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GENESSA -- ADOPTION RESOURCES!



Although neither was an adopted child, GENESSA's Lady G and Lionheart have each had personal experiences concerning the adoption of children. Here are some adoption resources we hope you will find of use; most of them have, in turn, a plethora of links, but most are more than just links collections. We have examined each one to make sure it offers some kind of service or information beyond directing you onward. We can't vouch for or endorse any of them. We haven't investigated beyond that and we're not qualified anyway. We do hope we have succeeded in excluding no one except the following:

Those who advocate adoption merely as an alternative to abortion, and not in its own right (in other words, antiabortionists posing as adoption advocates)
Those who are anti-adoption (yes there are such sites and organizations)
Sites for whom religion comes first and adoption concerns come second.
Sites which, however interesting, are purely personal and contain no resources other than whatever support their shared experiences may provide. GENESSA does, however, understand the value of such stories. They are not listed as resources but instead will be made available as you, the readers, choose to share them (email us!)

Our examinations do reveal that each site has a unique take on adoption, a different focus, a separate subagenda, from child protection to birth-mother (and birth-father) needs to adult adopted children seeking their birth parents to pertinent laws on every aspect of adoption. (There is a wide geographical range to be covered, too. It is not our intention to focus primarily on the United States but most of the resources we find are American. We include resources from other nations, notably Canada and the U.K. but as far-flung as Sweden and Tasmania, as we encounter them.) Not only is there something for everyone here, there is something to OFFEND everyone here. (Be nice!) Some are adoption agencies; we have in no way, shape or form even dreamt of listing every adoption agency online here, but have included them as we've come across them. (If you know of an adoption agency that should be listed here, despite our lack of interest in becoming comprehensive in this regard we will be happy to hear from you and perhaps list the agency here.) Adoption agencies can be useful even if you are not looking to adopt (or adopt through an agency, or adopt through THAT agency) because its stated requirements may help you understand what you need and how/where to get it (for example, home studies, financing, state laws, practices in other countries).

Some of the sites below are informational clearinghouses, private, governmental and in between. Some are lists of lists of lists of lists and we will do our best not to duplicate those here; they may in fact be duplicating what we already have. Many of the links are to adoptees' search agencies. Our inclusion of these sites is meant to aid those who feel they need them and not to offend those who feel they do not. Some are intended to comfort or empower birth mothers; again, these are not intended to offend or exclude adoptive families! In short, as we visit these sites it becomes apparent to us that you will not find what you need, or even what is appealing to you, at every site. We do think they will prove at least interesting and potentially helpful.

Coming soon: Adoption Issues -- Essays, Personal Stories, Articles, etc.
Books About Adoption
GENESSA's Genealogy Page

GENESSA has chosen to alphabetize as follows: Names that begin with initials come at the head of their alphabetical listing UNLESS the initials stand for the name of the organization, which is also spelled out; in that case, it is placed where it belongs according to its spelled-out name.

A.A.C. Adoption
ABA Center on Children and the Law ABC Adoptions
Adopt: Assistance Information Support
Adopt-a-Child, Inc.
Adoptees Help Adopt International, Inc.
Adoptee's Miracle Search Service"
AdoptINFO(part of CYFC -- The University of Minnesota's Children, Youth, and Family Consortium)
Adopting from Korea
Adopting.org
Adoption (from England's Department of Health)
Adoption 101 Register
Adoption Access, Inc.
AAI -- Adoption Advocates International
Adoption Assistance
Adoption Center of Washington
Adoption Centre Sweden (choose the language in which you wish to view the page)
Adoption.com
The Adoption Connections Project
Adoption Crossroads -- Adoptee Birthparent Reunion Search Support
The Adoption Database, also The Adoption Database at QuickBase
The Adoption Exchange & Wednesday's Child
The Adoption Network
AdoptionNetwork
Adoption Online
AdoptionPros

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
American Association of Open Adoption Agencies
American Research Room (from Lineage's Genealogy Site)
AIAA -- Americans for International Aid and Adoption
Ancestral Findings
Association for Research in International Adoption" target="_new">

The Barker Foundation
Bastard Nation -- The Adoptee Rights Organization
Bay Area Home for Kids/San Francisco Bay Area Children
Beacon House Adoption
Beam of Hope Adoptions
Birthmother's Choice>
Birthquest Birthright International (choose English, Spanish or French)
Borderlands
Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc.
British Columbia's Adoption Reuinon Registry

California Association of Adoption Agencies (note: their welcome page seems to be stuck back in November but the resources are so good we couldn't exclude them on the basis of currency)
California Department of Social Services
California Mutual Consent Registry
CANADopt
Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego -- Adoption Orientation
Celebrate Adoptions, Inc.
Child of my Dreams
Children's Home Society of Mninesota
CHI -- Children's Hope International Adoption Agency<.a>
Chinadopt - Adopting Children from China
Christian World Adoption
CARE -- Coalition for Adoption Registry Ethics
Combs-Coombs &c, a Nonprofit Historical/Genealogical Research Group
The Cradle
Cradle of Hope
Chrysalis House Adoption Agency
Comeunity -- Adoption Parenting Support
Concerned United Birthparents

Dillon International Adoption and Post-Adoption Services
Dillon Southwest
Domestic Infant Adoption

Eastern European Adoption Coalition, Inc.
Embassy World
European Adoption Consultants Inc.
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Families for Private adoption
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption
Families with Children from China
Family & Children's Agency, Inc. -- The Adoption Center
Family Helper
Famous Adoptees
Finding in Florida
Forsyth County [NC] Genealogical Society
Future Families

adoption: a gathering
The Gladney Center for Adoption

Holt International Children's Services
HUGS

Independent Adoption Center
InSearch, a Registry for Adoptees in Search
IAA -- International Adoption Alliancebr> International Adoption Clinic
ISRR -- International Soundex Reunion Registry
Interractial Adoption

Jewish Adoption
Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options
The Jewish Children's Adoption Network, Mile Chi Com
Joint Counsel on International Children's Services

Kathy's Maine Registry
Kevin McCarty: Adoption Infmration, Laws and Reforms

LAPA -- Latin American Parents Association
Lifelink
Lifetime Adoption Foundation
Lookup United Kingdom
Los Ni International
Love the Children
Lutheran Ministries of Georgia -- Adoptions Programs

Michigan Searching
MBARC -- The Mina Bicknell Adoption resource Center/Maine Adoption Triad Resource
MARRA -- Mississippi Adoptees Rallying for Records
The mixed Initiative

National Adoption Center
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
NCFA -- National Council for Adoption
National Endowment for Financial Education (Adoptions)
ReachSOURCE Adoption Services
Relinquished
Repeal Seals Adoption Record Laws in New York State Petition
RESOLVE -- Infertility and Adoption Information and Support
Reunion Registry -- Searching Adoption The Rosie O'Donnell Show -- Adoptions
Russian Visa Online

Search Triad, Inc.
Searching for Siblings/SibSearch
Sherri's Searching North Carolina South Carolina Locator
Special Additions
Spence-Chapin Services to Families and CHildren -- Domestic and International Asoption Services
Stars of David International, Inc.
State Adoption Disclosure Laws (part of Bastard Nation, deserving of its own link here, especially considering the size of Bastard Nation)
Sunflower Birthmom Support Group

TALKadoption
Texas Adoption Resources Exchange
Texas Coalition for Adoption Resources and Education
Thomas -- U.S. Congress on the Internet (indispensible for keeping track of legislation on ALL topics; type "adoption" into the search box and see EVERY bit of legislation concerning adoption -- but be careful; one speaks of the adoption of principle and the adoption of practices, etc., and many of the results may have nothing to do with the adoption of children! GENESSA suggests your search include the words "adoption," "children" and "child" without quotation marks, for more accurate results.)
TNGenWeb
Transracial Adoptions (Message Board)

UK Birth Adoption Register
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- ACF -- The Administration for Children and Families
USGenNet
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Services and Benefits, Intercountry Adoptions
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, The Immigration of Adopted and Prospective Adoptive Children (handbook, right there online! Downloadable PDF version also available, bottom of page.)
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Embassies and Consulates Worldwide
USIGS -- The United States Internet Genealogical Society
U.S. State Department -- International Adoption
USA People Search -- All You Need to Know About Adoption
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism -- Adoptopm: Sharing Love, Creating Jews

The Veteran Ancesty Registry (from the American Local History Network)
Villa Hope International Adoptions
Voices of Adoption
VSN -- The Volunteer Search Network

Waiting Families.com
What Happened to the Romanian Orphanage Children?
Who? Me?
Wide Horizons for Children, Inc.
Wingy's Adoption Search Registry Page
WACAP -- World Association for Children and Parents
World Partners Adoption Inc.




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