Do Your Homework!

Adopting a teen from the child welfare system is a huge (and rewarding!) journey. As you think and talk about this next stage of family life, you may want to explore resources that will answer questions and help you prepare.

Books:                                                                                                                                       

  • To the End of June, Beam (2013)
  • Reclaiming Youth at Risk, Brendtro, et al (1990)
  • Love Me, Feed Me, Rowell (2012)
  • Connecting with Kids through Stories, Lacher, et al (2005)
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, MacIntosh
  • Why do they act that way?, Walsh (2004)
  • Born for Love, Szalavitz & Perry  (2010)
  • On Their Own, Shirk & Strangler  (2004)
  • Parenting Adopted Adolescent, Keck
  • Three Little Words, Rhodes-Courter (2008)
  • Orphans of the Living, Toth (1997)
  • Ellen Foster, Gibbons (1987)
  • Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control, Forbes & Post (2009)

Information regarding Adoption in Minnesota:

Websites:

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Why choose Ampersand Families?

I am the oldest of six kids born into a loving and supportive family. We were our parents top priority and our parents poured themselves into nurturing us and being present for us. I am involved with ampersand because it is unconscionable that there are kids in the world that don’t get what I had.

Steve, Board Member

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