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Adopt US Kids

AdoptUSKids educates families about foster care and adoption and gives child welfare professionals information and support to help them improve their services. We also maintain the nation’s only federally funded photolisting service that connects waiting children with families.



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Adopted For Life

By Russell D. Moore gives hope and confidence that when you adopt God is on your side. God pursues us the same way we pursue our children. Russell Moore encourages Christians to adopt children and to help other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who have struggled to have children. Rather, it’s about an entire culture within evangelicalism―a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.

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Agape Ranch

Agape Ranch a non-profit organization that brings together child placing agencies, CPS (Child protective services) and churches to promote adoptive and foster families within Corpus Christi.










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Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control

Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors book with techniques on helping kids who have been traumatized including addressing behaviors typically seen with attachment-challenged children. These include lying, stealing, hoarding and gorging, aggression, defiance, lack of eye contact, and yes, even a chapter that talks candidly about how parents appear hostile and angry when they work to simply maintain their families from reaching complete states of chaos.

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The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

By Bessel van der Kolk, MD
A fascinating and empowering book about trauma and its effects. He uses modern neuroscience to demonstrate that trauma physically affects the brain and the body, causing anxiety, rage, and the inability to concentrate. Victims have problems remembering, trusting, and forming relationships. They have lost control. Although news reports and discussions tend to focus on war veterans, abused children, domestic violence victims, and victims of violent crime suffer as well. Using a combination of traditional therapy techniques and alternative treatments such as EMDR, yoga, neurofeedback, and theater, patients can regain control of their bodies and rewire their brains so that they can rebuild their lives.

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Chemistry of Connection

The Chemisty of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy, and Love: a great book on how to bond with adoptive children. The natural "love drug," a powerful brain chemical called oxytocin, floods your body with feelings of contentment and trust is produced by the hypothalamus. It is responsible for human bonding in both platonic and intimate relationships, and is the key to many of the psychological differences between men and women.








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Foster Angels

Foster Angels of Central Texas helps meet the many unfulfilled needs of children in foster care. We believe all kids deserve to feel “normal”, so we make sure they receive the basic essentials and, whenever possible, provide life-enhancing opportunities. Through our partnership with Child Protective Services and other non-profit agencies, Foster Angels identifies the gaps and quickly responds to children’s circumstances so they, too, can have supportive, loving childhood experiences, with long-felt positive impact.

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Instant Mom

In Instant Mom, Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, tells her hilarious and poignant road-to-parenting story that eventually leads to her daughter and prompts her to become a major advocate for adoption. Instant Mom is a funny, encouraging book about a foster-to-adopt journey that really helped encourage us in our journey.




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Michelle Madrid Branch

Michelle Madrid Branch is an author, speaker, international adoptee, and global advocate for women and children, specializing in areas of adoption, foster care, abandonment recovery, and identity reconciliation. Her mission is to ensure the adoption community is heard, seen, valued, respected and understood.







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On Combat

On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A fresh and highly informative look at post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) details how to prevent it, how to survive it should it happen, how to come out of it stronger, and how to help others who are experiencing it.

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TARE

The Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) website helps match children awaiting adoption with adoptive parents. It includes photos and profile information on children available for adoption and allows families to provide information about their adoption preferences and interests in adopting a child.




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When Love is Not Enough

When Love is Not Enough book about techniques for helping kids with RAD diagnosis. When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder brings hope and healing tools to parents and professionals working to help challenging children. Effective interventions, a full step by step plan, clearer insight and understanding make a powerful difference in helping children heal.

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Youth Odyessey

Youth Odyssey is on a mission to provide at-risk youth ages 10-17 with positive development through life skills curricula and adventure challenge programming. The six life skills we focus on are: communication, teamwork, problem-solving, goal-setting, leadership, and trust. We teach and apply these skills through adventure activities that include teambuilding sessions, ropes challenge courses, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, bouldering, hiking, backpacking, camping, and more.

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