I took these links from the old thread http://www.soulcysters.net/showthrea...ion-resources/
Please take time to add what has been helpful to you and tell a little bit about it. It can be anything that has been helpful to you or someone you know. Books, Links, etc. Blessing to each of you on your journey.
Let me know if a link does not work, but I think I checked them all.
Ins and outs of Adoptions…to answer all your questions
Great forums for any kind of adoption
An excellently written piece on how to proceed through
all steps of the (USA) domestic adoption process.
Checklists, self-assessments, resources.
A great site, especially see the “How to Adopt”
section and the “Can I adopt from another state?”
Karen's Adoption Links -- lots of great info on a variety of topics at this site! I like the products section!
www.adoptionlearningpartners.org - adoption education community, some agencies require you to take courses through them; very good courses to take even if not required!
A wonderful site to find out a LOT of information about adoption
Adoption message boards that does embrace all facets of the adoption triad, it does seem to be more heavily membered by birthmothers, but I feel that it is important to understand how they feel, as it is their children we love and parent
Cost of Adoption
A site that has a chart comparing the fees and
procedures for different types of adoptions, a link
for a free 75 page booklet on adoption, and ideas for
This is a great link for anyone looking for info. on adoption help. Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's was an adopted child and worked hard all his life to help make adoption more accessible to everyone. He was a great advocate and will be dearly missed. Give it a look! Best wishes to all who are waiting and looking I hope you all get great results!
Steven Curtis Chapman ( a christian muscian) and his wife Mary Beth have started this organization to spread the word about the need for adoption. The website has many resources as well as grant opportunities to aid christian families in their desire to adopt.
Agencies or Facilitators
An adoption facilitator: The Adoption Network in
Laguna Beach, CA.
Commonwealth International Adoptions a non-profit
Lifeline Adoptions in Birmingham AL.
They do adoptions in China, India, Colombia and Russia. I believe they've put a hold on accepting new applications for the Guatemala program until the whole mess in Guatemala is straightened out. Also, I think Vietnam is currently closed for adoptions, but CHI plans to continue them when it reopens.
link to alberta ward adoptions.
Research countries, agencies, learn about waiting children, articles and resources for adoptive families
The Orphan Doctor (aka Jane Aronson) a specialist in interpreting medicals for international adopters and in treating problems that orphans often have. I heard her speak and she is great... there are many others like her out there though!
Selecting An Agency For International Adoption -- A GREAT list of questions to ask before selecting an agency! I based my list of 12 essential questions on this list!
This is a yahoo group for international adoption agency research. You can post, inquire, and search for agency advice. It is extremely informative.
For any parent who is considering, in process, or has completed a Guatemalan adoption - this website is amazing! It has a wealth of information and is updated very frequently
www.rainbowkids.com - Research countries, agencies, learn about waiting children, articles and resources for adoptive families
www.adoptkorea.com - awesome resource for anyone looking into adopting from Korea
Listing of Children
A large listing of over 3000 children awaiting
adoption, nationwide. Searchable and detailed, with
photos. Wide variety of children, all ages and
backgrounds. Can help you research on what types of
issues these children have, which special needs you
feel you would be able to take on and which you feel
Photolisting of children awaiting adoption in the
northwestern US. Nicely maintained.
How to adopt
Dear Birth Mother Letters
The Greatest Gift: Reflections on International &
Domestic Adoption" by Betsy Buckley.
Raising Adopted Children, by Lois Ruskai Melina
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents
Knew, by Sherrie Eldridge
Toddler Adoption - The Weaver's Craft, by Mary Hopkins
here is a site and a book that deals with African American hair care. good knowledge for those of us doing transracial adoptions with AA children.
Kids Talk Hair: An Instruction book for grown ups and Kids by Pamela Farrell
A link to "A Adoptive Breastfeeding Resource Website" for those thinking of breastfeeding adopted babies.
Adoption Scrapbook and Lifebook Supplies -- an essential site for those of us who are scrap-a-holics!
Nancy is a counselor and author. She deals with the complex issues unique to adoption that adoptive parents will encounter. As an adoptee, I only with that my parents had been armed with Nancy's knowledge when they were raising me. I think adoption is only responsible choice if perspective parents are willing to look at how the adoptee will be affected by it emotionally. When parents do this, adoption is/can be a tremendous gift and blessing. When they do not, the child is simply caught up in the parent's agenda and his/her rights and needs become a side issue, or worse yet, a non issue.
http://www.adoptivefamiliesmagazine.com *Buy here*
www.simpleasthat.com - great info for multi-ethnic families
Embryo Adoption links