Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Resources for Adoption

There are SO many resources available if you are interested in adoption.  I also highly recommend talking with people in your community whether it's a friend, family member or other person you may know, about their adoption experience. Of course, make sure they are open to talking about it and it's always helpful to be familiar with positive adoption terminology.  I just reached out to a friend of mine for more information about international adoptions for this post actually, because they had experience with it and also had other friends who had recommendations too.  I think having supportive family and friends is HUGE in life and of course, adoption, but it's also so great to have friends in the adoption community because they have kind of been there, done that.  You know?

Disclaimer:  All of these listed below are places I am recommending.  I either have used them myself or have friends who have.  There are lots of other adoption agencies and other resources, but these are the ones I am highlighting and have (or friends who have) positive experiences with them.  I have listed some things about most links and got the info from their websites so hopefully it is pretty accurate and updated, but there could be differing availability of countries, etc...  Also, most of these below are Christian because...well, I'm a Christian.  (Big surprise, right? ;)

General info about adoption:

The Adoption Exchange

If you are interested in fostering or adopting a child from foster care:

AdoptUSkids.org - AdoptUSKids is a national project that supports child welfare systems and connects children in foster care with families. 
Heart Gallery of America (Resources for each state on this site!)

If you are interested in Domestic Infant Adoption:

An Open Door Adoption, Inc. - Several domestic infant programs available within Georgia, and the African American program is open to the whole US.  This is the agency we used and we had the best experience with them.  Let me know if you'd like more info about our experience with them.
Small World Adoptions - Based out of TN but US Citizens all across the world can adopt through them.
Lifeline - As far as I can tell they serve the whole US, but they do require a trip to Alabama for a two-day training before the application is completed.

If you are interested in International Adoption:

Small World Adoptions - International Adoptions from:  Bulgaria, China, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Poland, Uganda & Ukraine.
CCAI - International Adoptions from:  China, Haiti, Latvia, Ukraine & Bulgaria
Lifeline - International Adoptions from:  Honduras, India, Peru, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Hong Kong, Haiti, Ethiopia, Congo, Ukraine, Uganda, Taiwan, Serbia, Romania, Poland, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Bulgaria & Brazil.
All God's Children - International Adoptions from:  Bulgaria, Burundi, China, Colombia, Haiti, and the Philippines.
AAC Adoption Network - International Adoptions from:  China and Korea.
WACAP - International Adoptions from:  Bulgaria, China, DR Congo (not sure if this available currently), Haiti, India, Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.
An Open Door Adoption, Inc. - International Adoptions from:  Bulgaria, China, El Salvador, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Serbia and Ukraine.
ShowHope.org -

If you are interested in more about the Homestudy:

BabyCenter-Preparing for Homestudy Helpful general info about what to expect.
AdoptUSKids- Helpful homestudy info.
my posts here and here have a bit of our experience!

If you are interested in Orphan Prevention and Aids Care:

Check out one my sweet friends whose family started Care for Aids.  Check out their website for more information and how to get involved!  From their website:  "Imagine you have lost your job. Your spouse has left you. Your family and friends have disowned you... all because you have contracted a disease for which there is no known cure. In Kenya, stigma cuts people off from society and prevents them from receiving life-saving care. When men and women who are HIV+ die a premature death, their children are left as orphans."

This is the third of five posts about Adoption for this year's National Adoption Month.  Check the others out here, here and the next two weeks (fundraising and a challenge!)!

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