One of the most important things you can do when considering foster care or adoption is to educate yourself and your family. Listed below are some excellent resources for you to consider looking into.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 703-385-7565 or 1-800-394-3366
Child Welfare Information Gateway offers information on all aspects of adoption for professionals, policy makers and the general public. The Clearinghouse develops and maintains a computerized database of books, journal articles, and other materials on adoption and related topics, conducts database searches, publishes materials on adoption and gives referrals to related services and experts in the field. They also maintain a database of experts knowledgeable in various areas of adoption practice.
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
Founded by adoptive parents, the NACAC is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children in the foster care system and the families who adopt them.
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
525 Broadway 6th Floor
New York, NY 10012
The Adoption Institute seeks to improve the quality of information about adoption, to enhance the understanding and perceptions about adoption and to advance adoption policy and practice.
National Adoption Center (NAC)
1500 Walnut Street Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-735-9988 or 1-800-TO-ADOPT
The National Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children throughout the United States, particularly children with special needs and from minority cultures. Through the Learning Center, adoptive parents and prospective adopters can take an on-line parenting course to expand and enrich their understanding of adoption. The course focuses on parenting skills, especially those needed to raise children with special needs.
CASE: The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc
11120 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 205
Silver Spring, MD 20904
E-Mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
CASE provides post-adoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff and mental health providers in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. CASE also provides national training and consultation which integrates theory, strategies and innovative models. Resources include W.I.S.E. UP Powerbook to assist children to stand up against adoption bias.
Insight: Open Adoption Resources and Support
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Expectant parent/Birthparent Resource line: 877-879-0669
Insight is dedicated to educating the public, professionals and triad-members about open adoption. Services include a Web Site with comprehensive information, resource support and professional training. Insight offers in-service programs to hospital personnel, adoption professionals and crisis pregnancy centers. A speakers bureau is available for conferences and seminars. Insight sponsors the Lifegiver's Festival, a conference for birthparents in open adoptions, and Shared Connections, a conference for birthmothers and adoptive mothers.
Hope For Orphans Institute
The Hope Center
Sept. 16-17, 2011
A conference on special needs and at-risk adoptions, adoption disruption and pre/post adoption support for families and children.
Adopting After Infertility, by Patricia Irwin Johnston (Perspectives Press, 1992)
Adoption Nation, by Adam Pertman (Basic Books, 2000)
Ethics in American Adoption, by L. Anne Babb (Bergin and Garvey, 1999)
Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption, by E. Wayne Carp (Harvard University Press, 2000)
Inside Transracial Adoption, by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall (Perspectives Press, 2000)
Making Sense of Adoption, by Lois Ruskai Melina (New York: Harper and Row, 1989)
Raising Adopted Children, by Lois Ruskai Melina (Harper and Row, 1986)
The Adoption Reader; Birthmothers, Adoptive Mothers and Adopted Daughters Tell their Stories, by Susan Wadia-Ellis (Seal Press, 1995)
The Adoption Life Cycle: The Children and Their Families Through The Years, by Elinor B. Rosenberg (The Free Press, 1992)
Sacred Connections, by Mary Ann Koening and Niki Berg (Running Press, 2000)
Adoption Without Fear, By James Gritter (Corona Publishing Co. 1989)
Children of Open Adoption, by Kathleen Silber and Patricia Martinez Dorner (Corona Publishing Co. 1989)
Dear Birthmother, by Kathleen Silber and Phylis Speedlin (Corona Publishing Co. 1991)
How To Open An Adoption, by Patricia Martinez Dorner (available through R-Square Press, 1997)
Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family Connections, by Harold D. Grotevant and
Ruth G. Mc Roy. (Sage Publications, 1998)
The Open Adoption Experience, by Lois Melina and Sharon Kaplan-Roszia (Harper Perennial, 1993)
The Spirit of Open Adoption, by James Gritter (Child Welfare League of America, 1997)
The A Letter to Adoptive Parents of Open Adoption, by Randolph W. Severson (Heart Words Press, 1993)
Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, by David M. Brodzinsky, Ph.D., Marshall D. Schechter, M.D., and Robin Marantz Henig (New York: Doubleday, 1992)
How It Feels To Be Adopted: by Jill Krementz (Random House, 1988)
Real Parents, Real Children, by Holly Van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb (Crossroad, 1995)
Talking With Young Children About Adoption, by Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher (Yale University Press, 1993)
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wished Their Adoptive Parents Knew, by Sherrie Eldridge (Dell, 1999)
Understanding the Birth Parent Experience:
Birthmothers, Women Who Have Relinquished Babies for Adoption Tell Their Stories, by Merry Block Jones (Chicago Review Press, 1993)
Dear Birthfather, Randolph Severson, (Hearts Word Press, 1997)
Birthparent Grief, by Brenda Romanchik (R-Squared Press, 1999 Available from Insight, see organizations)
Out Of the Shadows: Birthfathers' Stories, by Mary Martin Mason (O.J. Howard)
The Other Mother; A Woman's Love for the Child She Gave up for Adoption, by Carol Shaefer (Soho Press, 1991)
Your Rights and Responsibilities, by Brenda Romanchik. (Available from Insight: Open Adoption Resources and Support; see organizations)
Lifegivers: Framing the Birtparent Experience in Open Adoption, by James Gritter (CWLA Press, Washington, DC)
Grief and Loss:
Helping Children Cope With Separation and Loss, by Claudia Jewett (Jarratt Harvard Common Press, 1982)
Saying Good-bye to a Baby: Volume I: The Birthparent's Guide to Loss and Grief in Adoption, by Patricia Roles (Child Welfare League of America, 1989)
The Courage to Grieve: Creative Living, Recovery, and Growth Through Grief, by Judy Tatelbaum (Harper and Row, 1984)
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen (Penguin Books, 1999)
Getting Together: Building Relationships as We Negotiate, by Roger Fisher, Scott Brown (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
That's Not What I Meant, by Debra Tannen, Ph.D. (Ballantine Books, 1992)
When I Say No, I Feel Guilty, by Manuel J. Smith, Ph.D. (Bantam Books, 1985)
Adoptive Families Magazine
Editorial and Advertising Offices
39 West 37th Street, 15th Floor • New York, NY 10018
Telephone: 646-366-0830 • Fax: 646-366-0842
Subscription Customer Service: 800-372-3300
FAIR: Families Adopting in Response
Families Adopting In Response
Warm Line (650) 856-3513
FAIR, PO Box 51436, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Available from FAIR: Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers
Everything you and your child’s teacher need to anticipate problematic assignments,
communicate effectively, and support your child in school.
Family Voices: Adoption Support and Preservation Newsletter
MN ASAP FAMILY Voices* is published quarterly by MN ASAP, a collaboration of the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN) and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC). If you have a story idea or would like to suggest a topic for the newsletter, contact: Mary Martin Mason at 612-798-4033 or 877-966-2727. All MN ASAP FAMILY Voices newsletters
are viewable with the Adobe Acrobat Reader® by Adobe.
Insight: Open Adoption Resources and Support
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Email: brenr@openadoption insight.org
Publishes guidebooks for birth parents: Birth Parent Grief; Your Rights and Responsibilities, for expectant parents exploring adoption; Being a Birthparent, Finding our Place.
Open Adoption: The Experts Speak Out,
Video produced by Carol Land and Sharon Roszia
1504 Brookhollow, Suite 118
Santa Ana, Ca., 92705
PACT: An Adoption Alliance
3220 Blume Dr.,Suite 289
Richmond, CA 94086
PO Box 90318,
Indianapolis, IN 46290-0318 USA
Phone (317) 872-3055
Publishes award-winning books on infertility, adoption, and reproductive health and child welfare issues. Provides articles, and workshops for consumers and for medical, mental health, counseling and allied professionals on infertility, alternative family building, and adoption.
Resolve National Newsletter
Headquarters: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1350 Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone 301-652-8585 | Fax 301-652-9375
Resolve offers information, support and advocacy for those dealing with infertility, adoption and alternative means of family building.
PO Box 651
Ringoes, NJ 08551
877-266-5406 (10:00am to 5:30pm EST, Mon-Sat)
Tapestry Books specializes in adoption, infertility and parenting books. Current catalog has over 200 books with brief descriptions of each.
In addition to support groups offered through Buckner, the support group meetings below may be an excellent source of community for your family.
DFW Triad Support Group
Meetings held 2nd Saturday, monthly
(EXCEPT----NO MEETING IN NOVEMBER)
1:00-P.M. -3:00 P.M.
1311 N. Washington Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Facilitated by, Carol L. Demuth, MSW, LCSW
AKA (Adoption Knowledge Affiliates)
PO Box 4082
Austin, TX 78765
Monthly Educational Meetings
& Discussion Groups for all Triad members
DePelchin Children's Center
4950 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007
Phone: (713) 730-2335
Toll-Free: (888) 730-2335
Monthly Meetings—1st Tuesday
(EXCEPT----NO MEETING IN NOVEMBER)
Starts @ 6:30 PM --$5.00 Donation