We understand that getting started as a foster parent can be overwhelming. Not only are you navigating everything that comes with caring for a child, but you are also learning new systems and caring for the unique needs of each child (many of whom have experienced trauma). Below, we have compiled a list of resources, including reading materials, trauma-informed care and child development resources, sensory calming techniques and basic child care resources.
This is a live list that is updated periodically to provide you with resources for support after the initial days of your placement. If you know of any additional resources that you would like to see added, please let us know.
Caring for Babies Going Through Withdrawal
The Effect of Trauma on a Child’s Brain
Tips on Providing Basic Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®)
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Challenges
What Is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?
Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support
How to Make a Sensory Bin
Sensory Smart Activities Packet
How to Make a Sensory Bottle
Life Book Templates (English)
Life Book Templates (Spanish)
How Well Do You Know Your Child?
Infant and Toddle Nutrition
Children and Adolescents Nutrition
Christmas Beyond the Toys
Nutrition Through the Years
Providers and Resources: Food Insecurities and Breastfeeding
Milestones Matter: Child Development Through the Years
Partners in Permanency Overview
Caregiver Support Overview
Developmentally Appropriate Expectations Overview
Superior STAR Health Over The Counter Program