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About Adoption: Articles and Resources
Carrie Craft is the editor of this special site all about adoption. From Carrie: "I am blessed to have many different insights into this topic. I am an adoptive parent as well as a foster parent. I also have the unique insight of the birth family as I discovered several years ago, after the death of my mother, that she had a child before me and had given her up for adoption. I have met my sister and have a relationship with her. This has given me another link to my deceased mother as well as given my newly found sister a since of history."

Read the current About.com Headlines:
Foster Care Adoption Poem Passage
Preparing to Parent the Internationally Adopted Child
New Year's Resolutions for Foster and Adoptive Parents
2007 - A Year in Review
Snow Day Activities for Your Foster or Adopted Children
Top Adoption News Stories of 2007 - What Do You Think?
Adoption or Parenting - The Choices Before Jamie Lynn Spears
The 9th Annual A Home for the Holidays
Madonna Adoption Update
Foster Children and Your Extended Family During the Holidays

ADA: What Adoption Agencies Need to Know
Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and implications for adoption.

Adoptees Free Search
Site includes forums, professional advice and a search function.

Adoptees.org
Site for adoptees. Includes search registry.

Adoption Assessment or Home Study
This site provides details on home studies/assessments covered in five informational pages. You are able to download a copy of the entire contents of these pages that you can print out at home.

Adoption Family Center
Resource for GLBT adoption.

Adoption Institute
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, founded in 1996, is a national not-for-profit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. The Adoption Institute is a reliable, unbiased and respected voice for ethical adoption practices that respect all people touched by adoption.

Adoption Council of Canada
The umbrella organization for adoption in Canada. Based in Ottawa, the ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes placement of waiting children and stresses the importance of post-adoption services.

Adoption.org
A gateway to adoption information for birth parents and adoptive parents.

Adoption Forums
Case workers and social workers message board.

Adoption History Project
Social work transformed help into a professional activity. Because social workers have been the rank and file workers in the world of adoption, endowing them with authority and expertise was a prerequisite for the professionalization of adoption. Making sure that family-formation would be overseen by professionals was an important part of making adoption modern.

Adoption Professionals
Whether you are a social worker, program manager, family therapist, attorney, or anyone who comes into contact with adopted persons and adoptive families, you need reliable and comprehensive information to help you become competent about adoption issues. NAIC offers resources to assist.

Adoption Social Work: A History
Social work transformed help into a professional activity. Because social workers have been the rank and file workers in the world of adoption, endowing them with authority and expertise was a prerequisite for the professionalization of adoption. Making sure that family-formation would be overseen by professionals was an important part of making adoption modern.

Adoption State by State
A great list of official state sites by the About Adoption editor. Search under your state and learn all about the laws and procedures for adoption.

Adoption Studies and Adoption Science
During the twentieth century, child adoption was reimagined in scientific terms, as a social experiment and human laboratory that could produce knowledge as well as help children. Researchers were persuaded that adoption could answer basic scientific questions about development, nature and nurture, and family norms. Professionals and parents were persuaded that scientific research would improve family-making by minimizing risks and maximizing safety. Adoption has been the subject of four major types of empirical research: field studies, outcome studies, nature-nurture studies, and psychopathology studies. Chronological lists of studies can be found by clicking on the preceding links. Descriptions of particular studies, and excerpts from them, can be found by using the links in the table on this site.

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association of attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law. The Academy’s work includes promoting the reform of adoption laws and disseminating information on ethical adoption practices. The Academy publishes a newsletter, holds annual meetings, and hosts educational seminars. These attorneys refer parents for counseling services.

American Association of Open Adoption Agencies
Lists of member agencies, adoption checklists and extensive resource information.

Bibliography of Adoption Books
From the University of Michigan

Birthmother Site
Adoption.com’s FREE online support group and interactive resource center exclusively for women and men considering adoption for their unborn child, as well as women and men who have placed their child for adoption.

Children Awaiting Parents
Adoption for children with special needs.

Child Welfare League of America
The United States' oldest membership based child welfare organization. You will find research data, publications and information on child welfare.

Council on Accreditation
The Council on Accreditation partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

Home Study Process
This process has three purposes: to educate and prepare the adoptive family for adoption, to gather information about the prospective parents that will help a social worker match the family with a child whose needs they can meet, and to evaluate the fitness of the adoptive family.

Gay and Lesbian Parenting
2moms2dads.com is your one-stop resource for gay and lesbian parents or gays and lesbians interested in becoming parents -- through adoption, surrogacy, in vitro, egg donors, sperm donors, etc. We provide links to articles and resources specifically for gay and lesbian parents and potential parents. If you're thinking about becoming a parent, check out their invaluable resources.

International Adoptions
From the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. A great fact page on how to bring a foreign orphan to the United States.

NASW
Statement on the Uniform Adoption Act

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
From the US Administration on Children and Families, a new site covering resources and information on all aspects of adoption.

National Association of Black Social Workers
Position statement on trans-racial adoption.

National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School (NCALP) - The LawSite is a free, online service for both adoptive families and professionals. It is also the nation’s only comprehensive searchable site for statutes, regulations, key cases and leading articles about adoption and child welfare law from all 50 states, all available at no charge to the user.  

New Zealand Foster Care Network
From Allysa Carberry: This site is here to help you with your important journey as a Foster Parent. It will not have all the answers, but hopefully will help you to know that, as a Caregiver you are not alone in this journey. Caregiving is a challenging, but very rewarding job, and we need as much support as possible.This web site is New Zealand based. Although in saying this, some of the links may be from other countries. On searching the NET, I have found that it doesn’t matter where in the world you are ‘Fostering’ – we all seem to have the same issues.

North American Council On Adoptable Children
Organization advocating for the right of children to have permanent, nurturing and culturally sensitive families.  Advocates for hard to place children.

North American Council On Adoptable Children
Organization advocating for the right of children to have permanent, nurturing and culturally sensitive families.  Advocates for hard to place children.

Readings in Adoption
Because a great deal has been written recently about adoption by legal scholars, policy analysts, social scientists, adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents, this site has listed sources that are especially useful in thinking about adoption historically that may not appear in many excellent bibliographies emphasizing only the recent past.

Safe Baby (Abandoned Baby or Safe Haven) Law
Choose your state on the map and the Safe Baby law for that particular state will be explained and information given.
 

Should I be a Foster Parent?
From About Adoption, points to consider when thinking through whether or not to be a foster parent.

Social Workers Dilemma: Placement with Gay/Lesbian Family
The debate goes on and will continue as long as there are conflicting views about homosexuality. Considering these different views, should social workers place children with gay men or lesbians?

Tapestry Books
The adoption book store. Tapestry books has all the latest books for adoptive families, adoption professionals and birth families. Professionals will want to pass out their catalog.

The Adoption School
A very creative site set up like a college campus. Adoption101.com is dedicated to promoting safe, ethical and affordable adoptions through education. Their seminars include excerpts from the books of the nation’s leading adoption authors.

Wisconsin Adoptions
Adoption information and the adoption process.

 

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