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?

I volunteer at Ampersand Families because the brevity of youth demands that we take action on behalf of children in our foster care system.  It’s a tragedy every time we remove a child from their family.  The responsibility of society is to find a new family for that child.

Al, former board chair

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