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Resource Links

The following links are courtesy of Tamara Jaron and

The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.

Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, this site offers accurate and unbiased in-depth information for parents, adoptees, and adoption professionals. Whether you're looking to adopt, searching for your birth mother, or curious about recent studies on the consequences of adoption, the NAIC is the best place to start your search. Highlights include a searchable database of adoption agencies, national organizations, and support groups. Users can also access over 4,500 articles pertaining to adoption issues and state-by-state summaries of adoption laws.

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

The website of this non-profit organization provides a current and fairly comprehensive record of government policy. Because of its focus, it's not the best site for people who are just getting started in the adoption process. It is, however, a great place to become familiar with the latest in adoption research and practice. The bottom line: Great for education, but not for action.

The National Adoption Center

If you're searching for an older child or a child with special needs, visit "Faces of Adoption," the home of the largest list of waiting children. The National Adoption Center strives to place children who are currently living in foster care. You can browse an extensive database of photographs, or search by age, race, and sex. Accompanying each photo is a short description of the child's history and any physical or mental disabilities. The "Adoption Quest" section features a number of helpful articles about how to adopt, advice for parents of adopted children, and coverage of transracial adoption.

The Adoption Guide

This site, though tricky to navigate, addresses an issue on everyone's mind in the wake of the recent case of the Internet adoption twins: adoption fraud. Here you'll find information on adoption laws in the U.S. and a link to the U.S. State Department's site on international adoption. You'll also learn how to report instances of fraud or wrongful adoption. A special tool allows you to search for complaints filed against specific agencies or adoption professionals.

Adopt: Assistance Information Support

Have a question about legal issues, single-parent adoption, or the search for a birthparent? This site helps you get your answer from a professional. An extensive system of message boards and chats allows you to post your questions both to other adopting parents and to people familiar with adoption practices. Experts include lawyers, authors, pediatricians, and consultants, and the live chat rooms are open around the clock. While you're here, check out the lists of waiting children and waiting parents.