Foster Care Resources

Our team at Roanoke County Department of Social Services (RCDSS) would love to help you navigate your journey into learning more about foster care.

Thank you for your willingness to advocate for local children and families! Please see a list of resources below.


Within Roanoke County Public Libraries online data base, our team has selected and hyperlinked books, children's books, and movies related to trauma resources & foster care. Note: Not all of these resources have been reviewed by our team, so please feel free to look up online reviews when selecting. 

Children's Books
Parents, please review these resources before sharing with your children. Some content might be appropriate depending for older children rather than younger children.


Also, RCDSS has a library in-office. Please contact Amber Tiller (540) 283-8923 or email her for more information about checking out one of these books listed below. Because of the varied amount of resources, not all are listed here. Please ask Amber if you would like to see a full list of our resources.

  • Beyond Consequences, Logic, & Control (Heather Forbes)
  • Brain-Based Parenting (Daniel A. Hughes)
  • Brainstorm (Daniel Siegel)
  • Healing Trauma (Marion Solomon)
  • Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss (Claudia Jewett)
  • I Love You Rituals (Becky A. Bailey)
  • Kisses from Katie (Katie Davis)
  • Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Geoff Colvin)
  • Meeting the Challenge (Jim Fay)
  • No Such Thing as a Bad Kid (Charles D. Applestein)
  • Nurturing Attachments (Kim Golding)
  • Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal & Grow (Gregory Keck, Regina Kupecky)
  • The Connected Child: Bring Hope & Healing to your Adoptive Family (David Cross, Karyn Purvis, Wendy Sunshine)
  • The Developing Mind (Daniel Siegel)
  • The Gus Chronicles (Reflections from an Abused Kid) (Larry Brendtro)
  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Sensory Disorders (Carol Kranowitz)
  • The New Social Story (Carol Gray)
  • The Neurobiology of Attached-Focused Therapy (Jonathan Baylin)
  • The Sexualized Child in Foster Care (Sally Hoyle)
  • The Whole Brain-Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nuture your Child's Developing Mind (Daniel Siegel, Tina Bryson)
  • Walk a Mile in my Shoes - A Book about Biological Parents for Foster Parents & Social Workers (Judith A. B. Lee)