Browse through the content below for helpful books and resourceful websites recommended by the Lilliput Families staff.

Recommended Reading List

Below is a list of excellent books that Lilliput Families has reviewed for relevance, content, and quality. We encourage you to purchase any of the books below that pertain to your family needs. If you purchase through the links below, Amazon.com will make a donation to Lilliput's services at no extra cost to you.

Helpful Websites

The list of web links below is designed to give you additional information and resources external to Lilliput Families.

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211 Sacramento

211 Sacramento provides referrals to more than 2,400 community services in the Sacramento area, including: Employment and Training, Housing Information, Financial Assistance, Children's Services, Senior Services, Food Programs, Health Care Services and more!

AARP Foundation GrandCare Support Locator

AARP Foundation GrandCare Support Locator connects grandparents with national, state and local groups, programs, resources and services that support grandparents or other relative caregivers as well as grandparents facing visitation issues. You may connect with: Support groups, State or Local Navigator/Information and Referral Programs and Warm-lines, Grandparent Resource Centers, Respite Programs, Health and Wellness Services, Resource Guides and Newsletters, Training/Education Opportunities, Child Care Resources and Referral, Children and Youth Clubs and Programs, Caregiver camps, Legal Services, Advocacy Programs, Aging Agencies, Children and Family Services, Foster Care Programs.

Adoptive Families Magazine

Adoptive Families Magazine is the nation's leading adoption magazine, recognized as a Parent's Choice Award Winner for four consecutive years. For more than thirty years, Adoptive Families magazine has helped families through every aspect of the decision to adopt, the process of adoption, and raising adopted children. Adoptive Families magazine is the only publication that keeps you informed about current adoption news, addresses important adoption issues, and guides you through every developmental stage of raising and nurturing your child. Each full-color issue covers the world of adoption with unmatched depth and sensitivity. You'll find articles by adoptive parents and professionals, as well as moving stories from adopted children that will help you better understand their hopes and fears. You'll not only look forward to receiving each bi-monthly issue, but also will want to save each copy to refer to as your family grows and changes!

American Adoption Congress

The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is composed of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform, representing all those whose lives are touched by adoption. Through education and advocacy, AAC promotes honesty, openness and respect for family connections in adoption, foster care and assisted reproduction. AAC is Committed to: Increasing public awareness about the realities of adopted life for birth and adoptive families Changing public policies related adoption practices to acknowledge adoption as an extension of family. Legislation in all states guaranteeing access to identifying information for all adopted persons and their birth and adoptive families through records access and preservation of open adoption agreements. The right for birth family reunification for all adults, without prior restraint, through search and support group networking and/or social service assistance.

American River College (ARC) Foster & Kinship Care Education Program (F&KCE)

The American River College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program provides free parenting education for foster parents, interested non-foster parents and kinship caregivers. Whether caring for a relative’s child or a child from within the foster care system, there is much to know and ARC can give the extra support through their specialized education classes. They can also provide connections to services and individuals that offer information and resources to help you make a greater difference.

California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Kinship Care

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) website provides detailed information about California’s Kinship Support Services Programs (KSSP).

California Ombudsman for Foster Care

California Ombudsman for Foster Care offers a variety of valuable services: Ensures the voice of foster children and youth is heard, and acts on their behalf. Creates an avenue for foster children and youth to file complaints regarding their placement, care and services without fear of retribution from those who provide their care and services. Acts as an independent forum for the investigation and resolution of complaints made by or on behalf of children placed in foster care and makes appropriate referrals. Provides children and youth with information on their rights when placed in foster care. Maintains a toll-free telephone number which foster children and youth may call from anywhere in California to express their concerns and complaints.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, they provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

iFoster

iFoster website provides resources to help raise our most vulnerable children, providing programs that provide life changing resources for at-risk children and youth to put them on the path to becoming independent successful adults.

NACAC (North American Council on Adoptable Children)

NACAC (North American Council On Adoptable Children) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting adoptive parents, promoting adoption awareness, informing adoption professionals, and helping children find permanent, loving families. Serving parents and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada, NACAC publishes material, conducts training, advocates for system change, and provides support related to: Adoption support and preservation, parent group development, adoption subsidies, adoptive and foster parent recruitment, transracial/transcultural parenting, child welfare system reform, kinship care concurrent planning. NACAC also holds the most comprehensive adoption conference in North America. In Minnesota, NACAC recruits foster and adoptive parents and provides peer support to adoptive families.

Pact, An Adoption Alliance

Pact, An Adoption Alliance, is a nonprofit organization begun by two adoptive parents in 1991, Pact has developed a national reputation for excellence in serving all members of the adoption triad. Each year, Pact offers educational events attended by more than 1500 individuals, provides - free of charge - over 1000 crisis consultations to birth parents, and consults with hundreds of potential adoptive parents. Top priority is given to programs especially designed to support and inform adopted children and adopted adults of color.