Young Adults: Additional Resources
This article has been taken directly from Child Welfare Information Gateway.
American Adoption Congress. This nonprofit membership organization provides education, advocacy, and support for families touched by adoption. http://www.americanadoptioncongress.org/
Adoptees’ Liberty Movement Association (ALMA). This nonprofit membership organization provides education, advocacy, and support for families touched by adoption. http://www.americanadoptioncongress.org/
Child Welfare Information Gateway. This service of the Children’s Bureau provides information and publications about a wide range of adoption topics. It also provides adoption statutes for each State.
- For Adopted People (web section) (https://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/adopt_people/)
- Searching for Birth Relatives (https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_search.cfm)
- Searching for Birth Relatives (list of organizations) (https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?svcID=132&rate_chno=AR-0031A)
- Openness in Adoption: Building Relationships Between Adoptive and Birth Families (https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_openadopt.cfm)
- Working With Birth and Adoptive Families to Support Open Adoption (https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_openadoptbulletin.cfm)
- Laws Related to Adoption (https://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/laws/)
- Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents (https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_impact/index.cfm)
- National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search (https://www.childwelfare.gov/nfcad/)
Donaldson Adoption Institute. The Adoption Institute provides information about a wide array of adoption issues. http://www.adoptioninstitute.org
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