Adoption and Foster Care Resources

 Adopting Through Foster Care: Lessons & Reflections From our Journey Through the Maze by William Gregory
Adopting a child through foster care is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. But as we went through our own journey we found we had no guide that gave us any insight into the actual adoption process from people who had already gone through it—what we might expect, what might be next, questions we should ask, pitfalls to watch out for, and especially when we’d see light at the end of the tunnel. So that’s what I’ve attempted to do here—and hopefully make your experience a bit easier and smoother than ours. Along the way I’ll share our experiences as well—all the mistakes we made (so that hopefully you won’t!), our ups and downs, and lessons we learned on the way to becoming parents that will give you the confidence to take the leap and head into the maze.

 www.adopt.org
This is the site for the National Adoption Center. This easy-to-navigate site has information about the process of adoption, a learning center with on line adoption tutorials, and a photo listing of children who are waiting.

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www.adoptivefamilies.com
A great website from a wonderful adoption magazine, Adoptive Families.

www.afteradoption.org
This site is the most comprehensive resource for adoption related information we have found. AFTER is an acronym for Adoptive Family Therapeutic and Educational Resources. Most of the resources are provided as links to other sites, but this is the place to start and come back to over and over.

www.nacac.org
The North American Council on Adoptable Children offers parent support and education, research and advocacy services.

www.adoptioninstitute.org
The Evan B. Donaldson Institute is devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. This is a great site for policy research.

www.california-adoption.org
This site for the California Association of Adoption Agencies lists all adoption agencies in CA, and has a lot of good links.

www.childsworld.ca.gov
This is the site for the California State Department of Children’s Social Services. It has a page for the ombudsman’s office, and has a lot of information about foster parenting.

http://www.pactadopt.org/
Pact’s goal is to create and maintain the internet’s most comprehensive site addressing issues for adopted children of color, offering informative articles on related topics as well as profiles of triad members and their families, links to other internet resources, and a book reference guide with a searchable database.

http://www.beyondconsequences.com
Excellent parenting advice.

http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/customized/FosterParents.asp
Youth in foster care, or with a history of foster care placement, are at greater risk of suicidal behavior. A new resource from the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides guidance for foster parents on recognizing and responding to warning signs, getting professional help, enhancing mental health, and more.

http://www.adoptionlearningpartners.org/
Adoption Learning Partners offers courses to help families pursuing foster care adoption that cater to their future child’s unique needs.

Post Adoption Resources

Adoption Photo Listings

An adoption photo listing is a searchable database that contains photographs and descriptive information about children who are waiting in the foster care system.

www.cakidsconnection.com
This is the site on which you can search for California’s waiting children. Easy to navigate and informative, you can enter search criteria to find the child who is waiting for you.

www.adoptuskids.org
This is the national listing of children who are waiting. It gives you the ability to keep track of your search process by making your own page on the site. Very cool!

www.california-adoption.org
California Association of Adoption Agencies.

www.cwla.org
The Child Welfare League is the oldest and largest non-profit organization developing and promoting policies and programs to strengthen children and families. The site also has an adoption shop with all sorts of adoption books and trinkets (also known as "giftables").

www.colage.org
COLAGE (or Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) is the only national and international organization specifically dedicated to supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered parents.

www.pflag.org
The site for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. This is mostly an advocacy site but offers some very good links to LGBT parenting sites.

www.ourfamily.org
Our Family Coalition promotes the civil rights and well-being of families with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered members. Their site offers many news and legislative updates and legal resources. Also lists events for LGBT families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

www.aclu.org
Go to the site for the American Civil Liberties Union, and click on the Lesbian and Gay Rights link in the sidebar. You will find news, legislative information, action alerts, and advocacy options.


Foster Care Resources

http://socialsecurity.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-disabled-youth.htm
Disabled or blind youth receiving Title IV-E federal foster care benefits usually cannot become eligible for supplemental security income (SSI) until foster care payments have stopped. Eligibility for foster care payments in most States ends at age 18 attainment. SSA may accept an SSI application from a youth up to 90 days before his or her foster care eligibility will end due to age.

www.advokids.org: A Legal Resource for California Foster Childres and Their Advocates
Advokids is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the rights andmeeting the needs of children who are in the California foster care system due to abuse or neglect at home.

www.capsonoma.org
Clases en espanol, Padres Unidos or call Community Action Partnership at 544-6911.

www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/family/juv/
California Courts Self-Help Center.

http://www.csfpaonline.org 
CA State Foster Parents Association.

www.nfpainc.org 
The National Foster Parent Association’s provides training and education, nationally focused legislative advocacy, and opportunities for networking.

www.childsworld.ca.gov 
State of California - Department of Children’s Social Services.

www.fosterparentcollege.com 
Foster Parent College On-line courses on different behavior problems for which you can receive training hours for online training for foster, adoptive, kinship, and birth parents.

www.cwla.org 
Child Welfare League of America.

www.afcr.com 
American Foster Care Resources.

www.fosterparents.com 
Foster Parent Community.

www.fosterparenttraining.com 
Foster and Adoptive Parent Training Online.

www.childaction.org 
Child Action, Inc.

http://www.beyondconsequences.com
Excellent parenting advice.

http://www.fosteringadulthood.org
Milestone House website for former foster youth.The site contains an extensive resources section and a forum where foster alums can share thoughts, ideas and just support each other.

http://www.fosterclub.com/famous
Read about famous people who were foster kids.

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