Resource Materials for Foster Care and Adoption

There are many resources out on the web and in our local community to support kinship, adoptive, and foster families but sometimes they can be a bit tricky to find.  We hope to allow families who have found some great resources to share their knowledge and experience and that this page is ever evolving.


The following is a list of resources that Grace Chapel does not specifically recommend but those in the Home for Good Network have had positive experiences with.


Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) was founded in 1957 to find “a permanent place to call home” for children and teens in foster care in Massachusetts, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place.  MARE is a non-profit which recruits, educates, supports and advocates for families throughout the adoption process. MARE provides information nights and “adoption parties” which are events aimed at providing potential adoptive families and children/adolescents free for adoption to meet.  


The Foster Podcast is a great podcast which explores fostering and adopting through the Foster Care System.  You can find the podcast on Itunes.  Topics include attachment, support networks, birth parent visits, fostering older children, fostering biracial children, respite, and more.   Journey with Tim and Wendy.


Empowered to Connect is a set of resources based on Biblical principals to support parents and professionals coming alongside “children from hard places… to to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.”


Impact of Trauma on Childhood Development


  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

  • Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

  • Becoming Home,  (paperback – Frame Series): Adoption, Foster Care and Mentoring – Living Out God’s Heart for Orphans by the Barna Group.

  • Reaching Out to Children with FAS/FAE  by Diane Davis


Caring for Kids from Hard Places


  • The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn Purvis

  • Adoptive and Foster Families by Jayne Schooler


Strength for the Foster Care Journey


  • Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption by Mike Berry

  • Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel by Jason Johnson


Christian Basis for Serving At-Risk Children without Homes


  • Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Tony Merida

  • Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father by Dan Cruver


Books for Kids in Foster Care


  • Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Julie Nelson

  • A Mother for Choco (Paperstar) by Kelko Kasza

  • Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgooki


Videos for Kids from Vulnerable Places


  •  (TCU Institute of Child Development) Children from Hard Places and the Brain

  • (TCU Institute of Child Development) Healing Children Through Trust and Relationships

  • (TCU Institute of Child Development) Facilitating Behavioral Change


Books for Adopted Kids and their Families


  • Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew  by Sherrie Eldridge

  • Wise Up Powerbook  by Marilyn Schoettle


Movies around Adoption and Foster Care (Pureflix)


  • October Baby

  • Anything is Possible

  • God’s Compass

  • In the Name of God

  • Faultless: The American Orphan

  • Rescued 

  • Reunion


Articles on Adoption and Foster Care


  • Raising a Child of Color in America – While White