Below are some resources for adoptive parents and teens that I’ve found extremely helpful. I invite you to explore them and hopefully they will be helpful to you and your family as well. I’ll continue to update this page as I find more resources, so please send me your suggestions here and I’ll include them if they are a good fit for this community.


Theraputic and Educational Consulting

  • Brooke Jackson, MA – - 415 415 609-2361
    Compassionate advocacy for families with at-risk children seeking placement in therapeutic boarding schools.
  • Jennie Heckman PhD, MACP, – 650 941-4662
    Consulting for families exploring alternative educational and therapeutic environments
  • Mercedes Carbone, 510 414-0291, Educational Consultant for families



  • NACAC North American Council on Adoptable Children NACAC’s 39th annual conference will be in Toronto, Ontario, on August 7-10, 2013.
  • JCICS Joint Council on International Children’s Services 37th Annual Child Welfare Symposium, Monday May 20, 2013 – Wednesday May 22, 2013 at the Conference Center, 130 East 59th Street New York, New York


Adoption Books – Personal Development


Publishers Of Adoption Books

  • Tapestry books is an online bookstore covering a wide range of topics related to adoption
  • EMK Press publishes books for adoptees, adoptive families, foster families, and adoption professionals.


Websites for Adoptive Parents


Websites for Adoptees


Transition Programs

  • The Coyote Coast Transition Program supports teens and families in maximizing gains and continuing the momentum established in out-of-home treatment such as, wilderness therapy, rehabilitation programs, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding schools.
  • Gabrielle Miranda, MS, MFT, Parent Coach, Vive 415 572-6445
    Supporting parents with troubled adolescents across the United States


Directory of Therapeutic Schools and Programs

  • NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs)
    The NATSAP website serves as a resource of information about our organization and the members it serves. Our members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs working with troubled teens and troubled adolescents.


Parent Support Groups in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Willows in the Wind
    Support group for parents with teens and young adults in wilderness programs or therapeutic boarding schools, or transitioning home, based in Northern California.
  • Bay Area Adoption Services
    Bay Area Adoption Services (BAAS) is a parent-led, non-profit, international adoption agency. Our mission is to find and support loving, able parents for orphaned, abandoned or relinquished children. BAAS parents lead ongoing support groups.
  • PACT
    Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color.
    A key component of PACER’s mission is to offer support to members of the adoption community. To that end, we sponsor groups meeting monthly around the Bay Area and in Northern California.