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GIFT Adoption Resources

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption www.davethomasfoundation.org

This is a great site for adoption facts, information, free resources, myths and misrepresentations…

They have an amazing links page that has to be visited. It is broken up into categories and is one of the most comprehensive links pages available:

General adoption information
Foster care adoption
Adoption benefits
Financial assistance
Domestic infant adoption
International adoption
Special needs adoption
Exchanges and photolistings
Policy and legislation

http://www.davethomasfoundation.org/Free-Adoption-Resources/Adoption-Links

National Adoption Center http://www.adopt.org

The National Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care throughout the United States, and is a resource to families and to agencies who seek the permanency of caring homes for children.

Adoption.com http://www.adoption.com

Contains a wide variety of adoption topics and resources for families.

Adopt America Network http://www.adoptamericanetwork.org

Adopt America Network partners with hundreds of public and private organizations across the country, matching waiting children with eager families.

Adoptioninformation.com http://adoption.about.com

A resource for families considering adoption. It contains articles, resources and tips for people considering or those who already have adopted.

North American Council on Adoptable Children http://www.nacac.org

Great resource for information on Title IV-E Adoption Assistance program for each state and Canadian province.

Adoption Books http://www.adoptionbooks.com/

Resource for finding books on adoption.

Adopting.com http://www.adopting.com

Great resources for prospective adoptive parents: Includes – photolisting of waiting children, How to get started information, links to agencies, attorneys, & support groups along with much more information. A site that must be visited.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. http://www.mareinc.org

They recruit, educate, support and advocate for families throughout the adoption process while targeting recruitment efforts to attract potential parents for specific waiting children. We are the Commonwealth’s central clearinghouse for adoption information and referral, and work to identify potential matches between children and families. Get source for information and resources in Massachusetts and New England.

Adoption Institute http://www.adoptioninstitute.org

The Adoption Institute’s mission is to provide 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.

Voice for Adoption http://www.voice-for-adoption.org

“Voice for Adoption is a national collaboration of child welfare organizations whose mission is to speak in a single voice with policy makers, representing the interests of foster children awaiting adoption and the families who adopt them.”

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption

http://www.nrcadoption.org/

Information to aid with special needs adoption programs as well as resources available through the NRCA. Also offered are web links to other helpful organizations and publications with a particular emphasis on working with special needs adoption.

UMass Med Center for Adoption Research http://www.umassmed.edu

Develops practical methods for improving adoption and foster care policy and practice.

Child Welfare League of America http://www.cwla.org

CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states. Our impact is felt worldwide.

Child Photolisting Websites

ComeUnity http://www.comeunity.com

Directory of State and International Adoption Photolistings of children who wait for adoption.

AdoptUsKids http://www.adoptuskids.org/

The mission of AdoptUsKids is two-fold: to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and to assist U.S. States, Territories and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.

Children Awaiting Parents http://www.capbook.org

CAP’s mission is to recruit foster and adoptive families across the United States for children who have been waiting the longest for a family. Our waiting children are often older, minorities, sibling groups who wish to be placed together, or children with emotional, mental and/or physical disabilities – children who are typically categorized as “special needs” or “hardest to place”.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. http://www.mareinc.org

They recruit, educate, support and advocate for families throughout the adoption process while targeting recruitment efforts to attract potential parents for specific waiting children. We are the Commonwealth’s central clearinghouse for adoption information and referral, and work to identify potential matches between children and families. Get source for information and resources in Massachusetts and New England.

The Adoption Exchange http://www.adoptex.org

The Adoption Exchange recruits families for children who have survived abuse and neglect, supports adoptive families throughout every phase of the adoption process, and trains child welfare professionals. The Adoption Exchange maintains a national training presence, and connects children in eight member states CO, MO, NV, NM, OK, SD, UT and WY with American families living here and abroad.

Referred by Joann DiStefano

http://www.childwelfare.com/Illinois%20Adoption%20Directory.htm

(Illinois directory for Adoption);

Referred by Lynn Cooper

BeyondConsequences.com

Provides helpful articles and resources for adoptive parents

directory.adoption.com

Adoption agencies and resources by state