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Knowledge Builders &

Soul Fillers

There was a time when I felt alone in our adoptive experience. At one point I literally thought I was going crazy. It wasn't until I started doing research on things such as the neurological effects of trauma on both the traumatized child and their caretakers that I realized what my family and I were experiencing was very real and very valid.

Throughout this journey, the more information I glean and the more relevant social and community connections I make, the less alone I feel and the more empowered to press on I become.

I've begun connecting with other adoptive parents who are brave enough to share their struggles, and I am so grateful for the knowledge and experience they have passed on to me. I am not alone, and if you are an adoptive or foster parent, you are not alone either! I am happy to pay the knowledge and experience forward and share what's been helpful to me. 


Some of the resources I share are directly related to foster care and adoption and some are what I call "soul fillers"--things that keep me from running dry. Because you cannot pour from an empty cup....

I would love to add to this list and am always looking to learn and grow, so if you have any suggestions please send them my way!



  • Bethany Christian Services   


  • The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting: Strategies & Solutions by Sarah Naish

  • Dancing with a Porcupine: Parenting Wounded Children Without Losing Your Self  by Jennie Owens

  • Reclaiming Hope: Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster and Adopted Children by Marcy Pusey

  • The Body Keeps Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality  by Peter Scazzero

  • Taking Jesus Seriously: Buddhist Meditation for Christians by John Cowan

  • Live in Grace, Walk in Love  by Bob Goff

Children's Books

  • Teddy Tappy & the Tangly Memory Monster by Sarah Naish

  • William Wobbly & the Very Bad Day by Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries

  • Charley Chatty & the Disappearing Pennies by Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries

  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

  • Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, & Being Yourself  by Matthew Gray Gubler

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