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Legacy 685

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


Legacy 685 equips families with relevant, Biblical, trauma-informed resources. Classes are held weekly and are taught by adoptive and foster parent trainers.

Trust-Based Relational Interventions

TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

The TBRI Caregiver Training is offered once a year, typically in a Milestone setting, once a week over the course of 12 weeks.

Empowered To Connect

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. (

ETC Pre-Adopt/Foster Parent Training - Prepare Course

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.

ETC Post-Adopt/Foster Parent Training - Connect Course

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.

Empowered to Connect Interest Form

Trauma Competent Caregiver

Available in Spanish & in English

Orphans and vulnerable children have experienced traumatic events in their lives, such as abandonment, loss, abuse and neglect. These forms of trauma have the potential to impact every developmental area of a growing child. It can change a child at the core of who they are, impacting how they communicate, attach and behave. Due to past trauma, orphans and vulnerable children have unique needs requiring intentional caregiving strategies.

Moving from being consciously compassionate to competently compassionate is the heartbeat of the Trauma Competent Caregiver training curriculum. This training series is evidenced-based and rooted in a biblical foundation. It is designed to equip those involved in caring for orphaned and vulnerable children with the knowledge and skills God uses to help wounded children heal and grow into what they were created to be. If you are interested in receiving this 9-module series please email us at:

Life In Limbo

Life in Limbo is a 90 minute experience guiding participants through the complexities of Child Protective System both locally and abroad. Life in Limbo provides context that will allow participants to more empathetically and effectively love those around them. No registration is required and childcare is provided through regular Wed night programming.

Life In Limbo Interest Form

Additional Resources

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