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Resources

Pennsylvania has more than 200 hundred private and public adoption agencies. Click Here to view a list of agencies that are currently licensed to provide adoption services in Pennsylvania.

Links to other sites

To help you find other Web sites that may provide you with useful information about medical issues, other children waiting for adoption, and other resources, we have direct links to Web sites.

National Adoption Organizations

www.Adoption.com
A comprehensive Web site providing information on all aspects of adoption including those who wish to place a child for adoption; those who want to adopt; adoptees and birth parents who are searching; those who want to adopt internationally; support information; and much more.

www.adopt.org
The National Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care throughout the United States, and is a resource to families and to agencies who seek the permanency of caring homes for children.

Adoption Forum, Inc.
The International Adoption Center is a non-profit international adoption agency dedicated to finding homes for the millions of homeless children across the globe. In 1987, an adoption attorney and international adoptive parent opened the International Adoption Center to help other families realize their dreams of building their families through adoption.

American Adoption Congress
The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is composed of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform. The AAC believes that growth, responsibility, and respect for self and others develop best in lives that are rooted in truth. The AAC is therefore committed to achieving changes in attitudes, policies, and legislation that will guarantee access to identifying information for all adoptees and their birth and adoptive families.

Adoptuskids.org
A national photo listing of children from across the nation which provides linkages to a variety of Web sites throughout the U.S.

The Child Information Gateway
A resource for information on state laws, professional articles, books and periodicals pertaining to adoption.

National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoption
Includes information about upcoming training, center news, resource for agencies, professionals, adoptive and foster parents, and a multimedia bookstore with convenient on-line ordering.

North American Council on Adoptable Children
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.

Prime Contractor for the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network - Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
This site promotes permanency for children and families through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Dave Thomas Foundation is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child, the Foundation works to fulfill its mission by implementing result-driven national signature programs, awareness initiatives and advocacy efforts. As the only foundation dedicated exclusively to foster care adoption, it is driven by Dave's simple value: Do what's best for the child!

Medical and Health-related

The Merck's Manuals
A medical dictionary that includes information about thousands of different conditions.

Physician's Desk Reference
The Physician's Desk Reference Web site provides medical and health care information that is customized for several audiences, including consumers. Some of the site's features include: a medical dictionary, health news, and drug information.

Special Kids Network
The Special Kids Network Web site is a free network for families with children who have special needs or disabilities. The network is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It provides information on: Education & Training, Health Care Products, Recreation & Leisure, Social Services & Counseling, Support & Advocacy and Therapy. You may also call the Network at 1-800-986-4550.

Search and Reunion

The Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry
The Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry is a medical and social history database maintained by the Department of Human Services for adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth relatives who would like to share or obtain medical or social history about themselves or their birth relatives.

International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)
ISRR is a non-profit organization. It operates a voluntary mutual consent registry that is available to anyone, 18 years or older, who seeks a reunion with next-of-kin by birth.

Adoption Registry
This registry is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Division of Vital Records. Birth parents can obtain and then file a notarized Biological Parent Identification Registration form with the registry. This form grants the Registry permission to release the birth parent's current name and address to an adult adoptee.

Support Groups

www.starsfamily.org
STARS is a family support group for adoptive and foster care parents raising children of different races and cultures.

www.adoptionlawsite.org
Adoption LawSite created by The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School.

Together as Adoptive Parents, Inc.
Provides Pennsylvania families with a listing of therapists who work with adoptive families, and support groups.

Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association.
Provides information on foster parenting, conferences being offered in the state and other training.

Legal Services Warmline
Provides assistance to adoptees and birth parents seeking information regarding family background or reunion. Call toll-free at 888-793-2512, or email at lsiwarmline@diakon-swan.org

Photolistings

Adoptuskids.org
A national photo listing of children from across the nation which provides linkages to a variety of Web sites throughout the U.S.

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