Resource Page

I designed this page to help families connect to services and resources. If you come across additional resources or have recommendations please let me know, I am continuously modifying this page.

Note to parents/guardians and youth:
Internet safety is an ongoing issue. Please be aware that while I check and update the resources regularly, I can not be responsible for the content of each website and recommend checking all data with a second resource. Guardians and parents should always check a site before suggesting it to their youth.

Web Sites by topic

Internet safety:
  1. http://www.kidscomjr.com/games/safety/safety.html - games to assist children under 9 with internet safety
  2. http://pbskids.org/license/ - another site specifically for younger children
  3. http://www.netsmartz.org/netteens.htm - for youth and parents
  4. https://www.wiredsafety.org/ - good information for guardians/parents
  5. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11030746/ - Parent information
  6. http://www.commonsensemedia.org - Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Teen health:
  1. National Institute of Health at https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/weight-control/take-charge-your-health/Pages/take-charge-your-health.aspx
  2. http://kidshealth.org/teen
  3. www.parentsmedguide.org/parentsmedguide.pdf
  4. http://www.adolescenthealth.org/Resources/Resources-for-Adolescents-and-Parents.aspx
  5. www.youngmenshealthsite.org
  6. www.advocatesforyouth.org – site helps youth make informed decisions regarding sexual health
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) youth:
  1. www.pflag.org – site for family, friends and GLBT individuals
  2. http://life.familyeducation.com/teen/sexuality/36545.html - article about parental response to youth ‘coming out’
  3. http://gayteens.about.com/od/sexuality/u/Support.html - numerous resources for parents and teens. Focus on safety of websites and supports.
  4. http://www.lamberthouse.org/ - Seattle area support center for GLBT teens
  5. http://www.glsen.org/ - The gay, lesbian and strait education network
  6. http://www.seattlecounseling.org/ - Seattle area counseling agency specializing in the GLBT population
  7. http://www.itgetsbetter.org/ Project developed in 2010 to address teen and young adult suicides my youth dealing with GLBT issues.
Adolescent development:
  1. http://childdevelopmentinfo.com
  2. worksheet and other info on the brain and communication
Parenting support and information:
  1. www.mvparents.com – resources and tips for parents
  2. http://life.familyeducation.com – various topics and resources
  3. www.cpsn.org - Changes Parent Support Network, located in the state of Washington, is a support group for parents of acting-out adolescent and post-adolescent children. The group provides strength through the combined experiences and wisdom of parents sharing common problems and solutions that have worked for others.
  4. www.focusas.org - Focus Adolescent Services is the largest and most comprehensive Internet site of information and resources on teen and family issues to help and support families with troubled and at-risk teens.
  5. Parentmap.com
Youth in foster care:
  1. http://www.mockingbirdsociety.org/ - organization dedicated to improving the foster care system and assisting youth aging out of foster care
  2. http://www.cwla.org – Child Welfare League of American has many different resources
  3. http://www.nfpainc.org/ - National foster parent association
  4. http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/CA/fosterparents/index.asp - Washington State Division of Social and Health Services resource page
  5. http://www.fpaws.org - Foster parent association of Washington State
Adoptive families:
  1. http://www.nacac.org/adoptalk/talkingwithteen.html - North American counsel on adopted children
Assessment Tools:
  1. Patient Health Questionnaire
  2. Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (child)
  3. Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (parent)
Adolescent mental health:
  1. www.teendepression.org
  2. www.nimh.nih.gov – National Institute of Mental Health, click on health and outreach – children and adolescents
  3. www.aacap.org – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
General mental health:
  1. www.psychcentral.com - overview of all mental health issues, peer networks, medication library. The site was also named in Time.com's 50 best websites in 2008.
  2. www.mentalhelp.net

Books

  1. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the selves of adolescent girls by Mary Pipher
  2. Real Boys: Rescuing out sons from the myths of boyhood by William Pollack
  3. Surviving your adolescents: How to manage and let go of you 13 to 18 year olds by Dr Phelan (also on DVD)
  4. Your Adolescent: Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Development from Early adolescence through the teen years by David Pruitt
  5. Why Do They Act That Way?: A survival guide to the Adolescent Brain for you and your teen by David Walsh and Nat Bennett
  6. The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries about the Teenage Brain Tell Us about Our Kids by Barbara Strauch
  7. Getting to Calm, Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens By Lauar S. Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt
  8. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child By John Gottman, Ph.D.
  9. The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being and Parenting From the Inside Out By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
  10. Nurturing Adoption by Deborah Gray
  11. Attachment in Adoption by Deborah Gray
  12. The Launching Years By Lauar S. Kastner
  13. The Seven Year Stretch By Lauar S. Kastner
  14. Growing a Girl by Barbara MacKoff
  15. Raising Cain by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
  16. Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
  17. Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simmons
  18. The Whole Brained Child - 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  19. The 5 Love Languages for Teenagers by Gary Chapman
  20. The Explosive Child - A new approach to understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children by Ross W. Greene
  21. My Anxious Mind - A teen's guide to managing anxiety and panic by M. Tompkins and K. Martinez
  22. Nurture Shock - The new thinking about children by P. Bronson
  23. Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman
  24. Mind Over Mood: Change how you feel by changing the way you think by Dennis Greenberger
  25. Tear Soup - A recipe for healing after loss by P. Schwiebert and C. Deklyen