Adoption Information

Resource Library & Links to Helpful Websites
(Please be patient...this page is not complete and is still under construction)

To obtain copies of books, CD's, audio tapes or VHS tapes, please contact your local library, adoption support groups,
your family therapist or purchase them online using sites like

Waiting, waiting, and waiting some more

Some placements are very quick, but most of the time you will have to wait. This is a very emotional time. You are searching for a child to add to your home. You spend time scouring the photolistings, and preparing your child's room. Why hasn't the social worker called you with a child match yet?

The simple answer is, they're busy. Social workers are working with lots of parents, and lots of kids. It is OK to remind your worker that you are still waiting and what "type" of child you are interested in. You know the old saying, "the squeaky wheel gets the oil." If you find a profile of a child that you are interested in, get the information to your case worker. This also helps them to understand what you're looking for in a child.

The age and type of the child you are looking for will greatly impact the length of your wait. If you are looking for a Caucasian child, under the age of 3, you can expect to have a very long wait. If you are willing to accept an older child, a sibling group, or a child of color, you can expect a much shorter wait.


ADHD/ADD Sensory Integration
Anger Sexual Abuse/Sexualized Behavior
Attachment & Bonding Siblings
Autism/Asperger's Teen Issues
Depression/Bipolar Transracial/Transcultural
Develop. Delayed/Mental Retardation Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Disruption/Dissolution Violence
Eating Disorder  
Education-School Issues-Sp. Education  
Emancipation/Preparation for Adulthood Pre-Adopt
FASD/Drug Affected Questions to ask when adopting
Gay & Lesbian Issues  
Grief & Loss  
Lifestory Books  
Medical Issues  
Mental Health Issues Federal Adoption Tax Credit
for Special Needs Adoptions
Misc. General Resources
State By State Resources
Open Adoption/Mediation
Physical Abuse
Respite Care

Websites and other helpful Links

Center for Adoption Support & Services
C.A.S.E. was created in May 1998 to provide post-adoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. In addition, C.A.S.E. is a national resource for families and professionals through its training, publications, and consultations.

National Adoption Foundation
The National Adoption Foundation was established in 1994 by adoptive parents who understand the unmet needs adoptive families have for financial support and advocacy. Everything the Foundation does is driven by a clear understanding of the challenges faced by families in the adoption process and beyond. The National Adoption Foundation is the only national resource dedicated exclusively to providing financial support, information and services directly to adoptive families.

Heart Gallery of America
The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care.The Heart Gallery of America is a collaborative project of over 120 Heart Galleries across the United States (and growing) designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.

Families Like Ours
Families Like Ours, Inc (FLO) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Adoption Exchange, helping pre & post adoptive families, GLBT and non GLBT alike since October 2000 through our network of adoption resources, support, education and advocacy.

Founded in 1974 by adoptive parents, the North American Council on Adoptable Children is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them.

Gift of Adoption
The Gift of Adoption is the look of hope, the sweet smile, the small hand holding mine, the tentative steps that turn into trust, the comfort that comes from knowing one belongs. Pulled from the streets of an African city, our girls are survivors. The gift of adoption has given them a future. It’s given them security.



Adopt America Network
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, Adopt America Network (AAN) is committed to improving the lives of adoptable children throughout the United States who are in the foster care system by placing them with permanent, loving families. AAN uses a national network of public agencies, private agencies and volunteer adoption specialists.

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.

Institute for Black Families
The Institute for Black Parenting (IBP) is the first licensed private, full-service Adoption, Foster Care and Family Preservation Agency that has served the African American community in four Southern California counties, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside since 1988.

WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Take a look around our site. Get to know us. Find out how you can help. We think you will like what you see.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
MARE exists to find "a permanent place to call HOME" for CHILDREN in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place.

We do this by recruiting, educating, supporting and advocating for FAMILIES throughout the adoption process.

Dave Thomas Foundation
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is committed to excellence in all of its efforts. In 2002, the Foundation adopted core organizational values that drive every decision made on behalf of children.


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