Adoption Resources

Websites:


Adoptive Families Circle is an online adoption community with forums, blogs and helpful information.


Adoption.com is full of useful articles and active forums on adoption. It includes forums specific for the state where you live.


Adoption Haven, LLC is a comprehensive website in adoption education. Their services include placement services to birthmothers and adoptive parents.  Adoption Haven, LLC also provides adoption support services, including home studies and post-placement services for Missouri residents.

Adopting.com has information for those seeking to adopt or raising children through adoption.  They have large listings of online support groups, adoption professionals by state and other helpful resources.

Adoptive Families Magazine has an excellent website full of updated adoption news and informative articles for those in any stage of the adoption process. There are also links on their site to find agencies which meet the criteria you are interested in.  You can also get a free issue of the magazine (which I think is the best adoption resource out there) sent to you.

American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adoption and Foster Care has updated, useful information for those children in foster care and those who have been adopted.


Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is an excellent website for facts and materials on adoption.  This is where you can get a free employer and employee toolkit which shows you how to lobby your work to include adoption benefits.


Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute provides leadership that improves adoption laws, policies, and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.


Infertility and Adoption Support, Inc. (IAS) is a non-for-profit organization that serves the St. Louis, Missouri area.  The mission of IAS is to provide support and information to people facing the challenges of infertility and to people considering adoption.  The goal of IAS is to encourage people to make informed decisions regarding their family building options.  On their website is a great list of books on adoption.


The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced “inside”) is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options.  They have wonderful discussion boards on adoption.  Some are moderated by Patricia Irwin Johnston, an author on adoption whose books I always recommend.

The Office of Children’s Issues, United States Department of State is a good resource for those adopting internationally. It has updated information about the Hague Convention and what agencies are Hague accredited.

Tapestry Books is an online adoption bookstore.  It has every book imaginable from those entering the adoption process up to adoptive parenting.  This is an excellent location for locating adoption books for children too.

Books:

Adopting:  Sound Choices, Strong Families (2008) by Patricia Irwin Johnston


Adoption is a Family Affair!:  What Relatives and Friends Must Know (2001) by Patricia Irwin Johnston


Adoption Without Fear (1989) by James L. Gritter, M.S.W


The Kid:  What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant (1999)  by Dan Savage


A Mother for Choco(1996) by Keiko Kasza


The Post Adoption Blues(2004) by Karen J. Foli, Ph.D., and John R. Thompson, M.D.


Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother (1999) by Jana Wolff

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