10 Things You Need to Know About Adoption

Adoption Resources

As overwhelming as the adoption process may seem, there are plenty of resources to get you up to speed. Here are a few:

  • Adoptive Families Magazine: The publication's site provides helpful information on the adoption process.
  • AdoptUsKids: AdoptUsKids seeks to bring foster and adoptive families and children together, as well as educate the public. This site includes photos of foster children waiting for adoption and informational materials.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: This comprehensive site is provided through the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It includes in-depth information in regard to child welfare. It also contains a complete section on adoption -- from the adoption process, adopting special needs children and resources to post-adoption services, information for birthparents and adoption laws.
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children: This council emphasizes the adoption of foster children and children with special needs. Visit the site for detailed information on how to adopt, post-adoption support, subsidies and educational materials.
  • Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: Refer to this site for free resources, educational information and details on how the foundation is working on behalf of children in foster care.

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  • AdoptUsKids. "About Adoption." (June 21, 2010) http://www.adoptuskids.org/resourceCenter/about-adoption.aspx
  • AdoptUsKids. "About the Collaboration." (June 29, 2010)http://www.adoptuskids.org/about/aboutCollaboration.aspx
  • American Academy of Pediatrics. "Section on Adoption and Foster Care." (June 27, 2010)http://www.aap.org/sections/adoption/default.cfm
  • Brown, Teri. "Adoption Medicine." iParenting. (June 21, 2010) http://www.iparentingadoption.com/articles/getting-ready/adoption-medicine-4391/
  • Brown, Teri. "Adoption Step by Step." iParenting. (June 22, 2010) http://www.iparentingadoption.com/articles/getting-ready/adoption-step-by-step-5056/
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  • Child Welfare Information Gateway. "About Child Welfare Information Gateway." June 24, 2010. (June 29, 2010)http://www.childwelfare.gov/aboutus.cfm
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  • Child Welfare Information Gateway. "Costs of Adopting." 2004 with updates April 30, 2010. (June 22, 2010) http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/s_cost/s_costc.cfm
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway. "Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons." 2004 with updates April 30, 2010. (June 22, 2010) http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_adimpact.cfm
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway. "Postadoption Services." 2006 with updates April 30, 2010. (June 21, 2010) http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_postadoption.cfm
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway. "Transracial and Transcultural Adoption." 1994 with updates on April 30, 2010. (June 22, 2010) http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_trans.cfm
  • Cody Epstein, Jennifer. "Starting the Adoption Process." Parents. 2004. (June 21, 2010) http://www.parents.com/parenting/adoption/facts/starting-adoption-process/
  • Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption. "About Us." (June 29, 2010)http://www.davethomasfoundation.org/About-Us
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  • National Council for Adoption. "For Birthparents." (June 22, 2010) https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/for-birthparents/for-birthparents.html
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children. "NACAC … because every child has the right to a permanent, nurturing, and culturally sensitive family." (June 29, 2010)http://www.nacac.org/about/about.html
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children. "How to Adopt." (June 29, 2010)http://www.nacac.org/howtoadopt/howtoadopt.html
  • Poremba, Sue. "We're Home! Now What?" (June 22, 2010) http://www.iparentingadoption.com/articles/general/we-re-home-now-what-4557/


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