Private: Resource Recommendations for Adoptive and Foster Care Ministries

By: - November 18, 2013

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Tapestry Online SaleTapestry is celebrating National Adoption Month by offering 25% off all purchases in our online store through the month of November. Simply use the code NOV25OFF to receive 25% off your order. And we want to recommend some resources for adoptive and foster care ministries. These can be valuable tools for helping and educating your families.



  1.  The Connected Child, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Book – This book teaches parents about learning to look at their child with compassion, looking for ways to connect, and considering how their actions and past effect their parenting. We recommend using the book along with the study guide listed below.
  2. Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child, Study Guide – Each summer Tapestry hosts a women’s small group that goes through this study guide along with the book, The Connected Child. And each summer Tapestry has great turn out of adoptive and foster moms that are eager to learn from these books and learn from each other. This is a great resource for small groups.
  3. The Whole Brain Child, co-authored by Dan Seigel, Book – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., offer twelve revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. It is an excellent resource to help parents understand how a child’s brain develops and functions, and how they can help their child learn how to handle and respond to different experiences and challenges. We have a link to a collection of parent discussion guides and blog posts for each chapter of the book:
  4. Anatomy of the Soul, by Curt Thompson, M.D., Book – This book teaches you how to recognize what is going on with yourself and how to foster growth within yourself. You can in turn apply what you learn about yourself to your children. An adoptive mom wrote some blog posts about what she learned while reading this book: onetwothree.
  5. What Every Adoptive Parent Should Know, DVD – This DVD consists of eight short video sessions covering some of the basics that every adoptive and foster parent needs to know.
  6. Insights and Gifts Video Series – This series consists of short (2 to 5 minute) video sessions divided into 7 insights and 7 gifts plus an online discussion guide. Designed primarily for discussion group purposes.
  7. Attachment Workshop: Parenting with Your Brain in Mind, DVD – In this video, Curt Thompson, M.D. offers helpful insights about, and the practical implications and applications of, the following:
    1. fundamental elements of the mind and its function
    2. the process of attachment and its essential role in parenting
    3. the importance of “making sense of your story”
    4. practical exercises related to the development of emotional and spiritual maturity in your child
  8. Listen to Our Hearts, DVD – This video is adoptee led and offers the unique opportunity to “listen in” to the experiences, stories, and perspectives of adopted persons from diverse backgrounds. 
  9. Attachment: The Heart of Connection (Attachment Workshop), DVD – This workshop was led by both Dr. Karyn Purvis, Director of the Institute of Child Development and TCU, and Deborah Gray, Child and Family Therapist. It is a must for your library.
  10. My Story. Your Story. Our Story., DVD – This DVD was recorded live at an event designed to help adoptive and foster parents see themselves and their children through the lens of story. Speakers Scott McClellan, Carissa Woodwyk, and Greg & Tracey Fields share their stories and explore the ways in which story helps experience hope and healing in our families.



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