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:

Photo CC Glen Noble

Why choose Ampersand Families?

The challenges faced by these teens are numerous. Unlike our own children, they leave foster care with no home, no financial support and no loving parachute called a family. Their odds will improve only when we commit to restoring them into permanent, loving families.

Linda, Former Board Member

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