International Adoption

Adoptive Families (http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/) is an award-winning national adoption magazine and website - a great source of adoption information for pre- and post-adoptive families.

ComeUnity: Adoption Parenting Support (http://www.comeunity.com) is one of the largest and oldest parent support sites for adoption on the internet. Founded in 1996, they provide parent to parent support on international adoption, special needs adoption, how to adopt, adoptive parenting, adoption health, and more. Comeunity is well known for its in-depth articles and resources for adoption and special needs. Comeunity also has an Adoption Email Lists (Listserves) Directory. Recent awards include top International Adoption site from the national magazine, Adoptive Families and the book, How to Adopt Internationally.

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (http://www.ccainstitute.org/) The CCAI International Program facilitates ongoing communication, adoption education, and fact-finding trips between government entities on an international scale.

Ethica: A Voice for Ethical Adoption (http://ethicanet.sitesteaders.com) is a nonprofit corporation that seeks to be an impartial voice for ethical adoption practices worldwide, and provides education, assistance, and advocacy to the adoption community.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (http://www.adoptioninstitute.org), founded in 1996, is a national not-for-profit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. The Adoption Institute is a reliable, unbiased and respected voice for ethical adoption practices that respect all people touched by adoption.

Joint Council on International Children's Services (http://www.jointcouncil.org/) is one of the oldest and largest affiliations of licensed, non-profit international adoption organizations in the world. Their membership includes adoption agencies, child welfare organizations, parent support groups and medical specialists with an interest in intercountry adoption.

 National Adoption Information Clearinghouse

(http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/adoptive/other_country.cfm) is a comprehensive resource on all aspects of adoption.  Type "international adoption" in their Search box at the upper left corner of their homepage.  

NJARCH New Jersey Adoption Resources Clearing House

(http://www.njarch.org) is a State-Funded service that provides support to all members of the adoption constellation. Their goal is to direct people to appropriate adoption services in New Jersey.  From the NJARCH homepage go to Web Links in the left column. This will take you to their Adoption Web Links page - click on International Adoption for links to excellent web sites on international adoption.

Additional adoption websites with links to good information on international adoption:

http://www.adopt.org (National Adoption Center)






U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children Issues (http://adoption.state.gov/) provides Travel Warnings, Public Announcements and Consular Information Sheets on International Adoption by country.

USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS or BCIS) (www.uscis.gov). This website is the U.S. government information center for immigration forms, fees, and fingerprints. Go to the forms and fees link and scroll down to find I-600/I-600a forms.

Passport Services Office (http://travel.state.gov/) The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport. This website has a link to downloadable passport application forms. See also: http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/ This website will allow you to find the nearest location to apply for a passport. It is provided by the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Passport Services/Customer Service, which designates many post offices, clerks of court, public libraries and other state, county, township, and municipal government offices to accept passport applications on its behalf.

New Jersey Department of Children and Families – Office of Licensing. The Bureau of Licensing maintains a list of "Adoption Agencies Approved to Provide Adoption Services in New Jersey" on their website.  To download this list that work with domestic and international adoptions and are licensed by the State of New Jersey log onto: http://www.state.nj.us/njfosteradopt/services/links/  For further information or to call when gathering information on adoption agencies, call  877-667-9845. You should also contact the Bureau of Licensing in each state in which the agency you are considering is licensed (note: the NAIC website has a comprehensive list with state contact information).



Tapestry Books (http://www.tapestrybooks.com) Adoption Book Catalog based in Hillsborough, New Jersey (800) 765-2367. This online bookstore has a great selection of books on adoption for parents and children.  When you go to Tapestry through the CPFA link (www.cpfanj.org) then CPFA gets a percentage of the sale.

Adoptive Families Magazine, Adoption Guide 2013/14 (https://www.adoptivefamilies.com/order/adoption_guide.php). You'll find everything you need to know about how to adopt, including links to great overview articles, personal stories, tools and checklists, and adoption attorney and adoption agency listings across the country. Don't start the adoption process without this resource!


Adoptive Families (bimonthly) 1-800-372-3300 (http://www.adoptivefamilies.com)

Adoption Today (bimonthly) 1-888-924-6736 (http://www.adoptinfo.net)

Adoption e-Magazine (http://www.adopting.org/)

Adoption Institute (AI) Newsletter (monthly) (http://adoptioninstitute.org/)

Rainbow Kids An International Adoption Publication e-magazine (http://www.rainbowkids.com)


LISTSERVES (Moderated International Adoption Email Discussion Groups/Lists)

International Adoption Listserves by Country: Adoption ComeUnity http://www.comeunity.com

China: Families With Children From China http://www.fwcc.org

Viet Nam: Families with Children from Viet Nam http://fcvn.org

Latin America: Latin American Parents Association of Northern New Jersey http://www.lapa-nnj.com

Eastern Europe: Eastern Europe Adoption Coalition, Inc. http://www.eeadopt.org

Russia and Ukraine: Families for Russian and Ukranian Adoption http://frua.org



International Adoption Medicine and Health Information Websites
http://www.comeunity.com/adoption/health/index.html http://adoption.about.com/od/international/a/medicalinfo.htm

Directory of International Adoption Medical Clinics and doctors in the US and Canada specializing in international adoption medicine. http://www.comeunity.com/adoption/health/clinics.html

Jane Aronson, MD. International Pediatric Health Services, PLLC, New York, Phone: 212-207-6666 http://www.orphandoctor.com/

Lisa Nalven, MD. Valley Center for Child Development Adoption Screening and Evaluation Program, Ridgewood, NJ Tel: (201)447-8151 http://valleyhealth.photobooks.com/directory/profile.asp?dbase=main&setsize=10&last=nalven&first=Lisa&pict_id=2005820

Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP, Global Pediatrics, International Adoption Medical Support Services, East Brunswick NJ. Tel: (732) 432-7777 www.globalpediatrics.net

NJ Daily Record Article: “Children, Prospective Parents Caught in Limbo of US-Russian Diplomatic Tiff”, January 13. 2013.  Russian Adoptions Article- Children prospective parents caught in limbo- Paladini 1-13-13


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