Fostering Health Program Resources

Guides About Trauma

Responding to the experiences of children adopted or in foster care has downloadable guides for parents, teachers, babysitters and child welfare professionals to help understand how trauma can impact behaviors and development as well as strategies to respond.

Childhood Abuse Prevention

Prevent Child Abuse America is the nation’s oldest and largest organization committed to  preventing child abuse and neglect before it happens.  Programs and resources informed by science that enable kids, families, and entire communities to thrive—today, tomorrow, and for generations to come are the hallmark of this organization.

Children's Books: Emotional Trauma

Children's Books: Feeling/Emotions

Authors Jennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn and Alissa Imre Gesis help kids confront the “maybes” hanging over their lives when they ask questions of their foster family. They also help kids to understand the responsibilities of all adults involved, and encourage them to focus on being a kid during the uncertain period.

This book helps children understand that they may have many feelings and all these feelings are OK. It talks to children about “feelings” being their friends and why it’s important to listen to their feelings. Ages 3+

Foster Care

The Children’s Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, runs a website dedicated to National Foster Care Month each May. Find resources and information to help ensure the bright future of youth in foster care.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ parenting website offers resources and information about adoption and foster care, including information about becoming a foster parent, discipline, sexual abuse and safety.


Listen to pediatric residents Drs. Zoe Bouchelle, Shari Gitlin, and Josh Sperling discuss the unique healthcare needs of children in foster care with Dr. Kristine Fortin, attending physician with Safe Place and the Center for Child Protection and Health at CHOP.


CHOP's International Adoption Health Program provides pre- and post-adoptive counseling and health evaluation services to families adopting a newborn or older child from all pathways — international, domestic and U.S. foster care.

PACTS is a network of child serving systems and organizations, under the leadership of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility (DBHIDS), that provides the most effective practices for traumatized youth and their families. 

Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection is the region's most comprehensive program to address the critical issues of child abuse, neglect and placement in substitute care, with the goal of providing the best care to children and families dealing with child abuse or neglect.