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The Heart of God Adoption & Orphan Ministry
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
Caring for Orphans Adoption Costs Financial Assistance Grants Tax Credit Military Subsidies Types of Adoption Hague/Non Hague Country Foster Care Adoption Domestic Adoption Intercountry Adoption Selecting An Agency Credible Agencies to Consider Support Awaits Resources for help & Encouragement Books, Magazines Websites Forums
What Can I Do?
The following are just a small sampling of organizations that offer partnerships to serve and care for orphans. Visit Hope For Orphans for more information, www.hopefororphans.org
Heart of the Bride Ministries
What Will it Cost?
Prospective adoptive parents may be concerned about the financial costs of adopting an infant or child and their ability to meet these costs. While becoming a parent is rarely free of expenses (even pregnancy and childbirth can be relatively expensive if there is inadequate insurance), adoptive parents often are faced with initial costs that can seem challenging. However, with planning and with knowledge about the different types of adoptions and available resources, they should be able to develop a budget that includes most of the foreseeable expenses. This factsheet was designed to help prospective adoptive parents learn about these expenses so that they can make informed decisions throughout the adoption process. The total cost of adopting varies from $0 to more than $40,000, depending on a number of factors. The chart below outlines some general categories of adoption and costs associated with the services provided. The wide range reflects the multitude of factors that may affect costs, including the type of adoption, the type of placement agency or facilitator, and the child's age and circumstances. Prospective adoptive parents are encouraged to check with the agencies they are considering to find out more about specific costs for their circumstances.
Range of Adoption Costs Foster Care Adoptions Licensed Private Agency Adoptions Independent Adoptions Facilitated/Unlicensed Adoptions Intercountry Adoptions $0 - $2,500* $5,000 - $40,000+ $8,000 - $40,000+ $5,000 - $40,000+ $7,000 - $30,000
*This is the cost of a family profile if the family doesn't already have a foster child.
For more detailed information, visit www.costs.adoption.com
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17
This is a list of adoption financial assistance resources, including grants, loan programs, subsidies and general financial information to assist in financing an adoption. Please note, this list is not inclusive. Show Hope www.showhope.org Abba Fund www.abbafund.org Caroline’s Promise (North Carolina only) www.carolinespromise4u.org A Child Waits Foundation www.achildwaits.org God’s Grace Adoption Ministries (matching grants) www.ggam.org The MICAH Fund www.micahfund.org Brittany’s Hope Foundation www.BrittanysHope.org Caring Connection www.caringconnection.org James fund www.jamesfund.org LifeSong for Orphans www.lifesongfororphans.org Gift of Adoption Fund www.giftofadoption.org National Council for Adoption (NCFA) www.adoptioncouncil.org/resources/fianance_adoption.html National Adoption Foundation www.nafadopt.org National Endowment for Financial Education www.nefe.org/adoption United Healthcare Children’s Foundation www.uhccf.org International Children’s Adoption Resource Effort www.intlcare.org Kingdom Kids Adoption Ministry www.kingdomkidsadoption.org Our Creators Hope www.ourcreatorshope.com The LYDIA Fund (International Adoptions) ww.lydiafund.org Katelyn’s Fund www.katelynsfund.org Orphan Impact http://orphanimpact.com Cadman Foundation www.cadmanfoundation.org Christian World Adoption www.cwa.org Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption www.davethomasfoundation.com Fore Adoption Foundation www.foreadoption.com HelpUsAdopt.org www.helpusadopt.org Help Us Adoption www.helpusa.org Resources 4 Adoption www.resources4adoption.com Fundraising Partnerships Affording Adoption Website Just Love Coffee Roasters 147millionorphans.com ABBA Java Adoption Bug Tupperware My Crazy Adoption Wild Olives
www.affordingadoption.org www.justlovecoffee.com www.147millionorphans.com www.abbajava.org www.adoptionbug.com www.tupperware.com www.mycrazyadoption.com www.wildolives.com
Adoption Tax Credit
In 2010 and 2011, you may be able to take a refundable tax credit for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child (including a child with special needs). This means that you could qualify for a tax refund even if you did not have federal income tax withheld. For tax years prior to 2010, the adoption credit is not refundable. Under new Adoption Credit Rules for the 2010 tax year, you must attach one or more adoption-related documents (identified in the form instructions) with the completed Form 8839 (PDF), Qualified Adoption Expenses, and attach the form to your Form 1040 or Form 1040A return, to claim the adoption credit or income exclusion. The required documents are different if the adoption is foreign, or domestic, final or not final and if the adoption is for a special-needs child. A tax credit, including the adoption credit, reduces your tax liability. For expenses paid prior to the year the adoption becomes final, the credit generally is allowed for the year following the year of payment. For expenses paid in and after the year the adoption becomes final, the credit is allowed in the year of payment. The adoption credit is not available for any reimbursed expense. In addition to the credit, certain amounts paid by your employer for qualifying adoption expenses may be excludable from your gross income. A taxpayer who paid qualifying expenses in the current year for an adoption which became final in the current year, may be eligible to claim the credit for the expenses on the current year return, in addition to credit for expenses paid in a prior year. For both the credit or the exclusion, qualifying expenses include reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling expenses (including amounts spent for meals and lodging while away from home), and other expenses directly related to and for which the principal purpose is the legal adoption of an eligible child. An eligible child must be under 18 years old, or be physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself. The adoption credit or exclusion cannot be taken for a child who is not a United States citizen or resident unless the adoption becomes final. In the case of an adoption of a special-needs child, you may be eligible for a certain amount of credit or exclusion regardless of actual expenses paid or incurred. A child has special-needs if (1) the child otherwise meets the definition of eligible child, (2) the child is a United States citizen or resident, (3) a state determines that the child cannot or should not be returned to his or her parent's home, and (4) a state determines that the child probably will not be adopted unless assistance is provided. The credit and exclusion for qualifying adoption expenses are each subject to a dollar limit and an income limit. The amount of your adoption credit or exclusion is limited to the dollar limit for that year for each effort to adopt an eligible child. If you can take a credit and exclusion, this dollar amount applies separately to each. For example, if we assume the dollar limit for the year is $13,170 and you paid $10,000 in qualifying adoption expenses for a final adoption, while your employer paid $4,000 of additional qualifying adoption expenses, you may be able to claim a credit of up to $10,000 and also exclude up to $4,000.
The dollar limit for a particular year must be reduced by the amount of qualifying expenses taken into account in previous years for the same adoption effort. The income limit on the adoption credit or exclusion is based on your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). If your MAGI is below the beginning phase out amount for the year, the income limit will not affect your credit or exclusion. If your MAGI is more than the beginning phase out amount for the year, your credit or exclusion will be reduced. If your MAGI is above the maximum phase out amount for the year, your credit or exclusion will be eliminated. Generally, if you are married, you must file a joint return to take the adoption credit or exclusion. If your filing status is married filing separately, you can take the credit or exclusion only if you meet special requirements. To take the credit or exclusion, complete Form 8839 (PDF), Qualified Adoption Expenses, and attach the form to your Form 1040 (PDF) or Form 1040A (PDF).
The military will reimburse active-duty personnel for most one-time adoption costs up to $2,000 per child, whether adopting a domestic infant, an older child in the U.S., or a child from another country. Travel costs, foreign or domestic, are not covered. There is a maximum of $5,000 in a given year, even if both parents are in the military. Reimbursement is made only after the adoption is finalized and only if the adoption was completed through a state adoption agency or a nonprofit private agency. An adopted child with special needs may be eligible for monthly financial assistance under the military's Program for Persons with Disabilities. Furthermore, the military's Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to ensure that the adoptive families of children with special needs are assigned to duty stations where the child's needs can be met. Military personnel also may make use of leave programs similar to those offered by civilian employers. Reimbursements and benefits apply whether the adopting parent is single or married and whether the adoption is completed in the United States or overseas.
National Military Family Association (NMFA)
2500 N Van Dorn St, Ste 102 Alexandria, VA 22302-1601 703.931.6632 NMFA is the only national organization dedicated to identifying and resolving issues of concern to military families. Their mission is to serve the families of uniformed services through education, information, and advocacy. They offer information about benefits for adoption reimbursement and healthcare, but not regarding placement.
What type of adoption should I consider?
Intercountry Children are usually over a year old by the time you bring them home,
depending on the country guidelines. Paperwork goes through our government as well as the adoptive child’s country’s government. This process can be long; between 6-18 months depending on the country and if it complies with the Hague Convention. See the Hague/Non Hague page.
Domestic Children can be infants, or older. An infant can be brought into your home straight
from the hospital if the process is complete by the time of the birth. Usually the adoptive family is picked by the birthmother and after rights are relinquished the adoptive family takes the child home. You can adopt from your home state or from another state that your agency works with, this is called Intrastate Adoption.
Private Much like the domestic adoption, however the process is done through an adoption
attorney and not an agency. The birthmother and the adoptive families may establish a relationship or they may choose to remain anonymous.
Foster Care Adoption These types of adoptions are with children that are in the Child
Welfare System. Their parents’ rights have already been terminated or they are in the process of being terminated. Once the rights have been terminated, the child is legally free for adoption. Most children are older and there are sibling groups. This is the most cost effective type of adoption as most states have programs in place that have little to no cost to the adoptive family. Adopting from the foster care system cam be a very long process.
Hague/Non Hague Convention
Both the Hague Convention Adoption Process and the Non–Convention Adoption involve two determinations in accordance with the U.S. government. 1) The suitability of the adoptive parents 2) Whether the child’s adoption meets eligibility requirements in order for the child to immigrate to the United States. SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Below and on the following page is a chart which outlines the differences between the two procedures. In general, prospective adoptive parents receive more protections when adopting from Convention countries; however the process may take longer. Convention Countries Your Adoption Service Provider Non-Convention Country Licensed in U.S. state of Licensed in U.S. State of residence and accredited residence or approved by one of the Dept. of State’s designated Accrediting Entities Adoption services contract contains information about agency’s polices, fees, history, relationships with supervised providers, etc. Though many ASPs disclose policies, fees and relationships with supervised providers, they are not required by most state laws to do so.
Adoption Service Contract
Must meet both State and Must meet State level and Federal requirements; USCIS federal requireprepared by an accredited ments agency, supervised provider or exempted provider. Itemized in adoption services contract 10 hours of parent education classes Parent education only if mandated by U.S. State of residence or voluntarily provided by agency Form 1-600-A; Can be filed at the same time as the Form 1-600
Adoption Fees Parent Education
Adoptive Parent’s Eligibility
Form 1-800-A; Must be filed BEFORE being matched with a child (and before Form 1-800)
Convention Countries Provisional Petition Approval: Child’s Eligibility Country of Origin must determine the child is adoptable with Convention consents and other protections, must meet definition of Convention Adoptee Form 1-800
Non-Convention Countries Must meet orphan definition Form 1-600
Child’s Medical Records
Prepared, and provided by Convention country’s competent authorities; Prospective adoptive parents given at least 2 weeks to review IH-3 or IH-4 Visas Submitted before foreign adoption/legal custody proceedings Preserved for 75 years IR-3 or IR-4 Visas Submitted after foreign adoption/legal custody proceedings (except Guatemala and Vietnam)
Visa Type Visa Application
Adoption Records The Hague Adoption Convention is an international agreement to safeguard inter country adoptions. The Convention establishes international standards of practices for inter country adoptions. The Hague Convention applies to all adoptions between the United States and the other countries that have joined the Convention. Adopting a child from a Convention country is similar in many ways to adopting from a country not party to the Convention. There are some key differences as seen in the preceding chart, In particular, those seeking to adopt receive greater protections if they adopt from a Convention country. For more information on the Hague Adoption Agreement see: www.adoption.state.gov/hague/overview
Foster Care Adoption
Foster adoptions, or adoptions through the U.S. foster care system, usually involve children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or other concerns for their safety. The children may range in age from infants to teens, although most are toddlers and older. Many will have physical, emotional, or other special needs, while some will not. Children who are determined to have special needs may qualify for government-funded adoption subsidies to help families manage the costs of care and maintenance. These adoptions are usually arranged through state agencies, although in recent years, states have contracted with some private agencies in order to increase opportunities for the children to find permanent families. These adoptions have little or no cost; they are supported by government funding. There are several ways to approach adoption through the U.S. foster care system: Adoption of a child or sibling group who has already been, or will be within a short period of time, legally released for adoption (parental rights terminated or relinquished); Accept placement of a child whose reunification with biological family is still a possibility. If reunification or other in-family placement isn't effected within a certain period of time, the child will be released for adoption by you (known as Foster-Adoption or Fost/Adopt). The process of working toward more than one goal for a child (reunification with parents, kinship placement, adoption) is known as concurrent planning; Foster parent adoption, where licensed foster parents proceed to adopt a child in their care.
Foster Care Statistics
Currently, there are approximately 425,000 children in foster care in the United States. It's estimated that 115,000 are eligible for adoption. In 2009, about 57,466 children were adopted from foster care. 69% of parents who adopt from foster care are married couples, 31% are single-parent families. Median age of child in foster care: 8.1 years. Race/ethnicity of children in foster care: 38% Caucasian, 30% African-American, 22% Hispanic, 10% other The average child in foster care goes through three different placements and stays in the system for about 30 months. Each year, about 26,000 children age out of foster care.
In most U.S. newborn adoptions, adoptive parents are selected by the birthparents of the child, and, in at least half of the cases, the birthparents and adoptive parents have met. Domestic adopters usually appreciate the opportunity to build a relationship with their child's birth family. While ongoing contact is increasingly common, the extent of contact varies significantly. Depending on the situation, and the laws of the state where the family lives and where the baby is born, prospective adoptive parents may cover some of the living and medical expenses of the birthmother. For a chart of state adoption law in the U.S., see the Adoptive Families website: www.adoptivefamilies.com/adoptionlaws. Despite myths to the contrary, domestic newborn adoption remains alive and well in the United States. Current estimates of the annual number of infants adopted domestically (excluding foster and relative adoption) range from 25,000 to 30,000—more than all international adoptions combined. Moreover, the process can go much more swiftly that you might imagine. In a 2007 Adoptive Families survey, the majority of respondents were matched with a birthmother in less than 12 months, and 15% got "the call" to travel after the baby had already been born, without a prematch. In most U.S. newborn adoptions, adoptive parents are selected by the birthparents of the child, and, in at least half of the cases, the birthparents and adoptive parents have met. Domestic adopters usually appreciate the opportunity to build a relationship with their child's birth family. While ongoing contact is increasingly common, the extent of contact varies significantly.
Estimated Cost: $15,000 to $25,000. Costs can total considerably more in certain circumstances. Profile of Children: Privately adopted babies in the U.S. are usually newborns. Parent Ages: There are no legal restrictions in most states, but many or most birth families select the family for their child, so parents who are younger than 25 or older than 45 may wait longer to be selected. Family Status: No regulation, but birthparents may be looking for a couple rather than a single parent, and a family with few or no other children. Travel: The adoptive family must satisfy the laws of the state where the baby is born before they can bring the child to a different state. Depending on the state, this may take just a day or two or several weeks. Timeline: A baby cannot be legally relinquished before birth. Most experts advise prospective adoptive parents to be careful about making an emotional commitment to a potential birthmother too early in her pregnancy.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
Who Chooses International Adoption?
U.S. families adopt approximately 20,000 children from other countries each year. Families choose intercountry adoption for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the family does not meet agency guidelines for domestic adoption but qualifies for intercountry adoption. Sometimes families wish to adopt from the country of the family’s ethnic origin, or they are acquainted with others who have successfully adopted overseas. Typically, the waiting time (and sometimes the total costs) for an intercountry adoption are more predictable than for the adoption of a child born in the U.S. Often families who pursue an intercountry adoption speak of their desire to parent a child who really needs a family as much as the family needs the child. (However, the humanitarian desire to ―save a child‖ is generally not considered sufficient motivation for a successful adoption.)
How Do I Adopt from Another Country?
Typically, intercountry adoptions are handled by private nonprofit adoption agencies. Public agencies for the most part do not participate in intercountry adoption. Some agencies that handle domestic adoptions also work in intercountry adoption, although there are many agencies that specialize only in intercountry adoption. In a few countries families may adopt independently, either hiring a local attorney to find an adoptable child or using their own contacts in the country. To enter the United States under current immigration laws, the child adopted internationally must be orphaned or abandoned or have only one living parent. If you are planning an independent intercountry adoption, make sure you receive knowledgeable counsel concerning the ―orphan visa‖ law and understand your legal responsibilities and risks.
How Will the Hague Convention Affect Intercountry Adoptions?
In 2000 the U.S. ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, an international treaty to improve accountability, safeguards, and cooperation in intercountry adoption. Since the treaty came into effect in the U.S., in April 2008, its provisions have governed adoptions from other Hague countries. Adoptions from countries that have not joined the treaty will not be afected. Agencies and individuals will need special accreditation to handle adoptions from the more than 70 Hague member countries. Consult the State Department for a list of approved service providers.
Who Are the Children?
Children through age 15 are eligible to come to the United States for adoption, and children aged 16 and 17 are eligible if their siblings have been adopted by U.S. families. The majority of children from other countries who are adopted by U.S. families are young; over the past ten years, 46 percent were under 1 year of age and an additional 42 percent were between the ages of 1 and 4.
What Are the Costs?
The cost of an intercountry adoption can range from about $15,000 to more than $40,000. The least expensive international adoptions occur with countries that do not require adoptive parents to travel or reside abroad to complete legal formalities. If the adopting family has a lengthy stay in the child’s country of origin, the cost of adoption can exceed $40,000.
Are There Other Considerations?
Families considering intercountry adoption must understand that the background and health information they will receive about their child will likely be incomplete and may be unreliable. Frequently changing political situations increase the uncertainties of intercountry adoption, and countries may open or close without notice. Adopting a child from another country almost always means that the adoptive family will become a transracial or cross-cultural family, which presents special responsibilities. For the child to develop self-esteem and pride, family members must incorporate into their lifestyle elements of the child’s original culture, including friendships with people of the child’s ethnicity. Arming your child against racism is another duty of transracial families. Many families report, however, that embracing another culture is one of the unanticipated joys of intercountry adoption.
How Do Internationally Adopted Children Do?
Studies show that most children do well, often overcoming occasional early malnutrition and deprivation to become happy, emotionally healthy adults. Ongoing parenting education and support from competent and caring professionals (medical, psychological, rehabilitative, or educational, as required) contribute to a child’s healthy growth. With lots of love and patience, the results can be magnificent! Source: adoptivefamilies.com
General information about intercountry adoption: http://adoption.state.gov/hague/overview/parents.html Country-specific overview of adoption requirements: http://adoption.state.gov/countryinformation.html Post-adoption issues and reporting: http://adoption.state.gov/about/how/postadoption.html Annual intercountry adoption statistics: http://adoption.state.gov/pdf/adoption_visa_issuance_2009.pdf Hague information http://adoption.state.gov/hague/overview.html
...for in you, the fatherless find compassion. Hosea 14:3
How do I select an agency?
The following agencies have been highly recommended by others who have successfully walked the path of adoption. It is best to ask people who have gone before you for advice along the way. You should also search for yourself what each of the following organizations have to offer and which countries they work with as you consider the one for you to partner with on this road to adoption. Some considerations to take into account are the countries they work with, if they are Hague/non Hague countries, the fees, and the resources they provide for the adoptive parents before and after the adoption.
Adoption Advocates International
Country Programs: Ethiopia, China, Thailand, Washington State http://adoptionadvocates.org
Adopt Florida Home Studies
Home Studies and Counseling P.O. Box 159 DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435, Phone: 850-951-0616 www.adopt-florida.com
All God’s Children International
Country Programs: Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nepal, Rwanda, Taiwan, Ukraine www.allgodschildren.org
America World Adoption
Country Programs Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Rwanda, Ukraine www.awaa.org Bethany Christian Services Domestic, Intercountry, Embryo Adoptions Country Programs Bulgaria, China, Columbia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Philippines, Russia, S Korea, Taiwan 1716 East Olive Road Pensacola, FL 32514-7553 850.478.6789 www.bethany.org
Buckner Children’s Homes
Domestic and International Adoptions Country Programs Russia, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Japan 5200. S. Buckner Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75227 214.321.4530 or 866.236.7823 www.beafamily.org
Children’s Home Society
1300 N Palafox St # 103 Pensacola, FL 32501-2678 (850) 266-2700 www.chsfl.org
Christian World Adoptions
Country Programs Bulgaria, china, Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine www.cwa.org
Gladney Center for Adoption
Domestic and Intercountry Adoptions Country Programs: U.S., Haiti, Ethiopia, Uganda Nepal, India, Mongolia, China, S Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand *6300 John Ryan Road Ft. Worth, TX 76132-4122 817.922.6000 *TAMPA FL-Phone number 813.265.8444 www.adoptionsbyglandey.com
FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview
Foster Care & Foster Care Adoption 5401 West Fairfield Dr. Pensacola, Florida 32506 866-313-9874 (toll free) 850-453-7763 (FAX) www.familiesfirstnetwork.org
Holt International Adoptions
Country Programs: Haiti, Ethiopia, Uganda Nepal, India, Mongolia, China, S Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand P.O. Box 2880 1195 City View | Eugene, OR 97402 Phone: 541.687.2202 | Fax: 541.683.6175 www.holtinternational.org
Domestic and International Adoptions Corporate Office – there are 3 locations in the U.S. 10306 Business 21 Hillsboro, MO 63050 Phone: 636.797.4100 Fax: 636.789.4978 www.lovebasket.org
Nightlight Christian Adoption Agency
Country Programs China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Taiwan, Uganda, Ukraine www.nightlight.org
The Adoption Center
Adoption Attorney 3 Clifford Drive Shalimar, FL 32579 Phone: 850-651-5225 Toll Free - Florida Only: 800-708-8888 www.adoptioncenter.org
National Embryo Donation Center
11126 Kingston Pike Farragut, TN 37934 866.585.8549 www.embryodonation.org
Families Who Have Adopted:
Will & Kristin Banker email@example.com Adopted Domestically & from Ethiopia Andy & Amy Bell firstname.lastname@example.org Adopted from Ethiopia Chris & Kelly Brown email@example.com Adopted Domestically Chris & Kim Forehand firstname.lastname@example.org Adopted from Ethiopia Kevin & Missy Hickman email@example.com Adopted from Liberia Paul & Susan Kummer firstname.lastname@example.org Adopted from China & India
Steven & Bobbi Roe 850.803.4042 Adopted Domestically Steve & Tammy Wright email@example.com Adopted Domestically
www.adoptivefamilies.com www.tapestrybooks.com www.adopting.org www.adoption.com www.rainbowkids.com www.comeunity.com/adoption (contains up-to-date lists of medical clinics that specialize in working with children adopted internationally) www.karensadoptionlinks.com www.adoptiontravel.com (cultural and travel preparation) www.adoptlanguage.com/thebooks.htm (language) www.buildingblocksforknowledge.com (language CD’s for children)
UAB International Adoption Clinic, Birmingham 1600 7th Ave, South, CPPI 410 Birmingham, AL 35233 205-939-6964 http://adoption.chsys.org International Adoption Clinic, University of Minnesota 516 Delaware St. SE #4-100 Minneapolis, MN 55455 612-624-1164 www.peds.umn/edu/iac International Adoption Clinic, Vanderbilt 8102 Doctors’ Office Tower 2200 Children’s Way Nashville, TN 37232 615-936-6800 http://www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/interior.php?mid=259
Adoption Nutrition & Medicine
The SPOON Foundation The Center for Adoption Medicine Project Hopeful (HIV/AIDS) From HIV to Home Center for Disease Control Early Steps Children’s Medical
www.spoonfoundation.org www.adoptmed.org www.projecthopeful.org www.fromhivtohome.org www.cdc.gov http://www.sacred-heart.org/page.asp?ID=553
Other Helpful Sites
Attachment & Bonding Attachment Child Trauma Academy Infant Massage Learning Disabilities Sensory Processing Disorder Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Touch Research Institute
www.attachment.org www.deborahgray.com www.childtrauma.org www.babybabyohbaby.com www.schwablearning.org www.sensory-processing-disorder.com www.sinetwork.org http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research
Help & Encouragement
We have asked others for their recommendations of books, magazines and websites that were helpful to them as they pursued adoption. The following are the most frequently and highly recommended resources.
Reclaiming Adoption, Dan Cruver, Editor Adopted for Life, Russell D Moore Too Small to Ignore, Wes Stafford The One Factor, Doug Sauder There is No Me Without You, Melissa Faye Green The Red Letters, Tom Davis Fields of the Fatherless, Tom Davis Small Town, Big Miracle, W.C. Martin Saving Levi, Lisa Bentley The Castaway Kid, R.B. Mitchell The Adoption Network, Laura Christianson Thriving as an Adoptive Family, David and Renee Sanford The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns Wounded Children, Healing Homes, Jayne E Schooler Parenting from the Inside Out, Daniel Siegel Hello, I Love You: Adventures in Adoptive Fatherhood, Ted Kluck Successful Adoption: A Guide for Christian Families, Natalie Nichols Gillespie Talking to your Young Children about Adoption, Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher Are Those Kids Yours? - Cheri Register Inside Transracial Adoption – Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents – Deborah Gray Parenting is Your Highest Calling and 8 Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt – Leslie Leyland Fields Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie Eldridge Boundaries with Kids, Henry Cloud & John Townsend The Connected Child, Karyn Purvis Created to Connect (study guide to The Connected Child), Karyn Purvis Empowering, Connecting & Correcting Principles, TCU Child Development (DVD) The Complete Book of International Adoption, Dawn Davenport Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child, Patty Cogen Children of Hope, Vernon Brewer From Ashes to Africa, Josh & Amy Bottomly When Love is Not Enough, Nancy Thomas
―A‖ Is For Adopted; Eileen Tucker Cosby Shaoey and Dot; Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman A Thunder & Lightning Bug Story; Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman Adopted and Loved Forever; Annette E. Dellinger Adoption Is For Always; Linda Walvoord Girard How I Was Adopted; Janna Cole Black Like Kyra, White Like Me;Judith Vigna Did My First Mother Love Me? A Story for an Adopted Child;Kathryn Ann Miller Families Are Different; Nina Pellegrini Happy Adoption Day!; John McCutcheon I’m Brown and My Sister Isn’t; Robbie O’Shea It’s Okay to be Different; Todd Parr Never, Never, Never, Will She Stop Loving You; Jolene Durrant Over Land and Sea- A Story of International Adoption; Steven Layne Things Little Kids Need To Know; Susan Uhlig Tsunami Sam; Teri Lane We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo, Linda Walvoord Girard When You Were Born In _____ ; Brian Boyd Why Am I Different?; Norma Simon
Adoptive Families Magazine Roots and Wings Adoption Today
Websites & Forums
Empowered to Connect www.empoweredtoconnect.org Adoptive Dads www.adoptivedads.org Adoption Learning Partners (online education) www.adoptionlearningpartners.org TCU Institute of Child Development (Dr Purvis) www.child.tcu.edu Child Welfare Information Gateway www.childwelfare.org United States Department of State www.adoption.state.gov Abshiro Kids (Ethiopia Culture Connection) www.abshirokids.com A 4Ever Family (Attachment, Hope, Healing) www.a4everfamily.org Bethany Christian Services Forum www.bethany.org—click forums Hair and Skin Care www.groups.yahoo.com/group/adoptionhair_skincare/
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows is God in his holy dwelling. Psalm 68:5
The Heart of God Adoption & Orphan Ministry
www.Passion127.org 850.419.2563 firstname.lastname@example.org