Resources for Parents of Teens, and Tweens Too

As hard as it can feel to parent teens, let alone those who have experienced trauma and rough circumstances, it's infinitely harder to be a teen. Partnering with teens takes time, tolerance, trust and what may feel like a blind leap of faith. But we promise, it can be done! Please reference our Adoptee & Foster Voices, Substance Use/Addictions, and Technology pages for more resources.

"If your child has experienced abandonment, his or her need for connection is magnified more than with most teens. Yet at the same time, he or she is going to be scared of this connection. It is a difficult place to live..." ~Heather T. Forbes, trauma therapist & adoptive parent

Recommended Books & Articles

Teen-related Materials and Materials for Teens in ORPARC's library, including Teens & Adoption Information Packet developed by ORPARC

Resources for Parents

Resources for Teens

Hotlines for Teens

  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse: 1-800-784-6776
  • Childhelp USA: 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-42A-CHILD)
  • LGBTQ crisis & suicide line: 1-866-488-7386 (1-800-48U-TREVOR)
  • LGBTQ National Youth Talkline: 1-800-347-8336 (1-800-347-TEEN)
  • Planned Parenthood: 1-800-230-7526
  • Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-4673 (1-800-656-HOPE)
  • Runaway: 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY)
  • STI & HIV Hotline (CDC): 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
  • Suicide: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
  • Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474, 1-866-331-8453 TTY
  • YouthLine: 877-968-8491

Videos & Podcasts