Whether you are thinking of adopting or have already adopted, the information on the web or books written about adoption can be overwhelming. CBS New York believes that the following three resources will aid you on your adoption journey.
Adoptive Families is our top pick for adoptive families who are looking for a comprehensive resource before, during and after adoption. It provides primers detailing domestic, international and foster care adoption fast facts (cost, travel requirements and a timeline of action items ). It also provides a country by country breakout for those who are interested in international adoption. As a mom who adopted, I have used some of their guides on how to talk about adoption with your children and their peers.
New York State Adoption Services
If you are thinking of adopting within the state, New York State Adoption Services is another informative resource. It includes necessary adoption details (because they differ by state) in both English and Spanish. To provide a visual, they provide a photolisting of children and a video gallery also. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous adoption “businesses” that are not legitimate so this site provides a list of state approved adoption agencies along with other adoption information and links to other helpful Internet resources for adoptive families.
The New York Council on Adoptable Children
589 Eighth Ave., 15th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Founded in 1972, this organization focuses on placing older and special needs children from the New York City foster care system into permanent families. They don’t have an easy task. Acting on the belief that “every child deserves such (a loving) family”, COAC provides information, support groups and much more. This type of adoption is not for everyone, but if you have room in your heart and home to share your life with such special kids, you definitely want to use this resource.
Linda Grant is a blogger with Mom in the City.