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Helpful Websites:

Adoptive Family Magazine articles, activities, while you wait support -

Learn more about local, regional, statewide adoption resource  lists; Warm Line phone support and adoption referral service, Buddy Mentoring  Program (experienced adoptive parents), Adoption support groups, Chat room -  (1.877.4ARCHNJ)

Pennsylvania based website that offers online adoptive parent  preparation course, resource listings, online newsletter regarding adoption issues, chat room, photolisting exchange of waiting children

Resources for people considering adoption and adopted children, directory of adoption professionals, online support, photolisting of older children for adoption 

Consumer site where can search "adoption", provides links to professional and supportive organizations -

North American Council on Adoptable Children- host of annual adoption conference; advocates for the right of every child to a permanent, continuous, nurturing and culturally sensitive family; provides training; conducts studies; and prepares teaching materials which are made available to those involved in adoption -

Evan B. Donaldson Institute web-site offers information on adoption policies, law, statistics, facts, international adoption regulations, e-newsletter -

National Institute of Mental Health web-site offers articles for parents and kids on mental health diagnosis, common medications to treat various diagnoses -

CHOP's International Adoption Health Program available for pre-adoption and post-adoption screening and treatment - -

Joint Council on International Children's Services - 

National search engine, photolisting of older children available for adoption nationally, links to state web-sites, links to helpful adoption resource -

Recommended Books (to read in preparation for adoption/during process of adoption):

Adoption Nation by Adam Pertman

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self by Brodzinsky, Schechter, & Marantz- Henig

Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother by Jan Wolff

You're Our Child: The Adoption Experience by Smith & Miroff

Adopting the Older Child by Claudia L. Jewett

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids by Keck & Kupecky (revised and updated, now includes information on foreign adoptions)

An Insider's Guide to Transracial Adoption by Steinberg & Hall

Talking to Your Child about Adoption by Patricia Martinez Dorner

Talking with Young Children about Adoption by Watkins & Fisher

The Face in the Mirror: Teenagers and Adoption by Marion Crook

Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray

The Spirit of Open Adoption by James Gritter

The Open Adoption Experience by Melina & Roszia

How to Adopt Internationally by Nelson-Erichsen & Erichsen

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

Adoption Book Catalogs and Magazines:

Tapestry Books- Adoption Book Catalog, (1.800.765.2367),

Alphabet Soup Books, Adoption and Diversity Books, (1.609.771.3700),

"Roots &Wings Adoption Magazine", (1.908.637.8828),

Recommended Children's Books about Adoption:

The Duck Wedding by N. Patricia Yarborough - general adoption story

Mr. Rogers- Let's Talk about it: Adoption by Fred Rogers- focuses on feelings of belonging

Adoption is For Always by Linda Walvoord Girard or The Mulberry Bird by Anne Braff Brodzinsky- help children understand about a birth parents' decision to make an adoption plan

Twice Upon a Time: Born and Adopted by Eleanora Patterson - from birth family to adoptive family

Why Was I Adopted? by Carole Livingston - a child\'s journey from birth to adoptive family

The Coffee Can Kid by Jan Czech- story about a little girl adopted by China

Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon - all families are different and wonderful just the same

A Mother for Choco by Keido Kasza -family members can all look different and still be a family