Resources

Addiction

Books:

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Adoption

Books:

Open Adoption, Open Heart: An Adoptive Father’s Inspiring Journey by Russell Elkins

Aging Out of Foster Care

Organizations:

Project Meet Me Halfway http://www.projectmmh.org/ a national campaign started by country singer Jimmy Wayne  to raise awareness about youth aging out of the foster care system and not having the tools and support they need to be successful in life.

Covenant House http://www.covenanthouse.org/  serves homeless youth by providing safe shelter and compassionate care.

Books:

On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System by Martha Shirk

Child Abuse and Neglect

Books:

A Child Called It: One Child’s Courage To Survive by Dave Pelzer

Abused: A Daughter’s Story by L.L. Bartlett

A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer

From Foster to Fabulous by Helen Ramaglia

The Pain in the Promise: Child Neglected, God Protected, Beauty Reflected by Nikki J

Child Welfare

Partners for Our Children http://www.partnersforourchildren.org/ “Partners for Our Children” works to improve child welfare practice and policy.

Rise Magazine http://www.risemagazine.org/  Rise combats pervasive negative stereotypes of child welfare-affected families. Rise publishes a print and online magazine. Rise works with child welfare agencies to use Rise stories in support groups, parent education classes and staff training.

Foster Care

Duffels For Hope http://www.duffelsforhope.org/ seeks to provide proper transitional containers for the belongings of kids entering the foster care system.

The Village Youth & Family Center http://www.thevillageyouth.org/ The Village Youth & Family Center of Rockville, Maryland developed specialized programming to help middle school aged youth in foster care.

Represent: The Voice of Youth In Care http://representmag.org/ The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering insight into those teens’ struggles.

Books:

Another Place At The Table by Kathy Harrison

The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care by Cynthia Miller Lovell

To The End Of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search For the Love of a Family by Dave Pelzer

Orphans of the Living: Stories of America’s Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Toth

I’m Not Broken Just a Little Twisted: Scenes through the Mind of a Foster Child by LaTasha Watts

Invisible Kids Marcus Fiesel’s Legacy by Holly Schlaack

Human Trafficking

Book:

Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave by Sibel Hodge

Lifebook Resources

Five Pea’s in a Pod http://www.fivepeasinapod.co.uk/  home of The Adoption Memory Book – a handmade baby book for adopted children of all ages.

Children’s Books

Mommy and Me Doggie Wash by Tenisha Edwards

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