Grief, Transitions & Adoption Resources 



Trauma, Grief & Bereavement


Talking to children when someone has a life-limiting serious illness

Talking to a Child When a Parent Has Overdosed on Drugs and Has Died

Five tips for Explaining Overdose Deaths to Our Children

Advice for a Traumatic Death Such as Suicide or Overdose

Explaining an Overdose Death to Children

Preparing Children for the Death of a Loved One

Helping Children Cope at a Wake, Funeral or Memorial Service

Learning More About Cremation

Open casket worksheet for kids

When You Don't Have a Chance to Say Goodbye

Memory Page and Activity Ideas

Understanding Children's Grief Reactions

How to talk with and support grieving preschoolers after a death

Grief in the Classroom

Going Back to School After a Death- 9 Tips

Grief books, articles and Grief Digest magazine

The Dougy Center- National Center for Grieving Children & Families

Mister Rogers Parent Resources- Dealing with Death

The Moyer Foundation Grief Resources

Recommended Books

Traumatic Experiences by Sesame Street

Helping Children Grieve by Sesame Street

The Grieving Child & The Grieving Teen by Helen Fitzgerald 

Memories Live Forever workbook by Sharon Rugg

When Somebody Very Special Dies workbook by Marge Heegard

How I Feel coloring book for very young children by Alan Wolfelt

Lifetimes by Mellone & Ingpen

Helping Traumatized Children- A Brief Overview for Caregivers

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Resources for Teachers: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

How Teens React to Trauma and How to Help (12 years old to 18 years old)

Approaches to Discipline that Foster the Development of Self-Regulation and Reduce Challenging Behaviors

Help your kids use both the logical left brain and the emotional right brain as a team

Mindfulness Bibliography



Local Counseling

Support and Counseling for Kids in NH

Bereavement Services for Children in NH

The Sonatina Creative Arts Center in Dover

Resources for Bereaved Families in NH

Play Therapy in Londonderry & Laconia

Helping Children with Transitions


Helping Children in Foster Care Successfully Transition into Daycare/ Child Care

Smooth Transitions for Young Children in Care

Multiple Placements in Foster Care: Literature- Review of Correlates and Predictors

The Effects of Foster Care Placement on Young Children’s Mental Health

The importance of attachment in the lives of foster children

Helping Your Child in Foster Care Handle Transitions

Contact between children in permanent foster care and their parents and family

Every Time Foster Kids Move, They Lose Months of Academic Progress

Preparing young children for change

How children manage their fears

Top 5 Practical Coping Skills to Help Children Weather Change

Life Book: Creative Expression

Resources for Life Books

Transitional Objects: Children and Adults

Preparing Children for Transitions

Reunification-Transition Planning Must Be Part of Any Reunification

Social Stories for Kids in Foster Care

The Invisible String

Offering Comfort by Sesame Street

Young Adult Resource Guide

Scripted Stories for Social Situations- Tip Sheet

NH Voices (Resources)

Transition Planning for NH's Highly Mobile Youth


Understanding Adoption


Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child

Contact between children in permanent foster care and their parents and family

Zachary's New Home

Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma

Books for adults about adoption

Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights (Kids Are Important Series)

Talking with your child about adoption

What Teachers Should Know About Adoption

What Pediatric Health Providers Should Know About Adoption

Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

Adoptive Families Magazine
American Adoption Congress recommended reading list
The Center for Adoption Support and Education
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Resources for Life Books
Sensory Specific Information Websites: | | |
Tapestry Books- An Adoption Bookstore
Trust Based Relational Intervention Resources – Dr. Karyn Purvis

Maintaining Connections

Open Adoptions and Contact with Birth Families


Books for Children 


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