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Recommended Websites

 

  • Adoptive Families Magazine: http://www.adoptivefamilies.com
  • Alliance for Children and Families: http://alliance1.org/
    • National Alliance for Children and Families website provides news, resources and data on children in the US.
  • The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys: http://www.adoptionattorneys.org
    • A national association of approximately 330 attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law.
  • American Adoption Congress: www.americanadoptioncongress.org
    • An “international network of adoption triad members and organizations committed to adoption reform that protects all those involved from abuse and exploitation.”
  • The Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children: http://attach.org
  • Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE): http://www.adoptionsupport.org
    • An online adoptive family support resource.
  • The Child Trauma Academy: http://www.childtrauma.org
    • A nonprofit organization based in Houston, Texas is a unique collaborative of individuals and organizations working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education.  (Dr. Bruce Perry, et al)
  • Child Trends: http://www.childtrends.org/
    • Variety of research and data surrounding child welfare, education, parenting and more.
  • The Child Welfare Information Gateway: www.childwelfare.gov
    • A government agency that provides access to information and resources to protect children and strengthen families.  It was formerly known as National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC).
  • Child Welfare League of America: www.cwla.org
    • The CWLA provides educational events and has developed practice standards for all areas of child welfare.  It lobbies and advocates for children and families on a wide range of issues.
  • Children’s Defense Fund – California: http://www.cdfca.org/
    • Nonprofit advocacy organization focused on issues of poverty, abuse and neglect, as well as access to healthcare and quality education.
  • Children’s Mental Health Network: http://www.cmhnetwork.org/
    • News and analysis of key issues surrounding children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being.
  • Children’s Research Triangle: http://www.childstudy.org
    • An organization committed to providing research driven services that improve the quality of life for all children with special needs or those who are at risk for developmental, behavioral, psycho-logical or educational problems. (Ira Chasnoff, MD)
  • The Circle of Security: http://www.circleofsecurity.org
    • The Circle of Security (COS) is a therapeutic process designed to create or repair the bond between mother and child.
  • Chronicle of Social Change: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/
    • News about strategies and policies for serving youth, insider coverage on child welfare and juvenile justice services and more.
  • Concerned United Birthparents: www.cubirthparents.org
    • Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) is an organization focused on adoption issues for birth-parents, adoptees, adoptive parents and professionals.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): http://www.nationalcasa.org
  • Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D: http://www.danielhughes.org
    • Daniel Hughes is a trauma/attachment therapist who trains professionals and parents to work with these special children, using Didactic Developmental Therapy.
  • Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.: http://www.drdansiegel.com
    • A pediatrician and psychiatrist, Dr. Siegel’s work focuses on family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavioral regulation, autobiographical memory and narrative processes.
  • Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: http://www.davethomasfoundation.org
    • Finding forever families for children in foster care.
  • Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/
    • Collaborative site bringing together educators and thought leaders around children’s education.
  • The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute: www.adoptioninstitute.org
    • An organization that provides information about research, policy and practice updates, professional education, and other adoption related information.
  • Family Care Network, Inc.: http://www.fcni.org/
    • Established in 1987 for the purpose of creating family-based treatment programs as an alternative to group home or institutional care for children and youth, the agency, accredited by the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, operates multiple programs designed to strengthen and preserve families and individuals.
  • Foster Focus Magazine: http://www.fosterfocusmag.com/index.html
    • Monthly magazine source for foster care news and information. Many articles online.
  • Fostering Families Today Magazine: http://www.fosteringfamiliestoday.com
    • A resource for foster and adoptive families.
  • Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org
    • Advocating for LGBT rights, an All Children-All Families umbrella agency.
  • Hunter College School of Social Work: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork
    • National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning. Good information on concurrent permanency planning.
  • Insight – Open Adoption: http://www.openadoptioninsight.org
    • Resources and support for open adoption.
  • International Soundex Reunion Registry: http://www.plumsite.com/isrr/ 
    • International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) a free mutual consent reunion registry that serves individuals separated from birth family through adoption, divorce, foster care, institutional care, abandonment, etc.
  • Kids data: http://www.kidsdata.org/
    • Raw data about children’s demographics in the US.
  • National Adoption Center: www.adopt.org
    • A non-profit that administers several adoption programs to help families find children waiting for adoption, and provide education, resources, research and information on legal benefits.
  • National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption: www.nrcadoption.org
    • This organization provides information and resources to assist special needs adoption programs.
  • National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network: http://www.nctsn.org
  • National Foster Parent Association: http://www.nfpainc.org
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children: www.nacac.org
    • North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) is the oldest and largest parent-led organization meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt children with special needs.
  • Resolve: http://www.resolve.org
    • A support network and resources for individuals and couples experiencing infertility.
  • Sesame Street Toolkits: http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits
    • Great toolkits for parents from helping them brush their teeth to dealing with divorce.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/
    • Providing information about mental health and substance abuse as well as public awareness and data & outcomes.
  • Tapestry Books: http://www.tapestrybooks.com
    • Excellent resource for books and DVDs about adoption, permanency, foster care.
  • Trauma Center: http://www.traumacenter.org/
    • A wonderful site for trauma research and treatment resources maintained by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk and his colleagues in Massachusetts.
  • US Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb
    • The Administration for Children and Families department within HHS.
  • Voice for Adoption: http://www.voice-for-adoption.org
    • VFA is a national organization that develops and advocates for improved adoption policies at the national level.