Adoption Resources

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Adoptive Families Magazine is an award-winning national adoption and family formation information source for families before, during, and after adoption.

Adoptive Parents Committee (APC) is a non-profit parent support group comprised of volunteers dedicated to improving all aspects of adoption and interim (foster) care.

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) is a non-profit organization of attorneys who have been selected by invitation as experts in adoption law. The AAAA, through its committees and outreach, works to improve adoption law and regulations. Michele is an elected member of AAAA.

Building Your Family: the Infertility and Adoption Guide is a one-stop resource for adoption, assisted reproductive technology (ART), infertility, egg/embryo/sperm donors, and surrogacy information.

Center for Adoption Policy provides research, analysis and education to practitioners and the public about current legislation and practices governing domestic and international adoption in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) is an adoptive family support center that provides post-adoption services which include education, counseling, family forums, and advocacy.

Center for Adoptive Families (CAF) is the first comprehensive pre- and post-adoption counseling and education center in the Baltimore and Washington area.

Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

Creating a Family is a nonprofit providing education and support for infertility or adoption.

Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a non-profit, pro-choice, licensed agency with a focus on helping people make informed decisions concerning adoption. FIA is committed to open adoption, inclusiveness, and providing lifelong support to all members of the adoption circle.

Foster & Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center (FAPAC) provides training in advocacy skills to help foster, kinship, and adoptive parents become stronger advocates for the children in their homes. It offers individual case advocacy for families and has a systematic advocacy agenda directed at issues especially identified by foster and adoptive parent communities.

Internet Adoption School provides information on independent, agency, and international adoptions. The website has online educational seminars to help you plan a safe, ethical, and loving adoption.

National Foster Parents Association aims to support foster parents, and remains a consistently strong violence on behalf of all children. It serves foster families through a network of affiliates.

National Adoption Center is an organization that promotes adoption from foster care and offers various programs and services to help individuals in their adoption process.

National Council for Adoption provides adoption advocacy and awareness services for adoption professionals, families, birth parents, and agencies.

National Adoption Foundation provides adoptions grants, adoption loans, adoption funding, and other alternatives to help fund adoptions. The Foundation’s programs are available to any family whether adopting a child domestically, abroad or from foster care.

National Adoption Center
Its inspiration comes from the belief that there is no unwanted child, only unfound families. From that it provides the following free adoptive services: Public Awareness and Recruitment, Information and Referral and Publications.

National Council for Adoption provides support to both domestic and foreign efforts that ensure every child lives, grows and thrives in a safe, permanent and loving family.

PACT, An Adoption Alliance is dedicated to providing adoption-related services to children of color, their birth parents and adoptive parents.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States of America.


  • Adopting in America: How to Adopt Within One Year, by Randall Hicks
  • Adopting After Infertility, by Patricia Irwin Johnston
  • You CAN Adopt, by Susan Caughman
  • Adoption: The Essential Guide to Adopting Quickly and Safely, by Randall Hicks
  • Adoption in the United States, by Henry & Pollack
  • Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America,by Adam Pertman
  • Dear Birthmother, by Kathleen Silber
  • I’m on it: What adoptive parents would like you to know about adoption (A Guide for Relatives and Friends), by Elisabeth O’Toole
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Adoption, by Christine Adamec
  • The Family of Adoption, by Joyce Maguire Pavao
  • The Five Love Languages of Children, by Gary D Chapman and Ross Campbell
  • Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child
  • Tell Me a Real Adoption Story, Betty Jean Lipton
  • Truly Yours, Laura Dale
  • Mothering Without a Map: The Search for the Good Mother Within, by Kathryn Black (good for Dads too!)
  • Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, by Sherrie Eldridge
  • Lifegivers: Framing the Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption, by James L. Gritter
  • Making Sense of Adoption, by Lois Melina
  • Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest For Wholeness, by Betty Jean Lifton
  • The Handbook of International Adoption Medicine, by Dr. Laurie C. Miller