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Bay Area, California

A Better Way: http://www.abetterwayinc.net/

Our mission is to empower children and families to develop the insights, life skills, and permanent relationships that promote their social, emotional, educational and economic well-being.

Alternative Family Services: http://afs4kids.org

The AFS mission is to foster nurturing family environments within communities for children in need. AFS is committed to:

  • Supporting families at risk
  • Creating permanency options for all foster children
  • Providing mental health and other supports to children, youth and their families
  • Preparing foster youth for adult independent living
  • Responding to needs in the community as they arise

Aspiranet: http://www.aspiranet.org/

For more than 35 years, Aspiranet has been dedicated to creating permanent, lifelong connections for children and families located in California. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) community-based organization headquartered in South San Francisco, we offer a statewide network of innovative and multi-faceted services that enhance the lives of over 10,000 families each year, including adoption and post-adoption support.  

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund: http://www.dredf.org/about/

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.  

Family Builders: http://familybuilders.org/

Family Builders believes that every child has the right to grow up in a permanent, nurturing family regardless of that child’s age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or medical, physical or emotional condition. Family Builders educates the community about the needs of waiting children, advocates on their behalf, and places children with permanent, secure families through adoption, and other forms of permanence. Family Builders’ goal is that no child will leave the foster care system without a permanent, loving and caring parent.  

Pact, an Adoption Alliance: http://www.pactadopt.org/

Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color. In every case, the child is always our primary client. In order to best serve children's needs, we provide adoptive placement, lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their families on issues of adoption and race. Our goal is for every child to feel wanted honored and loved, a cherished member of a strong family with proud connections to the rich cultural heritage that is his or her birthright. We advocate for honesty and authenticity in matters of race and adoption. We strongly believe that adopted children's and adults' connections to birth family and birth heritage should be respected and maintained. We also strive to identify and counteract "adoptism," an unfortunately common social prejudice that challenges the legitimacy of the choice to place a child for adoption or to build a family by adoption. Finally, as an organization committed to children of color, we feel it is essential to educate others and ourselves about the pervasive power of race and racism as they affect our children, our families, our society and ourselves.  

Seneca Center: http://www,senecacenter.org

Seneca Center sustains children and families through the most difficult times of their lives. In many cases, we are the last hope for young people who have come to see failure and discouragement as a way of life. Here at Seneca, we offer each child a simple but profound promise: You will be supported every step of the way, no matter what challenges you face. By supporting each child and family in identifying and building upon their resources and strengths, we enable them to approach the future with renewed optimism and a stronger sense of the possibilities for creating a new and different story for their lives.

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities: http://www.supportforfamilies.org/

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (SFCD) is a parent-run San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1982. We support families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need as they face challenges. The purpose of Support for Families is to ensure that families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need have the knowledge and support to make informed choices that enhance their children's development and well being. Through fostering partnership among families, professionals and the community our children can flourish.  Most of our staff members, volunteers, and board members are, themselves, family members of children with disabilities.    

Chicago, Illinois  

Ada S. McKinley Community Services: http://www.adasmckinley.org/

Guided by our founder’s legacy, Ada S. McKinley is driven by our mission to serve the most vulnerable individuals and communities in the Chicago area. We believe that all individuals, regardless of disabilities or other limiting conditions, deserve the opportunity to live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. Since our founding in 1919, we have worked to bring real, lasting, and positive change to the lives of thousands of individuals through vital social services. Each year, Ada S. McKinley touches the lives of more than 12,000 people, helping them build pathways to success and live their lives with dignity and respect.  

Adoption Learning Partners: http://adoptionlearningpartners.org

The vision of Adoption Learning Partners is to make a positive measurable impact on adoption outcomes. We offer meaningful, timely, web-based educational adoption resources for professionals, parents, adopted individuals, and the families that love them.  

Adoptions Unlimited: http://www.adoptinfo-il.org/adoptionsunlimited/

Adoptions Unlimited, Inc. (AUI) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our goal is to find and support adoptive families for children who need permanent homes. We believe "Every Child Deserves a Loving Family."  

Cook County Post-Adoption Resources Directory: http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/post_adoption/  

Illinois Adoption Advisory Council: http://www.state.il.us/DCFS/library/com_communications_stateadptadv.shtml

The Illinois Adoption Advisory Council (IAAC) has been functioning since 11/30/2000. The Council’s mission is to advise the Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or his designee(s) on all matters involving or affecting the provision of adoption and guardianship services. The Council is also interested in working to preserve and expand funding for post-adoption and adoption preservation services, and enhancing the child welfare system’s ability to find permanent homes for teens and other children for whom permanency has not been arranged.  

Illinois Foster and Adoptive Parent Association: http://springfieldmoms.org/illinois-foster-and-adoptive-parent-association/

IFAPA was organized to provide support and education to foster and adoptive parents. By advocating for positive change in the child welfare system, both foster/adoptive parents and their children benefit. By listening to concerns of foster/adoptive parents throughout the state, area of needed reform can be targeted and addressed. By working with established child welfare organizations, IFAPA combines efforts to become one of the most innovative and responsive states in this field. Membership in the IFAPA is open to everyone and would fall into one of the following categories.  

Matthews and Associates: http://www.matthewsandassociates.net/p/addpage.php?id=7

The Adoption and Subsidized Guardianship Preservation Program provides community-based counseling and support group services to families who need assistance in understanding and resolving the special dynamics of the adoptive family. This program is available to any family with a child under 18 years of age who became a family member through adoption or subsidized guardianship.

Colorado
 

The Adoption Exchange: http://www.adoptex.org 

The Adoption Exchange believes every child deserves a family . . . therefore, we are the connection between children who wait in foster care and families who adopt. We provide expertise and support before, during and after the adoption process. Among the services offered are education and training, photo listings, post-adoption services, resource directories, and links. The Exchange also has locations in Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming  

Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families: http://www.cocaf.org

The Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families, COCAF, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 1999 by a group of families who desired to increase the amount of information and resources available to Colorado’s pre- and post-adoptive and kinship families. Our primary goals are to provide information to and advocate for families at all phases of the foster-adopt/adoption/kinship process. If you are not able to find the information you are seeking on our site, please feel free to Contact Us – we will try to guide you to the community resources that will best meet your needs.    

District of Columbia  

Adoptions Together: http://www.adoptionstogether.org

Adoptions Together builds healthy lifelong family connections for every child and advocates for continuous improvement of systems that promote the well being of children. Adoptions Together provides home study and adoption services, education and training, counseling, post-adoption services, support groups, and parent advocates.

Center for Adoption Support and Education: http://www.adoptionsupport.org

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) strengthens the well being of foster and adoptive families, promotes adoption awareness, enhances adoption sensitivity, and develops the skills for professionals and families to empower children to thrive. C.A.S.E. accomplishes this mission through: Counseling, Training and Education, Community Building, Youth Development and Therapeutic Recreation, and Publications.  

Center for the Study of Social Policy: http://www.cssp.org

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) works to secure equal opportunities and better futures for all children and families, especially those most often left behind.  Underlying all of the work is a vision of child, family and community well being. It’s a unifying framework for the many policy, systems reform and community change activities in which CSSP engages. To achieve these results, CSSP improves public policies, systems and communities by building protective factors, reducing risk factors and creating opportunities that contribute to well-being and economic success.  

Child and Family Services Agency: http://cfsa.dc.gov/

The DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is the public child welfare agency in the District of Columbia responsible for protecting child victims and those at risk of abuse and neglect and assisting their families. Along with our community partners, CFSA works to ensure that children involved in the public child welfare system grow up in safe, permanent homes with strong families.  

Consortium for Child Welfare: http://www.consortiumforchildwelfare.org

The Consortium for Child Welfare (CCW) is a coalition of human service agencies established in 1980 to improve child welfare services. Our mission is to advocate for vulnerable children, youth and families in the District of Columbia by uniting private human service providers to ensure a responsive and accountable system of care. This results in safety, family permanence, well-being and positive youth development. CCW and its members fulfill the mission by protecting children and supporting families through communication and collaboration; promoting innovation; developing resources; and advocating for the highest practice standards.  

Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center: http://dcfapac.org/

The Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center (FAPAC) works to heal children by empowering families. To accomplish this goal, we:

  • Provide comprehensive support to assist families who are struggling to navigate the system to get services for children in their homes.
  • Host intensive trainings to enable foster parents to build their capacity to parent children who have experienced neglect and abuse.
  • Develop advocacy skills of families so that they can better advocate for the needs of the children in their homes, and can help other families to do the same.
  • Coordinate and organize the foster, kinship, and adoptive parent community to participate in policy review, meetings, and projects alongside of the professionals who serve our children so that they can participate at tables of systemic reform.
  • Build partnership and collaboration between foster parents and social workers, and foster parents and birth parents, and among agencies, so that children are better served.  

Kayla’s Village: http://www.kaylasvillage.org/


The mission of Kayla’s Village is to promote the support and retention of parents and social service professionals.  Our goal is to effectively and efficiently train and appreciate those connected to our organization through strength- and performance-based interactions, which allow us ultimately to benefit the children we are passionate about and love. At Kayla's Village, we make every attempt to invest in better information gathering, information sharing, and support for parents and social service professionals which will lead to greater recruitment and retention of larger numbers of these individuals.   

Kidsave: http://www.kidsave.org/

Our mission is to create change so forgotten orphanage and foster kids grow up in families and connected to caring adults. Kidsave is a global voice for change. We encourage government agencies responsible for children without parental care to take on programs that will increase the number of children growing up in families. Older children are alone and often forgotten. They are also the focus of our advocacy work.  

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: http://www.mwcog.org/

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. COG’s membership is comprised of 300 elected officials from 22 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S. Congress.

Eau Claire County, Wisconsin  

Adoption Resources of Wisconsin: http://wiadopt.org/

We are an organization that receives funding from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to provide information about adoption to: prospective adoptive parents, social workers, and the general public.  We provide:

  • Adoption information and referrals to adoptive parents and child welfare professionals
  • A confidential and toll-free telephone line in Wisconsin
  • Recruitment efforts for children waiting in foster care for permanency
  • Post-adoption support, referrals and information for adoptive families
  • Training opportunities and events for parents  

Post-Adoption Resource Center at Catholic Charities: http://parc.cclse.org

Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center provides support, education, and referral services to birth parents, adult adoptees, and adoptive families in Northern and Western Wisconsin.  We are funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.  

Lutheran Social Services: http://www.lsswis.org/

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) offers a variety of services throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. With the help of over 1,400 employees, LSS provides services across a person’s lifespan, addressing a variety of conditions. Services are available for children and families, adults, older adults and persons with disabilities. Services are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation or background. 

    

Florida  

Brevard Family Partnership: http://www.cbcbrevard.org

Brevard Family Partnership’s mission is to protect children, strengthen families and change lives through the prevention of child abuse and the operation and management of a comprehensive, integrated, community-based system of care for abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families.  

CBC of Central Florida: http://www.cbcseminole.org

CBC of Central Florida is a non-profit agency charged with developing community-based services and supports for children and families served by the child welfare system in Central Florida. A core value is the belief that all children have the inalienable right to grow up safe, healthy and fulfilled in families that love and nurture them.  

ChildNet: http://www.childnet.us

ChildNet has been chosen by the Florida Department of Children & Families to serve as the Community Based Care (CBC) lead agency in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties. As such, it is the single private non-profit entity responsible for managing the local system of services and supports for the communities' most vulnerable children. ChildNet's mission is to protect abused, abandoned and neglected children in the communities we serve. Our system of care was developed with extensive input from local stakeholders and its effective implementation depends upon their continued support.   

Florida’s Children First: http://www.floridaschildrenfirst.org/

Florida’s Children First (FCF) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children, especially those in foster care. Uniquely positioned as Florida’s premiere independent advocacy organization, our mission is to obtain meaningful and sustainable improvement in Florida’s child serving systems. Much of our current work relates to children in the child welfare system. FCF works to raise public awareness of children’s issues, and build partnerships and coalitions to create a constituency for the children of Florida.  

Florida Youth SHINE: http://www.floridaschildrenfirst.org/?page_id=525

Florida Youth SHINE (FYS) is a statewide youth driven, peer led organization that empowers current and former foster youth to become advocates for all youth in care. FYS was founded in 2005 by Florida’s Children First with the help of many key stakeholders within the child welfare community. Since then FYS has quickly become Florida’s leading youth advocacy organization comprised of current and former foster youth who participate in public policy advocacy to improve child protection and foster care services on both a state and local level. Growth of FYS chapters and membership statewide is off the charts currently 11 chapters and growing! 

One Hope United: http://onehopeunited.org/

The One Hope United Florida region offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention, and community-based services including adoption, foster care, foster parent training and licensing, family preservation and in-home services as well as community mental health. Through our community outreach, we provide case management services to more than 2900 children and families each year. Our mission of protecting children and strengthening families continues.  

Our Kids: http://www.ourkids.us/

The mission of our kids is to oversee and lead a coordinated system of care delivering excellence to abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Sylvia Thomas Center: http://www.sylviathomascenter.org

The Sylvia Thomas Center provides post-adoption services in the following three areas:

  • Training Institute
  • Post-Adoption Family Support Program which provides case management services
  • Support Groups    

Kansas City, Missouri  

Dietchman, Leavell and Associates: http://www.dietchmanleavell.com/

Dietchman, Leavell and Associates provides psychological and counseling services to children, adults and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  

Gillis: http://www.gillis.org/

Our mission is to help at-risk children and families reach their potential through education, counseling, and social services. Gillis offers:

  • Campus-Based Treatment
  • Community-Based Intensive Family Counseling
  • Community-Based Social Services
  • School-Based Day Treatment  

Kansas City Local Investment Commission: http://www.kclinc.org/

The Local Investment Commission (LINC) is a citizen-driven community collaborative involving efforts by the state of Missouri to work with neighborhood leaders, citizens, business, civic and labor leaders to improve the lives of children and families in the Kansas City region.  

Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association: http://www.mfcaa.org

Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MFCAA) supports foster and adoptive children in achieving a stable, loving and nurturing family environment by providing support and advocacy for the children and the families caring for them. The services provided include support groups, training for parents and professionals, youth programming, Lawyers for Kids, legislative advocacy and more. MFCAA also runs a food panty and clothes closet, and provides for both back-to-school and Christmas needs.  

Missouri Alliance for Children and Families: http://www.ma-cf.org

The Missouri Alliance for Children and Families (MACF) was founded in 1997, when a group of non-profit agencies joined forces to develop an innovative system of care for children with severe emotional and behavioral needs. MACF is governed by eight of Missouri’s most highly respected private, non-profit family and child serving agencies.  Collectively, our partner agencies offer a wide spectrum of services designed to help children and families mitigate the trauma of abuse and neglect through treatment, case management and a commitment to ensuring children have safe and lifelong families. The Missouri Alliance for Children and Families provides family-oriented and creative strength-based services that encourage families to no longer rely on the system, but rather to develop and use their personal abilities and gifts so they can do what is necessary for their family to be safe and secure.  

Missouri Department of Social Services: http://www.dss.mo.gov  

Spofford: http://www.spoffordhome.org

Spofford provides prevention and therapeutic treatment services for children ages 4-12 suffering the effects of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and mental health disorders. Our services include:

  • Residential treatment
  • School-based case management
  • SCAMPS summer day camp
  • Short-term assessment
  • Therapeutic respite care
  • Family-focus treatment    

Los Angeles County, California  

California Adopted Youth Advocacy Team: http://www.facebook.com/groups/CAYAT/

The California Adopted Youth Advocacy Team (CAYAT) advocates for adopted and foster youth, strives to influence and change the child welfare system, and maximize the benefits that these children deserve. In addition, we are in the process of designing a proactive policy to improve the system.  

Children’s Bureau of Southern California: http://www.all4kids.org

Children's Bureau is committed to providing vulnerable children -- especially in the early years -- the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults. Advancing the welfare of children and families through superior programs in foster care, adoptions, child development, parent education, mental health, research and advocacy.   Children’s Bureau also provides Adoption Promotion and Support Services to increase permanency for Los Angeles County children. Adoption from foster care is promoted when it is in the best interest of the child. Foster care and adoption families are provided with additional help through therapy, mentoring and support groups.  

Children’s Institute: http://www.childrensinstitute.org 


Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) helps children in Los Angeles’s most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives. CII’s Integrated Service Model, which combines evidence-based clinical services, youth development programs, early childhood programs, and family support services, is designed to address the “whole child” as well as the entire family.  

Department of Children and Family Services, L.A. County: http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Adoption Division is a resource for ongoing information and services related to adoption. DCFS Adoptions Division created a specialized unit to provide services and support to adoption triad members (adoptive parent, adoptee, birthparent) after adoption finalization occurs. The Post Adoption Services (PAS) Unit has grown over the years to meet the ongoing needs of individuals who have participated in an adoption through Los Angeles County DCFS. Our goal is to strengthen and empower adoptive families, to respond to information inquiries from adult adopted persons and birth families and to provide information about and access to resources for adoption triad members. Post Adoption Services are provided in a variety of ways, including individual and group contact and work with community-based organizations.  

http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/shareyourheartla/pas/index.html
Post Adoption Services (PAS) is a program that provides services to adult adoptees (people who have been adopted), adoptive birth parents, and parents who have been involved in an adoption that was completed through L.A. County Adoptions Division. PAS works with these individuals after the adoption has been finalized and the child’s case has been closed
PAS Duty Line (800) 735-4984.  

Five Acres: http://www.5acres.org

Five Acres promotes safety, well-being and permanency for children and their families by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities. Adoption Promotion and Support Services (APSS) service providers have adoption expertise and are trained to focus on adoption-related issues. Five Acres is one of two agencies located in Service Planning Area 3 to provide these coordinated services.  Services include individual, group and family therapy, mentors, and support groups for children and adults. Referrals for linkage services can include childcare, health care, mental health, physical and developmental services, Regional Center Services, special education, substitute adult role model, income support and transportation services. Services are available when the primary focus or concern of the child or family is adoption related.  

Hathaway-Sycamores: http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org

Hathaway-Sycamores cultivates hope and resilience to enrich the well-being of children, adults, families and communities. Their programs include a range of therapeutic services for children and their families, including residential programs, school-based services and in-home treatment.  

Kinship Center: http://www.kinshipcenter.org

Committed to the core belief that every child deserves a family, Kinship Center provides the full spectrum of family-centered support to strengthen the families and communities we serve. The Kinship Center provides services that include adoption and foster care, support for relative caregivers, Family Ties, mental health services, Wraparound, and education and training.  

Koinonia Family Services: http://www.kfh.org

Our mission is to provide the highest quality treatment foster care, adoption and family service programs available for children, youth and their families whose special needs can be met through services delivered, supervised and supported by professional agency staff. Koinonia Family Services’ programs include our Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption, Day Treatment, Medically Fragile, Residential Group Homes for chemically dependent adolescents and our Placer County Crisis Resolution Center.  

Latino Family Institute: http://www.lfiservices.org/

Latino Family Institute (LFI) is a fully licensed non-profit Adoption, Foster Care and Family Support Agency in Southern California. Our focus is to develop and support Latino families. To that end, we offer a full range of services designed to prevent families from becoming involved with the Child Welfare system. We help to reunify families already separated, and when this cannot be achieved, we help to create new families through adoption. We also support high-risk families who have been impacted by substance abuse, HIV or AIDS.  

Olive Crest: http://www.olivecrest.org

Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children and to preserving the family… “One Life at a Time.”®  Olive Crest is one of the providers of APSS services, designed to increase permanency for children in Los Angeles County by supporting nurturing, lifelong commitments between parents and children, ensuring permanency for children, expediting the adoption process, and reducing adoption disruption, thereby increasing the number of finalized adoptions. A range of supports and services are offered including, child and family therapy, case management, parenting classes, peer mentoring by adoptive parents, support groups for youth and parents, and links to other community resources and supports.  

Valley Trauma Counseling Center: http://www.valleytrauma.org

Valley Trauma Counseling Center (VTCC) is a non-profit, multicultural organization dedicated to the elimination of sexual and interpersonal violence through healing, empowerment, and increased public awareness of prevention strategies. We work with communities to provide quality crisis intervention and counseling services, trainings, and prevention education to promote social change. VTCC is affiliated with the Educational Psychology Department of California State University, Northridge.    

Maryland  

Maryland Resource Parent Association: http://mrpa.org

MFPA provides support service to all Resource Families in the state of Maryland. Membership in the Association shall be open to all Resource Parents. Members of the MFPA participate on state and local Social Service work groups, advisory boards, commissions and councils. As informed resource parents and team members, the MFPA members share their years of experience to provide their input and guidance in areas such as general care and procedures, accessing mental and physical health services, and teen care etc.  

Mentor Maryland: http://md-mentor.com/welcome.aspx

For over twenty years, MENTOR Maryland has been serving children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges.  At MENTOR Maryland, we believe that the needs of each individual are best served within the communities they call home.  Our home and community-based programming includes:

  • Therapeutic foster care
  • Medically fragile foster care
  • Transitional programs
  • Wraparound services and case management  

One Church One Child: http://www.mdonechurchonechild.com/

One Church One Child of Maryland is a prominent vehicle for foster care and adoption. One Church One Child of Maryland is a catalyst increasing the number of perspective adoptive families annually by expanding the number of covenant and partnering churches. One Church One Child of Maryland is visible in the community and seen as a viable effective leader providing commitment and quality services.  

Massachusetts  

Cambridge Family and Children’s Service: http://helpfamilies.org

To fulfill on its mission CFCS provides specialized services and programs responsive to the most pressing needs of children, youth and families, working in close collaboration with other community partners to achieve the best outcomes. CFCS is an advocate for children, youth and families, and works to assure that each individual has access to the resources and services they need to become independent and productive members of the community. The effectiveness of our work depends entirely upon the contributions of a vibrant network of dedicated staff, foster parents, adoptive parents, student interns, mentors and volunteers who drive our programs and deliver our services.  

HEROES Youth Leadership: http://refca.net/movement/heroes

Our objectives are to:

  • Advocate – Members are trained and supported to be leaders and advocates for change in the lives of those touched by foster care and/or adoption
  • Educate – Members are trained and supported to be educators, raising awareness and spreading knowledge around issues that affect the lives of those touched by foster care and/or adoption
  • Build Community – Members create and develop a supportive network of individuals committed to the well-being those touched by foster care and/or adoption  

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children: http://www.mspcc.org

MSPCC's comprehensive array of programs and services includes child abuse and intervention programs, mental health treatment, and adoption services. Services are provided both in the home and through community-based locations across the state of Massachusetts. Whenever possible, MSPCC assists families at home, in the context of their own family dynamics.  

Re-Envisioning Foster Care: http://refca.net/movement/refca

Through the REFCA model The Treehouse Foundation aims to help other states develop regional hubs of foster care innovation and best practices. The REFCA initiative is creating a national vision of child welfare that is broader than the issues of child abuse and neglect; a vision that clearly demonstrates child welfare can be a place where children receive what they need to lead happy and successful lives.  

Treehouse: http://refca.net/community/treehouse-easthampton Established in 2006, the Treehouse Community is a geographically contained, multigenerational, planned neighborhood where adoptive families, their children and elders invest in one another's lives. It is a village where children find not just parents and a home, but also grandparents, playmates and an entire neighborhood designed to help them grow up in a secure and nurturing environment.  

Michigan  

Adoptive Family Support Network: http://afsn.org

AFSN was founded in 1991 in response to a community need for post-adoption support services. A group of parents and child welfare professionals came together to make sure that adoptive families were getting the services, support, and encouragement they needed.  

Bethany Christian Services: http://www.bethany.org/

After you adopt, you will likely have many questions, and challenges may arise. Some areas you may need information on include:

  • The impact of adoption at various developmental stages
  • Grief and loss issuesHow to deal with questions from strangers
  • Where to get support and specialized intervention

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support years after the adoption has been finalized. We will be here to help.  

Families on the Move: http://www.saveourchildrencoalition.org/advocacy/families-move.html

Serving more than 400 families, Families on the Move provides support for foster/adoptive caregivers, training, advocacy, family events and support groups for parents and youths.  Free childcare is offered during support meetings.   

Family Enrichment Center: http://www.foster-adoptive-kinship.org/

The Family Enrichment Center is a non-profit organization serving Calhoun County of Michigan. We exist to fill the gaps of the child welfare system by providing training, support, mentoring and services to all families, with an emphasis on adoptive, foster and kinship families.  

Michigan Association of Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents: http://www.mafak.co/

MAFAK is committed to the retention and empowerment of families to successfully parent all children placed in their care by providing training, advocacy, legislation and support groups.  

Spaulding for Children: http://spaulding.org

Spaulding for Children finds permanent homes for children that have been in the foster care and adoption system the longest. It was one of the first agencies in the country that specialized in finding and training adoptive families for the placement of special needs children.  

Mississippi  

Harden House Adoption and Foster Care: http://www.hardenhouse.org/

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. offers an array of permanency services through the Adoption and Foster Care Program.  These services are operated statewide and serve vulnerable children with special needs and foster and adoptive families.  

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth: http://scscy.org

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. provides children and family services throughout the State of Mississippi.  Licensed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, SCSCY is a member agency of the Mississippi Association of Child Caring Agencies and is an affiliate of the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as well as a member of Disciples Care Network.     

Ohio  

Adopt America Network: http://adoptamericanetwork.org

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, Adopt America Network (AAN) is committed to improving the lives of adoptable children throughout the United States who are in the foster care system by placing them with permanent, loving families. AAN uses a national network of public agencies, private agencies and volunteer adoption specialists.  

Adoption Network Cleveland: http://www.adoptionnetwork.org/

At Adoption Network Cleveland, we support anyone touched by adoption – adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, foster youth and alumni, foster parents and professionals. We believe that adoption is a lifelong journey, and we are here to support you every step of the way before, during and after adoption.  Since 1988, we have offered a broad array of programs and services designed to meet your needs.    

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio: http://ccho.org

Consider the possibilities of growth and love through foster care, fostering-to-adopt, or adoption -- it might be just the right thing for you and your family. We provide care and education to meet the emotional, spiritual, developmental and physical needs of children and their families from a Christian perspective. When reunification is possible we strive to design programs to support, strengthen, and reunite families.  

Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services: http://cfs.cuyahogacounty.us/

The Cuyahoga County Cluster Support Group encourages communication between Children and Family Services, foster and adoptive families and biological families. The Cluster support group offers opportunities for families to learn about each other solve problems, make decisions as a group, offers empathy, relationship building and advocacy skills.  

Institute for Human Services: http://ihs-trainet.com/

Since 1977, the Institute for Human Services (IHS) has worked throughout the United States and Canada, with both local public human service agencies and state and provincial governments, to protect children and strengthen families. IHS is committed to helping agencies achieve best practice and the highest standards of service. Quality, integrity, and value are not just IHS goals, they are IHS guarantees. In our goal to promote best practice, IHS offers various services including child welfare training.  

Ohio Birth Parents: http://ohiobirthparents.org/

Through our monthly birthparent support meetings, OBG provides safe and open spaces for birthparents to engage in a powerful form of peer support- one that builds from birthparents own experiences and allows them to be the agenda-setters in their own post-adoption support. In 2012, we expanded our services and added a ‘general’ adoption support meeting that provided a space for birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents, family and community members to come together to discuss important issues in the adoption experience.  

Ohio Child Welfare Training Institute: http://www.ocwtp.net/  

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services: http://jfs.ohio.gov/index.stm  

Ohio Family Care Association: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohio-Family-Care-Association-OFCA/174067286014

The Ohio Family Care Association serves as an advocacy link for resource families (adoptive, foster, kinship, respite) in Ohio.  

Pathway Caring for Children: http://www.pathwaycfc.org/

Pathway offers foster care and adoption services for children of all ages. Pathway’s services are treatment-oriented as the organization specializes in caring for those who have suffered from abuse, neglect or abandonment. Complimentary services that support healthy family development include mental health services; respite care for foster families; and post-adoption support.  

Public Children Services Association of Ohio: http://www.pcsao.org/  

UMCH Family Services: http://umchohio.org/

UMCH Family Services provides help to families in need, whether it's putting families together through our Adoption and Treatment Foster Care Services or keeping families together through our Family Mental Health and Post Adoption Services. You'll find a team of highly qualified and caring professionals dedicated to providing every child we serve with the best possible opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

Rhode Island  

Adoption Rhode Island: http://adoptionri.org/

Adoption Rhode Island’s Mission is to facilitate the permanent placement of children waiting in state care and promote adoption as a positive way to create a family. We provide pre and post adoption services to families, advocate for public policy to promote a child’s right to a safe environment and a permanent family, and increase public awareness of the unmet needs of these children.  

Sacramento, California  

Better Life Children Services: http://www.better-life.org

Better Life Children Services is a non-profit agency licensed by the state of California as a foster family and adoption agency to find safe, culturally sensitive homes for children.  

Capital Adoptive Families Alliance: http://www.meetup.com/Capital-Adoptive-Families-Alliance/

Our group was created to meet other adoptive parents in the Sacramento area. We support each other at monthly meetings and online. We hold monthly activities for the whole family. We organize trainings to educate ourselves about the issues inherent in adoption and in raising children who may have special needs. The group works as a network to help each other with ideas in child raising and in finding solutions to challenges we face.  

EMQ FamiliesFirst: http://www.emq.org

EMQ FamiliesFirst takes a state-of-the-art approach to children and youth with complex behavioral health challenges: we combine research-based behavioral health services (including evidence-based therapies and psychiatric services) with a family-centered effort to identify and address the social and other needs of the family.  

Foster Family Service: http://www.fosterfamilyservice.org

Since 1989 Foster Family Service has been certifying foster families to care for children in need of a safe, nurturing home. In our 21-year history we have placed thousands of children in to both foster and adoptive homes. We serve nearly half of California’s 58 counties, largely through the Central and Northern portions of the state.  

Lilliput Children's Services: http://www.lilliput.org

Lilliput Children's Services is a private, non-profit agency licensed by the State of California. We're Northern California's domestic adoption specialists, completing more foster adoptions than any other private California adoption agency. We are a leading Kinship Care services provider in California. Lilliput provides foster care, adoption and kinship services; post-adoption services; and training.  

Post Adoption Link: http://www.postadoptionlink.org/

Post Adoption Link is dedicated to helping Sacramento area adoptive families navigate post adoption supports, resources and educational information related to the special needs of adoption.  

Sierra Forever Families: http://www.sierraadoption.org

Sierra Forever Families is a private, non-profit agency that focuses on finding and nurturing permanent families for children living in foster care. Founded in 1983, the agency has provided permanent families for more than 3,000 children. Sierra believes that every child needs and deserves a permanent, loving family. Through the agency's innovative programs, it has become an industry leader known for advocating and finding homes for older children and large sibling groups.  

St. Louis, Missouri  

Bringing Families Together: http://www.bringingfamiliestogether.com/


Bringing Families Together (BFT) was created in 1999 with the goal of providing quality social services to children and families. Since that time, Bringing Families Together has entered into several contractual agreements with the State of Missouri and other private agencies to provide services to children and families on behalf of Missouri Department of Social Services- Children’s Division. Bringing Families Together began their work with foster care case management and resource family development. The agency has expanded to include private adoption services, counseling, and recruitment/training of foster homes specifically for teenagers.  

Catholic Charities: http://www.ccstl.org

Catholic Charities provides adoption counseling, assessment, placement, post-placement supervision and support. Adoption services are provided for children from infancy to adolescence with a growing emphasis on placing older children and sibling groups. Our goal is to help children of all ages become permanent members of safe, loving families.  

Epworth Children & Family Services: http://www.epworth.org/

For 145 years, Epworth Children & Family Services has provided our community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges. Epworth's innovative, holistic, and comprehensive treatment approach helps youth focus on solutions, build on inherent strengths and communicate more effectively. Over 2,000 youth and families turn to Epworth each year for emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, special education, foster family care and a 24-hour help line. Epworth's strength-based therapeutic philosophy builds on the individual strengths of youth and families, thus increasing the capacity of each to thrive in society.  

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition: http://www.foster-adopt.org

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, a proud member of the United Way, is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child's life by recruiting and supporting foster/adoptive homes in the Metropolitan community.
 At our agency we do two things:

  • Recruitment:  We are one of the area’s largest recruiter of foster/adoptive homes because of our partnerships with the local media, including KSDK and 13 local newspapers.
  • Resource Center:  Foster and adoptive parenting is a rewarding—but demanding—job.  We offer many supports to parents, including support groups, training, advocacy, newsletters, two resale shops, crisis intervention services, and our Little Wishes program.  

Good Shepherd Children and Family Services: www.goodshepherdstl.org

Good Shepherd is a merger of five faith-based child and family serving agencies in the St. Louis area. It is the work of Good Shepherd Children & Family Services to keep the children in our care safe, to help them heal, to provide them the skills for self care and connect them with those who will provide support throughout their lives.

Texas  

ACH Child and Family Services: http://www.achservices.org/

We protect children from abuse, neglect and family separation and help children overcome these things when they do happen. Some of our programs keep children and families together, and others provide a healing home for children who can't live with their families. We have nearly a century of experience working with children, and we know that the best way to accomplish our mission is to work with families, whenever possible, to strengthen their ability to care for their children.  

Bennett Chapel Baptist Church: http://bennetchapelbaptistchurch.com/

Bennett Chapel Baptist Church is a small church located in Shelby County, Texas in the small community of Possum Trot. The members are common ordinary people, living life one day at a time and having a burden for their community as well as for the world. With the guidance of Pastor W.C. Martin and his wife, Donna, the church is full of compassion toward one another as well as towards the community. As a church, they realize that to change this world, hearts need to be changed one at a time.  

Council on Adoptable Children of Texas: http://texas-coac.org/

COAC of Texas, Inc. is a non-profit organization of citizens concerned about the children who wait for permanent homes.  

Embrace: http://embracetexas.org/

Embrace’s mission is “The church reclaiming the care of orphans and waiting children.” The organization offers a number of support groups, respite activities, training and legislative advocacy on adoption and foster care issues.  

Family by Choice: http://www.familybychoice.org/

Family by Choice has a mission to distribute information and to increase awareness in the LGBT community about the options of adoption and parenting, as well as t provide support to LGBT families.  

My Treehouse: http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-TreeHouse-Adoption-Through-the-Eyes-of-a-Child/110931365647131

My Treehouse offers a safe place for adopted children and their families to honestly share their experience of adoption, while developing friendships and community.  

Parenting Across Color: http://parentingacrosscolor.com

Parenting Across Color is dedicated to educating and supporting adoptive families comprised of Caucasian parents and black children, many of whom have spent time in the foster care system. Our goal is to assist families in raising strong, confident children who are comfortable in their own skin. To achieve this mission, PAC focuses on education, community building, adoption support, collaboration and advocacy.    

Virginia  

DePaul Family Services: http://www.depaulfamilyservices.org/ The Adoption Program was built on the belief that every child is adoptable and deserves to grow up in a permanent, loving family. It is our mission to provide the services and support necessary for each waiting child to achieve permanency through adoption.    

Faces of Virginia Families: http://www.facesofvirginia.org/

Our mission is to provide a united voice for children, youth, and families involved in foster, adoptive, and kinship care so all children and youth are treated with dignity, respect, and equality.
We:

  • Support the recruitment and retention of quality foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
  • Advocate for and provide consistent and standardized training and support for foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
  • Provide resources and information to parents, empowering them to be educated, equipped, and effective.
  • Advocate for the needs of foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
  • Promote and strengthen collaborations among all professionals, including caregivers.  

Lutheran Family Services: http://www.lfsva.org/


Lutheran Family Services of Virginia offers a variety of services to families interested in pursuing adoption. LFSVA is a state-licensed adoption agency and has offered adoption services since 1991. We have worked with more than 300 individuals and couples and have seen wonderful, happy families formed.  

United Methodist Family Services: http://www.umfs.org

For 112 years UMFS has been helping children and families in Virginia find hope. Through our treatment foster care program, foster parents and children find one another and often go on to become adoptive families. Adoptive Family Preservation provides services important to preserving the adoptive family in the months or even years after finalization. Whether you adopted through UMFS or another agency, our trained staff provides adoption support, counseling, education, crisis intervention, and support groups for parents and children.    

Virginia Department of Social Services: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/  

Canada  

Adoption Council of Canada: http://www.adoption.ca/

The Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) is the umbrella organization for adoption in Canada Based in Ottawa, the ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes placement of waiting children and stresses the importance of post-adoption services. Our services include adoption resources, referrals, education and support.  

Canadian Coalition of Adoptive Families: http://www.canadiancoalitionofadoptivefamilies.ca  

New Brunswick  

New Brunswick Adoption Foundation: http://nbadoption.ca/ The New Brunswick Adoption Foundation provides the private sector, community groups and individuals a vehicle to promote the adoption of children in the permanent care of the Minister of Social Development.

Adoption Support Network  Coordinator Pilot Project Françoise Corbin-Boucher 506-383-3693 fcorbinboucher@gmail.com  

New Brunswick Department of Social Development: http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/repository/new-brunswick-department-social-development

The New Brunswick Department of Social Development is one of the largest departments in the New Brunswick government and includes New Brunswick Family and Community Services. The department helps: 
• abused and neglected children and adults;
• seniors and persons with disabilities who require long-term care and nursing home services; 
• families and individuals in need of social assistance and affordable housing; 
• children in need of help to be ready for school, families in need of affordable day care.  

Nova Scotia  

Directory of Services for Adoptive Parents: http://novascotia.ca/coms/families/adoption/DirectoryofServices.html

The Nova Scotia Directory of Services for Adoptive Parents was developed to help parents quickly find services in their region. You will find listings for services ranging from child development to education, from physical and mental health to advocacy, from financial to legal assistance. They include those offered by municipal, provincial, and federal governments, as well as private sector, non-profit, and international organizations.  

Ontario  

Adoption Council of Ontario: http://www.adoption.on.ca/

The Adoption Council of Ontario:

  • Educates the community about adoption
  • Connects families and children
  • Supports them on their lifelong journey
  • Advocates for all those touched by adoption.  

AdoptOntario: http://www.adoptontario.ca/

This is a photo listing website operated by the Adoption Council of Ontario. We support the adoption of children in Children's Aid Society (CAS) foster care, by connecting them with families in Ontario.  

Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies: http://www.oacas.org/ http://www.useyourvoice.ca/en/ 

Since 1912, OACAS has represented Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario and provided service in the areas of government relations, communications, information management, education and training to advocate for the protection and well-being of children. We are the voice of child welfare in Ontario. Today, OACAS provides service in the areas of advocacy, government relations, communications, youth in care, information management, education and training, accreditation and member outreach. Promoting child welfare issues to influence public commitment and opinion is a critical role for OACAS.  

Ontario Peacock Families: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ontpeacock/

This is a members only list for families in Ontario who have adopted transracially (not limited to international adoptions).

 


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phone: 651-644-3036
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