Resource Recommendations for Adoptive and Foster Families

By: - November 11, 2013

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Tapestry National Adoption Month and Online Sale

Tapestry 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 that our leadership and local families have found valuable and some that they are looking forward to using when they release in 2014.


  1. What Every Adoptive Parent Should Know, DVD – This collection of videos covers topics like fear, connecting, giving your child voice and more. Each of these topics have been crucial to learning the best way to parent our child.
  2. 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:
    • fundamental elements of the mind and its function
    • the process of attachment and its essential role in parenting
    • the importance of “making sense of your story”
    • practical exercises related to the development of emotional and spiritual maturity in your child
  3. 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. Our children need us to learn how to listen.
  4. What Story Do You Believe?, DVD – This was the General Session presentation by Curt Thompson, M.D. at the 2012 Tapestry Conference. Curt invites us to understand our own stories, our past and the story God wants us to live; he candidly shares about his own experiences and journey of healing.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Connected Child, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Book – This was the first parenting type book I read during our adoption process. It gave me the opportunity to look at my child with compassion, to look for ways to connect, and to consider how my actions and past effect my parenting. A must read for every adoptive parent.
  8. Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child, Study Guide – Through Tapestry, I have participated in a summer women’s group where we go through this study guide along with the book, The Connected Child. Each time I go through the group I am reminded of better ways to connect with my child and I am encouraged by learning along with other women with similar experiences. This is a great resource for small groups.
  9. 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:
  10. 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. I wrote these posts on what I learned while reading this book: one, two, three.

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