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Considering Adoption: The complicated journey has many considerations and rewards.
The reality of adoption is that adoption will take longer, be more expensive and create significant stress in prospective parents' lives--even before the children arrive. The important thing is to be as prepared as possible and feel free to reach out to those who have already done this. The adoption community is very supportive. read more

Step-Parent Adoption: When He Wants to Adopt your Child
Before and after the marriage to a spouse with a child, a man may like to step into the role of parent. In the United States to be eligible to adopt as a step-parent, he must be eighteen years of age or above and presently be married to a consenting biological or adoptive parent. Also, both biological parents must consent or if there is a contestment--the non-consenting parental rights must be terminated. read more

Advocates For Adoption - This Agency is a synthesis of the best features of agency adoption and the best features of private adoption. The private adoption format has made it possible for birth parents and adoptive parents to work together during the pregnancy. These birth parent/adoptive parent relationships often help the birth mothers (parents) feel secure and confident that adoption is in the best interest of their child and often help the adoptive parents feel comfortable with their adoptive child's biological, emotional and social heritage and better prepared to be more engaged, more confident parents.

Holt International - Holt International Children's Services is recognized as the leader in the field of international adoption and permanency planning for children. Holt pioneered the concept of intercountry adoption in the 1950's in response to the needs of orphaned children in Korea. Holt International Children's Services currently has programs in China, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, Romania, Russia, Ecuador, Guatemala and the United States.

Children's Hope International Adoption - CHI is a well-respected international adoption agency, annually placing about 600 children in all 50 states from China, Russia, Vietnam, India, Guatemala, and Colombia. Free adoption manual.

European Adoption Consultants, Inc. - European Adoption Consultants, Inc. is a non-profit, licensed international adoption agency. Our adoption consultants are here to help you with your personal concerns.

World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) - World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP), founded in 1976, is one of the largest and experienced international nonprofit adoption agencies in the United States. When children canít live with their biological families, WACAP helps to place them with adoptive parents. It places children from six countries with families in the United States. Its Family Finders project actively seeks adoptive families for older children or children with special needs. They handle US and international adoptions.

Adoption Network - Free Birthmother Help - The Adoption Network will conquer your fears and guide you through child adoption with comfort, trust, honesty and complete support. Domestic adoption services without red tape.

Independent Adoption Center - Open adoption since 1982, a licensed nonprofit adoption agency. Birthparents may choose adoptive parents for their babies from families who have been pre-screened and pre-approved to adopt.

America's Adoption Agency - This site offers info on one of the largest, licensed, non-profit adoption agencies servicing adoptive families and birth parents nationwide. They are involved in over 300 adoptions annually!

BirthMothers - This site offers opinions and information. Some interesting studies and research into the effects on mothers when mothers and babies are separated at or soon after birth are provided.

Foster Parenting - This site basic information on becoming a foster parent in the United States.

American Foster Care Resources, Inc. - American Foster Care Resources, Inc., founded in 1983, is a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation dedicated to the research, development and production of informational and educational resources for and about family foster care.

ChildTrends Foster Care Research - Children are placed in foster care because a child protective services worker and/or a court have determined that it is not safe for the child to remain at home due to a risk of maltreatment, including neglect and physical or sexual abuse. The number of American children in foster care rose steadily through most of the 1990s, peaking in 1999 at 570,000, and declined since then to 523,000 in 2003.

OLR Foster Care Research - Trend data on the number of children in foster care and the number of foster parents and what responsibilities the Department of Children and Families has to foster parents(CT).

NJ Foster Care - Foster care is considered temporary and short term. A foster child may stay only a few days or several months, depending on the child's family situation. This is a NJ based organization.

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