Adoption Resources Links

On this page you will find links for the following subjects (all external [external link] except for *). A red diamond next to a link indicates that it has been added in the last month.

Links to General Adoption Sites

There are several massive sites with information on getting started with adoption (not necessarily international), lists of agencies with links, and lists of support groups and e-mail lists.

Adoption Learning Partners online courses such as Journey of Attachment, Lifetime of Family Conversations, Preparation Guide to International Adoption, Finding the Missing Pieces, Becoming Your Child's Best Advocate, With Eyes Wide Open and Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit. Most of the courses are free, and you can pay to get a certificate of completion.

EMK Press Adoption Publishing Company. You can order books and download parent guides and resources, such as Top Ten Hints for a successful first year parenting and Preparing chldren for racism, A Gift Only Adoptees Can Give (about how important it is for adoptees to have contact with other adoptees), and Toddler Travel. They also have a book list for different ages. Click on the link for their book Adoption Parenting to access the article Why Grandma can't pick up the babythat you can give to relatives. Check out the School Resources for articles that you can give to teachers.

BGCenter Online school offers online courses especially for parents adopting older children; you can get a certificate of completion which might satisfy some agencies requirements for parent education. Adoption Articles Directory offers many articles, mostly written by professionals, covering a variety of topics. Both of these sites are hosted by Boris Gindis, a psychologist specializing in international adopiton issues.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute: non-profit organization whose focus is on public policy, media, legislation, and public education concerning adoption. You can sign up to receive an e-newsletter.

Adoption Clubhouse, a website about adoption for adopted children; famous people, homework help (family tree project, life books, school projects about birth countries), library (books about adoption), adoption talk (answers to common questions, message board, terminology), and a section for parents.

Thinking of Adopting offers telecourses and webinars on pre- and post-adoption issues. They are always adding new ones, so keep checking back.

Heart of the Matter Seminars "Empowering adoptive families through education." Completion of the Because They Waited course may fulfill some adoption agencies' requirement for pre-adoption training.

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Links to International Adoption Sites

Karen's Adoption Links: links to lots of areas concerning adoption; adoption stories, organizations and statistics, listservs, medical, parenting issues, language, multicultural items, funding and benefits, country-specific information, etc.

Rainbow Kids is an online international adoption magazine with articles covering a variety of subjects and countries. Be sure to check their back issues. They have recently launched Voices of Adoption which contains articles from many adoptive parents and adoption experts.

Council On Accreditation is the organization that that is responsible for the accrediting of agencies for the implementation of the Hague Treaty.

JCICS the Joint Council on international children's services. It is an affiliation of licensed, nonprofit international adoption agencies working to protect the rights of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. On the web site you will find their standards of practice, a list of member agencies, legislative and country updates, articles, and links to other websites and organizations.

Research concerning international adoption

  • Association for Research in International Adoption "is a central location that seeks to disseminate the findings of research to the international adoption community. The site also contains links for adoptive parents to learn more about the issues that may impact internationally adopted children."
  • Survey of families who adopted children from Eastern European orphanages; March, 1998.
  • Rainbow House International post adoption survery in September 1997.
  • Language Development in internationally adopted children; by a speech language pathologist and Russian adoptive mom.
  • The State of Knowledge of Foreign Adoptions research projects based in Scandinavia.
  • International Adoption Project at the University of Minnestota; initially done in 2001, they have ongoing studies.
  • Adoption Council of Canada research links
  • Providence College research study focused on older-child and sibling groups.
  • Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute has a searchable research database.
  • Wisconsin International Adoption Project
  • Floating Hospital for Children conducts research projects.
  • Providing a secure base: Parenting children in long-term foster family care, an article published in Attachment & Human Development, volume 7, number 1, in March 2005. "This paper reports on a longitudinal study of children growing up in long-term foster family care. It focuses attention on the challenges for foster carers in providing a secure base for foster children in middle childhood and early adolescence, who have come predominantly from backgrounds of abuse, neglect, and psychosocial adversity. Separation and loss in the children's lives, often through multiple placements, increase the likelihood of difficulties across a range of development. These children tend to be wary, distrustful, and controlling when they enter foster placements, but need from their carers many of the caregiving qualities most commonly described as providing a secure base in infancy. This study describes a model of parenting which uses four caregiving dimensions that are consistent with attachment theory and research: promoting trust in availability, promoting reflective function, promoting self-esteem, and promoting autonomy. A fifth dimension, promoting family membership, is added, as it reflects the need for children in long-term foster family care to experience the security that comes from a sense of identity and belonging. Qualitative data from the study demonstrates the usefulness of this model as a framework for analysis, but also suggests the potential use of such a framework for working with and supporting foster carers." Just replace the term "foster" with "adoptive" and the article is very relevant to raising internationally adopted kids.
  • Study of Language Development in Internatinally Adopted Children from the Department of Psychology, Laboratory for Developmental Studies, at Harvard University. The study was started in 2002 and they are working on publishing the results. They are also conducting a study of continuing language development that continues from where this one left off; contact them if you are interested in participating.

Hosting Programs: Kidsave International is a nonprofit organization that assists agencies in placing older children with host/potential adoptive families during the summer for six weeks. The children attend day camp and learn what life with a family is like. The desired result is that the host family will adopt the child, or at least serve as a resource for someone who wants to. Kidsave pays the travel expenses and for health insurance. There are adoption agencies that run a similar program; be sure to ask for references, as some have not been very successful in completing adoptions.

Because a number of the children adopted from Kazakhstan are asian, and their parents are not, I thought that Families with Children from China might have useful information on being a multicultural family.

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Links for Eastern European Adoption

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA): support group for parents in all stages of adoption. See if there is a local chapter in your area; many of them sponsor meetings. They are also a great resource for home study agencies, physicians, and local laws. They also have a discussion board with the topics archived.

Adopting from Russia is another useful site with information on all stages of adoption from Russia.

Special Needs Resources Links

This can be medical diagnosis, attachment, older child adoption, etc. There are many places to get information. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can be found on the medical page*.

Join one of the many E-mail lists and online support groups *. There is one for just about every family, from general adoption to adopting from Kazakhstan, and for every age of child and parent and special need.

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Sources for adoption funding and financial assistance

School Issues

These involve adoption and/or special needs.

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