The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families’ free lending library is a collection of books, tapes, and DVDs, as well as instantly downloadable newsletters and tip sheets, about a wide variety of topics related to foster care and adoption.

Wisconsin families and professionals are welcome to check out physical materials from our library for free (electronic items are available to all, for free, and on demand). Materials requested will be shipped to you with a postage-paid return envelope. You can help us serve more people by sending along a check for the amount of postage if possible. You may check out four (4) items at a time and keep them for three (3) weeks.

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AJ’s Story About Not Ok Touches

This book is about talking with children about Not Ok touches. It can be read with a child by a parent, caregiver, grandparent, foster parent, school counselor. or mental health therapist. This is a sensitive subject and AJ’s Story has the right tone. The discussion is open and direct and clearly conveys important information about […]

Virtual Resource Kit: Transracial Parenting

Race and culture matter. By educating ourselves and challenging our own beliefs and biases, we can help children navigate their racial and ethnic development. These resources will help you better understand the crucial role you play in helping a child of a race other than yours feel connected to and develop a positive self-identity. Download […]

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Watch out world! The Great Gilly Hopkins is looking for a home. She’s a foster kid who’s been angry, lonely, and hurting for so long that’s she’s always ready for a fight. Be on the lookout for her best barracuda smile, the one she saves for well-meaning social workers. Watch out for her most fearful […]

The Harris Narratives – An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee

This book consists of five autobiographical narratives by Susan Harris O’Connor, a social worker and transracial adoptee. These monologues were developed and performed around the United States in academic, clinical and child welfare settings to wide acclaim over the last sixteen years. They will be of immediate interest to scholars of race, identity, emotional intelligence, […]

The Joy Of Being Adopted

A parcel of public property was to be developed for a walking path. Trees of many species and sizes were going to be destroyed. The Joy of Being Adopted follows the life of a small birch tree as it is rescued by a family and then lives its remaining life in a small community. There are two […]