By definition, a foster child who comes into your home will have suffered the loss of their biological family. Many of the children LHAA work with come from a background of abuse and neglect. As foster and adoptive parents, you will want to become the “resident experts” of the child’s needs in your home. Below are some resources to help get you started.
The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross and Wendy Sunshine I SBN #0071475001 Information and practical interventions for parents of adopted children who have experienced severe trauma and abuse.
Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children by Daniel Hughes ISBN #0393705552 Attachment focused interventions and information regarding healthy brain development and neurochemistry for parents of children who have experienced trauma.
The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understand and Nurturing Your Baby by Martha Sears and William Sears ISBN #0316778095 Information regarding attachment parenting.
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) by William Sears ISBN #0316778001 Information regarding attachment parenting.
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook–What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us about Loss, Love, and Healing by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz ISBN #0465056539 Information regarding the long-term effects of trauma and abuse.
The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are by Daniel Siegel ISBN #1572307404 Provides information regarding how interpersonal relationships affect the developing brain.
Fun to Grow On: Engaging Play Activities for Kids with Teachers, Parents, and Grandparents by Virginia K. Morin and David Sokoloff ISBN #1890374016 Activities for children that provide life lessons and encourage connecting and engaging.
The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One-to–Four-Year-Old: Revised Edition by Dr. Harvey Karp ISBN #0553384422 Provides practical interventions for parents of toddlers that promote attachment.
I Love You Rituals by Rebecca Ann Bailey ISBN #0-688-16117-0 Activities for parents and children that facilitate attachment.
Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma by Deborah D. Gray ISBN #0944934331 Information regarding attachment, the effects of early trauma, affect regulation, and healthy mental development.
The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz ISBN #0399531653 Information and practical interventions for parents, teachers, and mental health care professionals who provide services for children with Sensory Processing Disorder.
Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel ISBN # 1585422959 Provides parents with a base to explore their personal history and the effects of that history in regards to their parenting and attachment style.
The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well by William Sears, Martha Sears, and Elizabeth Pantley. ISBN #0316777498 Practical information regarding raising secure, compassionate, and emotionally healthy children.
Touchpoints: Birth to Three by T.Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow ISBN #0738210498 Information regarding critical periods for attachment development in children from birth to 3 years of age.
Touchpoints: 3 to 6 by T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow Information regarding critical periods for attachment development in children from 3 to 6 years old.