Bay Area, California
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
Adoption Resources of
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
- 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
referrals and information for adoptive families
Training opportunities and
events for parents
Center at Catholic Charities: http://parc.cclse.org
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.
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 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.
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.
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/
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
- Support Groups
Kansas City, Missouri
Dietchman, Leavell and
Leavell and Associates provides psychological and counseling services to
children, adults and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Our mission is to help at-risk children and
families reach their potential through education, counseling, and social
Intensive Family Counseling
- 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 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:
- SCAMPS summer
Therapeutic respite care
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
fragile foster care
services and case management
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
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
The impact of adoption at
various developmental stages
- Grief and loss issuesHow to deal with questions from
- Where to get support and
Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that
you need support years after the adoption has been finalized. We will be here
on the Move:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
provides foster care, adoption and kinship services; post-adoption services;
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
St. Louis, Missouri
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
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:
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
- 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.
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’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.
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
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.
- 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
- Provide resources and
information to parents, empowering them to be educated, equipped, and
- Advocate for the needs of
foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
- Promote and strengthen
collaborations among all professionals, including caregivers.
Family Services: http://www.lfsva.org/
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.
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
Department of Social Services: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/
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 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.
Brunswick Department of 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.
of Services for Adoptive Parents:
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
Adoption Council of
Adoption Council of Ontario:
- Educates the community
- Connects families and
- Supports them on their
- Advocates for all those touched by adoption.
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.
Association of Children’s Aid Societies: http://www.oacas.org/
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.
This is a members only list for families in Ontario who have adopted
transracially (not limited to international adoptions).