Be sure to check out all of Lisa Qualls’ posts on Attachment and Trauma here

Are We Trying To Fit Square Pegs Into Round Holes?
P.L.A.C.E. – Five Key Attitudes in Attachment
Confessions of a Mom with Attachment Disorder – struggling to bond with your adopted child


Realistic Expectations


Natural Hair Rules  Hair care, styling and hair product recommendations.

Hair With Purpose  Cornrows, twists, braids and more styles for African hair, as well as product reviews for natural hair.   

Kurly T-spot   A beginner shares her tips for African toddler hair styling and care.  

Chocolate Hair/Vanilla Care  Natural hair care, transracial adoption and everything in between.

Hair Care Videos. Helpful videos on caring for and styling African hair.  (Scroll to bottom of page to section titled ‘Keeping It Real’ and click on hair care videos.)     




Adoptive Families–  Focus on the Family’s website for adoptive parents

Attachment & Trauma Network – List of therapists who work with children with trauma or attachment issues.

Ethio-American Family Services –  Educational resources, a course you can take to learn about Ethiopian culture, financial assistance options, Ethiopian cuisine, “What does my child’s name mean?” and much more.

Journey to Me – This website has many post-adoption resources and articles.  These include an audio library, articles on a wide range of adoption issues, and a list of recommended books.   You do have to register to access them but there is no charge to do so. 

The Africa Guide – Ethiopia – Information about the people and culture of Ethiopa.  



US State Department – Ethiopia Consular Information Sheet

Travel Document Systems Visa Requirements for traveling to Ethiopia – largest Ethiopian News and Information Service online.

All Africa – Another news site with interesting links for books on Ethiopia.

World Time Server  The current time and weather conditions in Ethiopia.



Christian Alliance for Orphans Resource Library  Search for a wide range of quality resources to help you grow effective, Christ-honoring adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.

I Care About Orphans  Focus on the Family’s website for adoption resources, post-adoption support and orphan ministry.     







The Connected Child
by Dr. Karyn Purvis, David Cross & Wendy Sunshine (Study guide available for download at: Empowered to Connect )

The Connection – Where Hearts Meet
by Dr. Karyn Purvis
Interactive bible study designed to help you build a loving, lasting connection with your child.

When Love is Not Enough – A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD – Reactive Attachment Disorder
by Nancy L. Thomas 

Learning the Dance of Attachment
by Holly VanGulden (To order, call 715-386-5550, e-mail

How We Love Our Kids – The 5 Love Styles of Parenting
by Milan & Kay Yerkovich
Shows parents how to overcome the predictable challenges that arise out of the five love styles and helps parents cultivate a secure, deep connection with a child of any age. Retool your reactions and refocus on how you love.


Fields of the Fatherless by C. Thomas Davis   


Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall   



The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis 

Parenting The Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting The Adopted Child by Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss by Claudia Jewett Jarratt

Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience After Neglect and Trauma by Deborah D. Gray



Children Affected by HIV/AIDS: Compassionate Care by Phyllis Kilbourn 

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Need Kids by Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky

Hope & Healing for Sensory Deprivation – This booklet gives some practical ways families can identify the signs of sensory processing disorder as well as ways to help their child heal.    



Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall  



Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins Best  



Parenting Adopted Adolescents by Gregory Keck

Parenting Your Adopted Older Child by Brenda McCreight, PhD  



Simple Amharic for Adoptive Families  by Amy Kendall



Trust-Based Parenting (dvd) by TCU Institute of Child Development

Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child by Patty Cogen

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

After the Dream Comes True   by Michelle Gardner

The Post-Adoption Blues – Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption  by Foli and Thompson

The Whole Life Adoption Book – Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family by Jayne Schooler

Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family by David & Renee Sanford 

Th .


God Found Us You by Lisa Bergren

Forever, Jewel by Kate Hannula

Shaoey and Dot by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman

Chosen by Love by Tom Jaski

Miracle in the Land of Wu by Buffi A Young

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

Mommy’s Heart Went POP!  by Christina Kyllonen and Peter Greer

Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon (for ages 2-6)

E is for Ethiopia by Lori Prodan and Keith Holmes

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak 

I Wished for You – An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond

All About Adoption by Marc Nemiroff (for ages 4-12) 

Horace by Holly Keller (for ages 2-8) 

The Mulberry Bird by Anne Braff Brodzinsky (for ages 4-12)

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim


The New Barker in the House by Tomie dePaola

Is That Your Sister? A True Story of Adoption by Catherine Bunin 

Waiting for May by Janet Stoeke

Seeds of Love – For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption by Mary Petertyl 

Things Little Kids Need to Know by Susan Uhlig

A Sister for Matthew by Pamela Kennedy