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Helpful Websites:

Adoptive Family Magazine articles, activities, while you wait support - www.adoptivefamilies.com

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 - www.njarch.org  (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 -www.adopt.org

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

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

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 - www.nacac.org

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

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

CHOP's International Adoption Health Program available for pre-adoption and post-adoption screening and treatment - www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/division/service.jsp?id=73553 -

Joint Council on International Children's Services - www.jcics.org 

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

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), www.tapestrybooks.com

Alphabet Soup Books, Adoption and Diversity Books, (1.609.771.3700), www.alphabetsoupbookstore.com

"Roots &Wings Adoption Magazine", (1.908.637.8828), www.adopting.org/rw.html


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