Resource Bank

Disclaimer: We strive to maintain updated information, however it is continuously being updated as new resources are being reviewed and found to align with values of Forever Families of Canada. Reader’s discretion is still advised, as with any resource. We would love to hear of resources not mentioned here that have been helpful for your journey:

Practical books for those considering adoption or foster care

  • Successful Adoption: A Guide for Christian Families by Natalie Gillespie
  • The Whole Life Adoption Book by Jayne E Schooler, Thomas C. Atwood
  • Forever Mom by Mary Ostyn
  • Before You Were Mine by Susan TeBos, Carissa Woodyk
  • Rich in Love: When God Rescues Messy People by Irene Garcia
  • Kirabo: A Journey of Faith, Love & Adoption by Kveta Rose
  • Chosen with Purpose: A Story of Adoption and Identity by Mark Molzen
  • Faith & Foster Care: How We Impact God’s Kingdom by John DeGarmo
  • She is Mine by Stephanie Fast

Theological and biblical teaching on adoption

  • A Passion for the Fatherless: Developing a God-Centered Ministry to Orphans by Daniel Bennett
  • Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Tony Merida
  • Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living by Tom Davis
  • Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches by Russell Moore
  • Reclaiming Adoption by Dan Cruver
  • Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr
  • Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

DVD Based Resources


Christian Adoption and Foster Care Organizations

Websites focused on Equipping Adoptive/Foster Parents

Canadian Websites

Sensory Integration Resources



  • The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
  • The Out of Sync Child has Fun by Carol Kranowitz
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child (2009) by Lindsey Beal & Nancy Peske

Connecting/Attachment Resources

Specific focus on interactions and activities with children

  • Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children build Better Relationships Through Attachment Based Play by Phyllis Booth, Ann Jernberg
  • 101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces by Carol Kranowitz
  • I Love you Rituals by Becky Bailey

Specific focus related to attachment and/or dealing with children with trauma

  • The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis
  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah Gray
  • Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Reliance after Neglect and Trauma by Deborah Gray
  • Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Play by Deborah Gray
  • Wounded Children Healing Homes by Jayne E Schooler
  • Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal & Grow by Gregory C Keck
  • Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Gregory Keck
  • Parenting Adopted Adolescents: Understanding and Appreciating their Journeys by Gregory Keck
  • Creating Loving Attachments: Parenting with PACE to Nurture Confidence and Security in the Troubled Child by Daniel A Hughes and Kim Golding
  • God, Are you Nice or Mean: Trusting God…After the Orphanage by Debra Dululio Jones
  • Created to Connect: A Christian Guide to The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, Amy & Michael Monroe
  • The Boy Who was Raised a Dog by Bruce Perry
  • The Mystery of Risk by Ira Chasnoff
  • The Circle of Security Intervention by Bert Powell et al.

General Parenting Books

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture you Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children by Daniel Hughes
  • Brain-based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment by Daniel A Hughes
  • How to Really Love Your Child by D. Ross Campbell
  • Parenting is Your Highest Calling and 8 Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt by Leslie Fields

Books dealing with personal areas of interest

  • Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel
  • Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson
  • Boundaries by Townsend and Cloud
  • Forgiving our Parents, Forgiving Ourselves by David Stoop
  • The Art of Forgiving by Lewis Smedes
  • Shame and Grace by Lewis Smedes
  • God Attachment by Tim Clinton
  • The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden by Sandra Glahn
  • Sweet Grapes: How to Stop being Infertile and Start Living Again by Jean Carter