“Thank you so much! We cannot thank Lifesong enough for helping us get our kids home and now for helping put tools in our hands to parent them and lead them to wholeness.”
Michael & Karla
Adoptive Parents & Empowered to Connect Conference Scholarship Family
Preparing for Your Adoption
As you begin the journey to adoption or foster care, consider preparing your heart as you wait.
Ask your agency for resources available to prepare your family. We also recommend these resources from Christian ministries:
- Loving Shepherd’s Adoption Assessment Forms
- Hope for Orphans’ If You Were Mine, 7-part adoption exploration workshop used by hundreds of churches and thousands of families investigating adoption from a biblical and practical perspective.
Fellowship and encouragement on the adoption journey are very important. If possible, try finding an older adoptive couple or parents who are ahead of you in their parenting to mentor and encourage your family. Additionally, consider starting a group for couples/moms/dads/prayer & fellowship, etc., so you can build relationships with other like-minded families. Finally, consider reading and/or leading a Created to Connect study along with reading The Connected Child book.
This is not an exhaustive list of books, but here are a few we recommend–
- Adopted for Life – Russell Moore
- Anatomy of the Soul — Curt Thompson
- Attaching in Adoption — Deborah Gray
- Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control – Heather T. Forbes
- The Body Keeps the Score –
- The Connected Child – Karyn Purvis
- Nurturing Adoptions — Deborah Gray
- Orphanology – Tony Merida & Rick Morton
- Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths — Leslie Leyland Fields
- Parenting the Hurt Child – Keck & Kupecky
- Parenting your Internationally Adopted Child – Patty Cogen
- The Out-of-Sync Child — Carol Kranowitz
- The Whole-Brain Child — Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
- Thriving as an Adoptive Family – David & Renee Sanford
- Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft – Mary Hopkins-Best
- Wounded Children Healing Homes — Jayne Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley, Timothy Callahan
DVD & Video Training
Tax Credit Info
- Becky Wilmoth at Bill’s Tax Service, 501 W. Broadway, Centralia, IL 62801, phone: 618.532.7223 will be glad to answer your questions regarding the Adoption Tax Credit.
- Research information on the Federal Adoption Tax Credit & State Tax Credits. Click here for a free, downloadable tax credit resource from Adoption Learning Partners that will help adoptive families determine their eligibility for the adoption tax credit.
- Learn about other courses available through Adoption Learning Partners.