Adoption Resources, Recommended Readings & Links
Heartland for Children strives to provide a multitude of resources and supports to adoptive parents, as we understand that adoption is a lifelong process. Our resources and links below are a glimpse of some of the recommended material for adoptive or prospective adoptive parents.
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Training & Classes
Family Fundamentals is a parent resource center and a project of Success By 6. Success By 6 is a community-wide children’s initiative, spearheaded by United Way of Central Florida and founded by Carol Barnett, President of Publix Charities in 1995 that brings together resources to form a community partnership. Success By 6 is an initiative to make early childhood development a top priority in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties and to ensure that all children, by the age of six, have the physical, emotional, social, and mental foundation to succeed in school and in life.
The mission of the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County is to provide leadership, direction, and integrated resource management for quality services that support our vision of success for children. Their vision is that all children enter school healthy, ready and eager for lifelong learning with the collaborative support of parents, families, educators, and the community.
The Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland's goal is to ensure young children in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties have access to high quality early care and education programs. A high quality early care and education program is one that is filled with rich and creative experiences, a developmentally appropriate environment and caring teachers who sincerely connect with young children. Such a program can truly help a young child prepare for school success!
Teach Me Now! offers a variety of safety classes including CPR, how to handle household poisons, allergic reactions, and more. Call (863) 581-4177 for more information.
- The boy who was raised as a dog, Bruce D. Perry & Maia Szalavitz
- Parenting the Hurt Child – Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow, Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky
- Parenting from the Inside Out, Daniel Siegel
- Beyond Logic, Consequences, and Control, Heather Forbes & Brian Post
- Attaching in Adoption – Practical Tools for Today’s Parents, Deborah D. Gray
- 2015 Payment Calendar - Adoption Subsidy (download)
- 2016 Payment Calendar - Adoption Subsidy (download)
- 2017 Payment Calendar - Adoption Subsidy (download)