children:*
In My Heart by Molly Bang
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Kids Need to Be Safe by Julie Nelson
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
Books for Foster Parents:*
Ready or Not: 30 Day Discovery for Battle-Weary Parents by Pam Parrish
The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross
The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
*If you choose to purchase books through Amazon, be sure to select Lifeline Children’s Services as your charity on smile.amazon.com so that your purchases can help the foster care ministry of Lifeline.
Lifeline desires to serve and equip foster families in every capacity available. Find more resources and information about our fostering ministry at lifelinechild.org/fostering/.