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.



Reading Lists

Parent Reading List

Children's Reading List

Trauma-Informed Care Resources

Caring for Babies Going Through Withdrawal

The Effect of Trauma on a Child’s Brain

Tips on Providing Basic Trauma-Informed Care

Playing for Connection

Sensory Processing Resources

Short Sensory Profile

Improve Sensory Input

Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Challenges

Symptoms of SPD

What Is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

How to Make a Sensory Bin

Fun Sensory Activities

Sensory Smart Activities Packet

How to Make a Sensory Bottle

Life Book Templates

Life Book Templates (English)

Life Book Templates (Spanish)


Developmental Milestones

The Reward Board

How Well Do You Know Your Child?

Playful Hints

Developmentally Appropriate Expectations Overview

Lice Treatment