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Recommended Reading

When God Winks at You- How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence by Squire Rushnell. True stories demonstrating that God does communicate with us, making incredible things happen in our lives every single day. Jump to Chapter 8: God Winks on Family for a touching story called "Fostering Faith" about a foster family.

Faith and Foster Care by Dr. John DeGarmo, a well-known national spokesperson and trainer for foster parents. This book explores the challenges of fostering as well as the blessings it brings parents, the children and the birth parents of the children receiving foster care services. Endorsed by the NFPA.

Ready or Not by Pam Parish, foster and adoptive mom. The author is the founder of Connections Homes an Atlanta-based organization impacting the lives of young adults who are aging out of foster care, homeless or without family. Ready or Not is a biblically-centered devotional series that explores God's heart for foster care and adoption. Designed for foster and adoptive families but also useful for ministries and organizational trainings. 

Jason Johnson Blog Inspirational writer and speaker who encourages families and equips churches in their foster care and adoption journeys so they can find the hope and support they need along the way.

Reframing Foster Care-Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel by Jason Johnson. A collection of reflections on the foster parenting journey designed to help you do just that - find hope- and to remind you that your work is worth it and you are not alone.

Confessions of an Adoptive Parent by Mike Berry. Honest, empathetic writings that bring hope and normalize your experience as a parent of a foster or adopted child.

The Adoptive Parent Toobox by Kristin and Mike Berry. Each chapter delivers real-life perspectives from the Berry's 14-year journey as well as the advice and wisdom of hundreds of other families who have adopted both internationally and domestically.

Small Town Big Miracle by Bishop W.C. Martin. Community challenge for members of the Bennett Chapel in TX to adopt 72 of the toughest kids in the foster care system. Heart affirming, inspirational story. Let it inspire you!

The Promise Blog from Promise 686 Blog from organizations that equips churches and families to meet the needs of orphans and children in foster care. The goal of Promise 686 is to raise awareness and educate church communities and reduce barriers to adopting and fostering lonely children, with the desire that more children will be nurtured in loving families. Answering God’s call to “set the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6), they believe churches and their families are the key to unlocking the current crisis in child welfare.

Orphanology- Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Merida and Morton. Practical way to get involved in raising awareness of the crisis in orphan and foster care, developing funding, hosting orphans and starting an orphan care ministry in your local church.

Becoming Home, Paperback (Frames Series): Adoption, Foster Care, and Mentoring--Living Out God's Heart for Orphans by Jedd Medefind. For anyone who has wrestled with how to address the orphan crisis and is eager to find ways to practically show love to orphans- not because of a sense of duty or guilt, but because we've first been loved by God.

Reclaiming Adoption- Mission Living through the rediscovering of Abba Father by Piper, Smith, Phillips & Kovacs, Ed. by Cruver. This book can transform the way you view and live in this world for the glory of God and the good of our world’s most needy. Christians learn to first think about their adoption by God, and only then about the adoption of children, they will enjoy deeper communion with the God who is love, and experience greater missional engagement with the pain and suffering of this world.

Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child was created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael & Amy Monroe to help illuminate the biblical principles that serve as the foundation for the philosophy and interventions detailed in Dr. Purvis’ book, The Connected Child. This study guide is designed to help adoptive and foster parents better understand how to build strong and lasting connections with their children, and is ideal for use in small groups as well as by individuals or couples.

Everyone Can Do Something written by Jason Johnson, National Director of Church Ministry Initiatives ~ Christian Alliance for Orphans. This is a strategic field-guide specifically designed to help a church rally around caring for the orphaned and the vulnerable.

The Foster Care Prayer Guide Put out by CAFO, this booklet equips you and your church with prayer requests on behalf of kids and families in your community.

How to Help Your Child Process the Hard Parts of His Story Authors of the book, The Adoptive Parent Toolbox and the parents of 8 children, all of whom are adopted share what they've learned to do to help children process hard, deeply wounding, parts of their story.

General Disclaimer: Thank you for visiting the FOSTERING CHANGE: Alliance for NH Foster Parents website. The information on this site is for personal and educational purposes only. Our organization disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from the usage or the content of our website or any suggestions from an Alliance representative. Please be sure to double check any referenced laws, rules or regulations as they may have been revised or eliminated. The Child Protection Act RSA 169-C mandates that any person who has reason to suspect that a child is being  abused, neglected, maltreated or exploited must make a report to the proper authorities.  All citizens in the state of NH are mandated as reporters for 169-C , therefore let it be known that  any information that is shared with an Alliance representative, which must be reported within the context of the law in accordance with 169-C, will be reported. If you know a child at risk, please call 9-1-1 and/or the DCYF Central Intake Hotline immediately at: 1-800-894-5533. 

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