Training & Resources

Legacy 685

Empowered to Connect Parent Training

Empowered to Connect (ETC) Parent Training is an interactive learning experience designed specifically for adoptive and foster parents. ETC Parent training was developed by Michael and Amy Monroe and relies heavily on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at the TCU Institute of Child Development. (

Pre-Adopt/Foster Parent Training

Designed as a precursor to adoption/foster care, this course will provide parents with knowledge and tools as they begin their journey. Adoptive parents and certified Empowered to Connect trainers, Steve and Mary Klein will facilitate this six week course. See Highlighted Activities for current opportunity to join this course or email us at:

Post-Adopt/Foster Parent Training

Designed to equip parents with a holistic understanding of the needs and development of adopted and foster children and empower you with the tools and strategies to effectively meet those needs, build trust, and help your children heal and grow. This nine-week course is offered each Fall and Spring. To learn more please contact Steve Klein at:

The resources listed are some of the ones that we have found to be the most helpful and informative for adoption, parenting, relationships and many other topics for families.




Legacy685 does not endorse or recommend any of the agencies listed on our website, these are agencies that we know of that are Christ-centered agencies that will provide adoption or foster services for families. The agencies are listed in alphabetical order for ease of reference.

Adoption - Domestic
Adoption – International
Foster Care Agencies

Books for Kids

A is for Adopted, Eileen Tucker Cosby (2-5 years)

Adopted and Loved Forever, Annetta Dellinger (4 and up)

Adoption Stories for Young Children, Randall B. Hicks (4 and up)

All Kinds of Children, Norma Simon (3-7 years)

Child of Destiny: Matthew Was Adopted, Phoebe Dawson (8 years and up)

Come Along Daisy, Jane Simmons (0-7)

Daisy and the Egg, Jane Simmons (0-7)

Every Year on Your Birthday, Rose Lewis, Jane Dyer (3-6)

Families are Forever, Craig Shemin (0-7)

I Don’t Have Your Eyes, Carrie A. Kitze (4 and up)

I Love You like Crazy Cakes, Rose Lewis, Jane Dyer (3-6)

I Wished for adoption story by Marianne Richmond (2 and up)

It’s OK to Be Different, Todd Parr (3-6)

Little Miss Spider, David Kirk (4-8)

Love You Forever, Robert Munsch (any age)

My Adopted Child, There’s No One Like You, Kevin Leman – Corner Books (5 and up)

My Special Family: A Children’s Book About Open Adoption, Kathleen Silber and Debra
Marks Parelskin (any age)

Over the Moon, Karen Katz (4-8)

Rosie’s Family, Lori Rosove (4 and up)

The Day We Met You, Phoebe Koehler (2-5 years old)

The Mulberry Bird (Revised Edition) by Anne Brodzinsky (7 and up)

The Skin You Live In, Michael Tyler (4-8 years)

The Whole Me, Ellen K. Baron (4 and up)

Twice Upon A Time, Eleanora Patterson (4 and up)

Shaoey and Dot: Bug Meets Bundle, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman – Corner Books (4-7)

We Wanted You, Liz Rosenberg and Peter Catalanotto (5-9 years)

We’re Different, We’re the Same, Bobbi Jane Kates (3-7 years)

When You Were Born in Korea, Brian Boyd (9 and up)

W.I.S.E. Up Powerbooks published by The Center for Adoption Support and Education (

See generally Tapestry Books ( for adoption-related books
for all ages.

Books for Parents

A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parents, edited by Pamela Kruger and Jill Smolowe

Adoption is a Family Affair! – What Friends and Family Must Know, Patricia Irwin Johnston (Comment: Excellent adoption resource for educating and preparing and family and friends)

Anatomy of the Soul (2010), by Curt Thompson

Attaching in Adoption, Deborah D. Gray

Attachment-Focused Parenting by Daniel A. Hughes

Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child (2010)**, by Purvis, Monroe
and Monroe

Cross-Cultural Adoption: How to Answer Questions from Family, Friends and Community, Amy Coughlin & Caryn Abramowitz

Dear Birthmother, Kathleen Silber & Phylis Speedlin

Hannah’s Hope, Jennifer Saake – Seeking God’s heart in the midst of infertility.-Corner Books

I'm Chocolate, Your're Vanilla by Marguerite Wright

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories, Rita J. Simon & Rhonda M. Roorda

Inside Transracial Adoption, Gail Steinberg & Beth Hall

Nurturing Adoptions (2007), by Deborah Gray

Raising Adopted Children, Lois Ruskai Melina (Comment: Practical advice on a wide range of adoption topics)

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child, Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb (Comment: Detailed information regarding the various developmental stages of adopted children)

Secure in God’s Embrace, Ken Fong (Comment: A wonderful little book that looks at God’s love through the lens of the biblical theme of adoption)

So You Want to… What?, Sara Dormon with Ruth Graham

Successful Adoption, Natalie Nichols Gillespie – Corner Books

Talking with Young Children About Adoption, Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child by Betsy Keefer and Jayne Schooler

The Adoption Option Complete Handbook, Christine Adamec

The Complete Adoption Book, Laura Beauvais-Godwin & Raymond Godwin

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption, Christine Adamec (Comment: Great book for people just beginning to consider adoption)

The Connected Child, Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine (Comment: Written by an academic research team (Purvis and Cross, who lead the Institute of Child Development at TCU), this book is a must read for every adoptive parent)

The Essential Adoption Handbook, Colleen Alexander-Roberts

The Open Adoption Experience, Lois Ruskai Melina & Sharon Kaplan Roszia

The Out-of-Sync Child (Revised Ed., 2006), by Carol Kranowitz

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (Revised Ed., 2006), by Carol Kranowitz

The Ultimate Gift, Mike & Annie Sheaffer

The Whole-Brain Child (2011), by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Whole Life Adoption Book, Jayne E. Schooler & Thomas C. Atwood-Corner Books

Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft, Mary Hopkins-Best (Comment: Widely regarded as one of the best books available that deals specifically with toddler adoption)

Twenty things Adopted Kids wish their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie Eldridge

Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families (2009), by Jayne E. Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley, Timothy J. Callahan

Brothers and Sisters in Adoption by Arleta James

Building the Bonds of Attachment by Daniel A. Hughes

Websites — general adoption website — general adoption website — the National Council for Adoption website. Resources for all types of adoption for the professional, families, agencies, birthparents and media. — the United States Department of State website on international adoption. — adoption and foster care website specifically for dads and dads-to-be — a wide variety of articles and stories about foster care and families adopting from foster care —TCU’s Institute of Child Development, a research institute led by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross (authors of The Connected Child) that focuses on the needs of adopted and at-risk children and successful parenting techniques to help children heal and thrive — formerly known as the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, a U.S. government website that provides a variety of general information on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care — an adoption & foster resource website using Biblical principles for parenting. A leading resource for families, churches and professionals in providing deep connections with the children that God has placed in our home. — Legacy685’s adoption assistance fund partners with Lifesong for Orphans. Lifesong also provides orphan ca — an adoption & orphan care site that educates and raises awareness for caring for the fatherless as well providing grants for families wanting to adopt whether domestic or international. (Show Hope was begun by Mary Beth and Stephen Curtis Chapman) — deals exclusively with transracial and transethnic adoption issues; PACT’s adoption book guide, however, is a great resource for virtually every adoption book ever published (including children's adoption books) — information about foster care and adoption opportunities for children under the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; this site also contains information about hundreds of Texas children who are currently waiting to be adopted