Thriving Families: A Trauma-Informed Guidebook for the Foster and Adoptive Journey

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5.2 X 7.87 X 0.79 inches | 0.44 pounds

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About the Author

Jenn Ranter Hook is the founder and executive director of Replanted. She previously worked as a trauma therapist for children and adolescents in foster care. She speaks frequently on topics related to adoption and foster care support, mental health, and trauma. She is the author of Replanted: Faith-Based Support for Foster and Adoptive Families, and lives in Dallas, TX with her husband Josh.

Joshua N. Hook, PhD is an associate professor of counseling psychology at the University of North Texas and is a licensed clinical psychologist (LCP). He has written four books, including Replanted: Faith-Based Support for Foster and Adoptive Families. He blogs regularly about psychology and faith at He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Jenn.


"Thriving Families offers a unique perspective on how we can care for children who come from hard places. This book values and amplifies voices in a way that makes the reader truly want to listen and learn alongside their community for the sake of God's children."
--TORI HOPE PETERSEN, bestselling author of Fostered
"Foster care and adoption is an imperfect solution to an impossible problem on this side of heaven. However, that doesn't mean we sit on our hands until God's kingdom comes. And thanks to people like Jenn and Josh Hook, their work, and awesome resources like this book, we are able to have our hands steadied and strengthened for the work ahead. Thriving Families is a tangible and digestible tool that covers all important and necessary areas for the family and the individual. It doesn't matter whether you are considering a yes, recently said yes, or said yes decades ago, this book is for you."
--GAELIN ELMORE, former foster youth, child welfare advocate, and speaker
"Drawing on their combined clinical expertise and real-world experiences working with foster and adoptive families, Jenn Hook and Joshua Hook offer page after page of wisdom that will empower and encourage parents, caregivers, and other caring adults."
--JOSH SHIPP, author of the children's book No Matter What: A Foster Care Tale
"The Hooks do it again! They bring us the gospel truth while connecting deeply with our hearts. As you read through the pages of this book, you will find yourself compelled by the stories they share, challenged in your assumptions, and encouraged as you gain practical tools to take your next step. I believe Thriving Families has the potential to make a transformational impact on your parenting and family!"
--JAMI KAEB, founder and executive director of The Forgotten Initiative
"Thriving Families is a beautiful resource for families who are on the complex path to adoption or foster care. The Hooks not only provide a toolkit to help set families up for success, but also give a voice to families who often go unheard. This book gives hope to families who may feel alone on this extraordinary journey."
--NICOLE ARGO, former foster youth, now mother of two and a pastor's wife
"A great resource full of wisdom and expertise! It will be one that parents refer back to because it provides knowledge and practical strategies for adoptive families, foster families, and those seeking to support them. It is written with care, love, and a deep desire to make a difference in the life of every child and family that is standing in the gap for them. The Hooks knocked it out of the park!"
--JT OLSON, founder of the Both Hands Foundation
"I am a foster care alumnus and someone who has seen firsthand the incredible work done through Jenn and Josh Hook's Replanted ministry. This book does a phenomenal job of illustrating through lived experiences the sometimes rocky and sharp elements of this beautiful foster and adoptive family mosaic. Loving and raising kids who didn't come from your body isn't for wimps, but with high risk comes high reward--for us, for our communities, and for the kingdom of God. Thanks to the Hooks for this work, may we never be the same."
--LISA F. BARNES, former foster youth, Salvation Army officer, author, and international speaker