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Where to start for Information on Domestic Adoption:

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General Information on Domestic Adoption:

  • American Adoption Congress' homepage has a list of local adoption support groups in the US, and internationally.

  • OTIS provided accurate evidence-based, clinical information to patients and health care professionals about exposures during pregnancy and lactation. This is a great resource for those considering a domestic adoption match. If you know that the birthmom is taking a certain pharmaceutical drug and you want to understand the risks to the fetus check out the OTIS fact sheet on various exposures of concern.

  • The Child Welfare Information Gateway is one of the best places to begin researching any form of adoption. Their domestic adoption page provides resources on all forms of domestic adoption, including foster care, kinship/relative, infant, customary (Native American), and independent adoptions.

  • A great video explaining the different types of domestic adoption. This is a great starting place. Differences between private, public, and independent.

  • The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Adoption by Elizabeth Swire Falker This book shines as a general introductory guide to all forms of adoption. Falker brings her expertise as both an adoption attorney and adoptive parent to this book. Falker adopted domestically, and I thought her domestic adoption chapters were the strongest. I particularly liked her chapter on Managing a Domestic Adoption, which included a great discussion about the do’s and don’ts about talking with potential birth mothers. This is not the only book you will need, but it is a good first step.

  • Two good articles dispelling the myths about domestic newborn adoption in the US: "Perception & Reality: The Untold Story of Domestic Adoption" and "The Truth About Domestic Adoption" both by Eliza Newlin Carney.

  • Comparing different types of adoption:

    • This may be self promoting, but I think the chart I included in my book (The Complete Book of International Adoption) at the end of Chapter 1 is the best quickie summary of all major types of adoption I have seen. Your local library likely has a copy or will order it through interlibrary loan, if you

    • The Child Welfare Information Gateway has a fact sheet comparing the different types of adoption. Adoption Options At-a-Glance

  • State Laws on Adoption: The Child Welfare Information Gateway has a summary of State laws addressing the following domestic adoption issues: Consent to Adoption, Post adoption Contact Agreements Between Birth and Adoptive Families, Regulation of Private Domestic Adoption Expenses, Rights of Presumed (Putative) Fathers, The Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements, Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption.

  • Someone’s Missing: This free booklet encourages parents to be proactive in finding an expectant mother who is considering an adoption plan. Lots of good advice, including tips for the first phone conversation with the expectant mom. The authors approach the search and adoption from a spiritual perspective.

  • Unveiling the Adoption Process, tells the stories of 7 families as they adopted a total of 12 children. It includes not only details of the process, but also sections outlining what each family did right and what they would do differently if they adopted again. Each chapter also contains information about family and friends' reactions to their decision to adopt.

  • "Adoptees Do Not Lack Self-Esteem: A Meta-Analysis of Studies on Self-Esteem of Transracial, International, and Domestic Adoptees" - study states, "there are no differences in self-esteem between adopted and nonadopted children and no differences in self-esteem between transracial and same-race adopted children." Psychological Bulletin, 2007

  • On Your Feet Foundation is dedicated to assisting birth mothers in achieving the personal and financial independence they need to take care of themselves and their families after placing a baby for adoption. They provide peer support and networking, vocational counseling and mentoring and educational grants. There are two locations: one located in Northern California open to birth mothers living in Northern California or who placed a child with a Northern California family, and one located outside of Chicago open to birthmothers living in Illinois and Indiana.

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Domestic Adoption Blogs:

Our list of domestic adoption blogs can be found on our Adoption Blogs page.

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