Support for Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families

You are not alone. We get you because we are you! Our team of foster and adoptive parents are ready to support you. Join the alliance by getting involved with these opportunities and resources.

Find A Support Group

Need foster care approved babysitters?

Attend an Alliance Retreat

FIND YOUR COMMUNITY

Foster, adoptive or kinship parent . . .

No family should walk this journey alone.

The Alliance team understands you because we are you. We are foster and adoptive families. We help build the support you need as you help kids heal 24/7.

The ideal place to build a support team is your church. There are 120+ Alliance churches and your church 

Alliance monthly support groups are a place to be encouraged and equipped alongside fellow foster, adoptive and kinship families.
We can help! We offer lots of opportunities to find community. Get connected today!

ALLIANCE FOSTER, ADOPTIVE, AND KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUPS

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The group leader email is provided. Please contact the leader for information and to join the group.

PLAY YOUR PIECE
Help Your Friends and Family Play Their Piece

Do you struggle to find trusted foster care approved babysitters? You do the heavy lifting of serving children in the foster care system 24/7, finding help for a night or weekend off should be easy. 

The Babysitting Collaborative allows your friends and family to easily work through all the steps needed to support you. The virtual platform is self paced and meets the requirements for 12 local child placing agencies. We have helped over 600 people become verified babysitters through this process. 

We know, it is so hard to ask for help but people who love you want to help. They only need to be invited into this mission with you. 

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Centered Dads Retreat

Simply put, this 3rd annual retreat will be a place of restoration, rejuvenation, equipping, and a safe place to be transparent with other dads about the joys and challenges of being a father. There will also be times to be encouraged in your faith journey as we will CenTer on our identity in Christ.

The agenda will be low key allowing dads to retreat in solitude or engage to the level you are comfortable. Join us for an unforgettable retreat weekend starting Thursday evening with optional activities and food for early arrivals, followed by a Friday evening kick-off gathering, Saturday morning breakout sessions, a Saturday evening gathering, and Sunday morning send-off.

RENEW MARRIAGE RETREAT

Join us for the 1st Annual Renew: Marriage Retreat, a ministry effort of Pillar Church SA, designed exclusively for foster, adoptive, and kinship families in the beautiful Hill Country at H. E. Butt Foundation Camp. Reconnect with your spouse, relax, and create lasting memories together. Don’t miss this opportunity to be refreshed with other parents who get it! Save your spot today!

$ 99 per couple

Enjoy moments for relaxation, exploration, and connections, all while finding rest in between impactful messages and discussions tailored to empower parents raising children who have endured trauma. Recharge your marriage, fortify your faith, and rekindle your hope.


FAMILY RESOURCES

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INBRIEF: THE SCIENCE OF NEGLECT

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WHAT NEUROSCIENCE AND SOCIAL SCIENCE TELL US ABOUT THE EFFECT OF CARE ENVIRONMENTS ON CHILDREN

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EMPOWERED TO CONNECT VIDEOS

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REMOVED (TWO-PART SERIES)

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Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

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Remembering Trauma

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Children over a Lifetime

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THE FOSTER MOVEMENT PODCAST

The Foster Movement Podcast, featuring former foster youth and national leaders in foster care advocacy, provides powerful insights and practical tools to help you work with others to provide More Than Enough for kids and families in foster care where you live.

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TAPESTRY PODCAST

Tapestry’s Empowered to Connect podcast is for parents, professionals, and ministry leaders. Join us as we discuss how to connect with, empower, and correct our kids.

 

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THINK ORPHAN PODCAST

The Think Orphan podcast is hosted by Kelly Stewart, Social Worker and adoptive mom, and Philip Darke, President of Providence World and co-author of In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence. Each week, they discuss the difficult issues and hot topics involved in the global orphan crisis with leading voices from around the world, such as Jedd Medefind, Rick Morton, and Peter Greer. From poverty alleviation and family strengthening, to best practices in caring for orphaned and abandoned children, to human trafficking and mentoring, Phil and Kelly will work with you to navigate the issues that affect millions of children and families all over the world.

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TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE

THE CONNECTED CHILD: BRINGING HOPE AND HEALING TO YOUR ADOPTED FAMILY

By:  Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family and addressing their special needs requires care, consideration, and compassion.

Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you to build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child, effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders, and discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened.

This book is truly outstanding because of its numerous examples of scripts and phrases that parents can use. This book is strongly recommended.

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BORN FOR LOVE: WHY EMPATHY IS ESSENTIAL AND ENDANGERED

By: Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

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PARENTING FROM THE INSIDE OUT

By: Dan Seigel, MD

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ANATOMY OF THE SOUL

By:  Curt Thompson

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THE WHOLE BRAIN CHILD

By:  Tina Payne Bryson, PhD and Daniel Seigel, MD

Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No – it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!

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NO DRAMA DISCIPLINE

By:  Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

The pioneering experts behind the bestselling The Whole-Brain Child – Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel J. Siegel, the New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm – now explore the ultimate child-raising challenge: discipline. Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears – without causing a scene.

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READY OR NOT: 30 DAYS OF DISCOVERY FOR FOSTER & ADOPTIVE PARENTS

Entering the journey of foster care and adoption can be one of the most daunting decisions that you make as a parent. Parenting a child who has experienced trauma and loss is a rewarding experience, but it’s not easy.

In this biblically-centered and straight-forward book, Pam Parish helps parents to:
  • Consider the impact of foster care and adoption on their lives and families.
  • Evaluate their motives and expectations for the foster care and adoption experience.
  • Explore foster care and adoption through the lens of scripture.

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS

A DAY OR FOREVER, I’LL LOVE YOU THE SAME

By:  Michelle Thompson

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NO MATTER WHAT: A FOSTER CARE TALE

By: Josh Shipp

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BEING ADOPTED

By: Amy Wilkerson, LCSW

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FAMILIES CHANGE: A BOOK FOR CHILDREN EXPERIENCING A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

By: Julie Nelson

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THE INVISIBLE STRING

By: Patrice Karst 

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REDO ROO

By: Cindy Lee

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ADOPTION IS BOTH

By: Elena S. Hall

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