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AdopteesSeven Core Issues Of Adoption Adoption At Different Ages Discovering Your Identity Talking About Adoption With Others Finding Help
BirthparentsSeven Core Issues Of AdoptionFinding Help
Post Adoption RelationshipsPost Adoption Contact
Adoptive ParentsComing Home Seven Core Issues Of Adoption Child's Eduction Talking About Adoption With Others Finding Help
Nurturing ConnectionsAdoptive Family and Adoptee Connection Culture and Families Adoptive and Birthfamily Connection Search and Reunion
Child HealthPhysical Health and Development Before You See The Doctor Early Intervention and Family Service Plans Mental and Emotional Health Complex Trauma1
TeenCentral.Net from KidsPeace has a section where teens can post their questions or thoughts on a variety of topics and get responses from other teens. Type “adoption” on the home page to read what other teens have to say about their adoptions.
Birthparent Support Websites
www.birthmombuds.com – provides peer counseling, support, encouragement, and friendship to pregnant women considering adoption as well as women who have already placed children for adoption.
www.birthmother.com – information, support, guidance, and first-hand experience for women considering placing a child for adoption, and for those who have already placed a child. Site includes birth father specific information as well.
www.birthmothersunite.com – site was created to help birth mothers connect together and provide information on birth mother issues.
http://openadoptionbloggers.com/open-adoption-blogs/first-parent-birthparent-birthmom-birthmother-adoption-blogs/ – A network of adoption blogs from first/birth parents
http://www.openadoptioninsight.org/index.html – provides current, accurate and thoughtful information on open adoption for people at all stages of the adoption process.
http://www.oyff.org/ – On Your Feet Foundation, provides personal support to birthparents to help them get “back on their feet.” OYFF focuses on helping our clients build a better life by giving them the tools they need through case management and coaching, monetary grants and through the creation of a community of other birthparents.
Lifegivers: Framing the Birth Parent Experience in Open Adoption by James L. Gritter (2000, CWLA Press). This book examines the ways birth parents are marginalized. The author makes the point that adopted children are best served when birth parents and adoptive parents work together to ensure that birth parents remain in children’s lives.
Sam’s Sister This children’s book was written by Juliet C. Bond to help birthparents explain adoption to other children they are parenting.
The Spirit of Open Adoption by Jim Gritter (1997, CWLA Press). This book takes a realistic look at the joys and pains of open adoption for birth parents, adopted people, and adoptive parents.
Grief and Loss
- Disenfranchised Grief
- Video clip from “We Can Do Better: Parenting the Adopted Child,” part of Adopted: The Movie, discussing aspects of grief and loss in adoption
- “Silent Voices Heard Impact of the Birth Mother Experience: Then and Now” by Donna Portuesi
- “Grief and Open Adoption” by Brenda Romanick
Health Insurance And Adoption
Family Leave And Adoption
Childcare And Adoption
Information on how to find and evaluate childcare, childcare providers and other important considerations is available from:
- Zero to Three
- National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- National Association for Family Child Care
Download easy-to-use childcare evaluation checklists from:
Birth Certificates And Adoption
Social Security Numbers And Adoption
Request a social security number for your child from the Social Security Administration.
Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
The Federal Adoption Tax Credit And Adoption
Adoption Subsidies And Other Financial Assistance
U.S. Citizenship and Adoption:
FAQs on the Child Citizenship Act (CCA) of 2000
“School Readiness and School Placement of a Newly Adopted Post-institutionalized Child,” published by the Post-Adoption Learning Center (PAL, Inc.).
Gossary of terms related to special education services, IEPs, and IDEA
Chart comparing major legislation governing special education services.
Developing a “Student Snapshot”
Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment and Remediation offers educational courses online and on CD for parents and professionals who want to learn more about the needs of children adopted from overseas
How to Be an Adoption Advocate (from Adoptive Families magazine)
List of country-specific resources for: Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Korea, and Vietnam. Continent-wide resources are available for Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe.
The Color of Life guide to parenting children of African American, Latino, and Asian ancestry.
Directory of culture and heritage events across the country.
From Adoption Today:
Resources and Adoption Stories:
From Adoption Resources of Wisconsin:
African American and Multiracial Adoptees:
South Korean Adoptees:
Reel Works: A Girl Like Me
Online Training/Education Classes:
Definitions of some common terms related to accessing information or searching
Directory of foster care and adoption resources and agencies in each state.
From Born Learning:
From Zero to Three:
From the Talaris Institute:
Post-adoption assessments: http://adoptiondocs.org/post.jsp
Finding a physician who understands the needs of adopted children:
- The AAP’s Section on Adoption and Foster Care (SOAFC) provides a state-specific directory of members and affiliate members with a special interest in adoption and foster-care medicine.
- Another state-specific directory of adoption medicine professionals is available from the University of Minnesota’s International Adoption Medicine Program.
- What Is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician? (from the AAP)
- The American Academy of Pediatrics website will help you find a developmental-behavioral pediatrician.
Development and Developmental Assessments:
International Adoption Medicine Program and Clinic: topical factsheets listing many of the disorders and diseases that should be included as part of the medical evaluation for an internationally adopted child.
Nurturing Your Child’s Development:
From Zero to Three:
- The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis
- Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah Gray
- Parenting the Hurt Child by Gregory Keck
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Prenatal Substance Exposure:
Adopting Children with Disabilities from the Child Welfare Information Gateway discusses:
- Mental Retardation
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spina Bifida
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effect
Sensory Processing Disorders:
- Also available on this website:
A statewide directory of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs): The Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 (IDEA 2004)
Information on specific disabilities and advocacy groups
The Wright’s Law website: information and recommendations for parents needing help understanding early intervention services.
A glossary of terms related to special education services, IFSPs, and IDEA 2004.
Bethany Christian Service’s ADOPTSSM Child Trauma Assistance program
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):
Evidence-based treatments and promising practices for children who have experienced trauma