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International Adoption Liaison

The purpose of the International Liaison is to offer assist to pre-adoptive parents who are considering adopting a child from outside the United States. To do this we attempt to network with various agencies and other resources to keep abreast of current trends in international adoption programs. Keeping informed of changes in adoption laws and procedures in the countries that offer children for international adoption. Staying abreast of current CIS procedures and inform members of any changes. Pass on information about services available to families adopting Internationally, such as medical reviews and travel information. For our members we also maintain a resource list of members willing to share their adoption experiences. A Committee representative attends all CPFA General Meetings to answer questions and provide information and advice to attendees who are interested in International Adoptions.

We are currently looking to fill this position. Contact Us for more information.


WEBSITES WITH INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION ISSUES

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 (CCAI) (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://ww.ethicanet.org) 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 (JCICS) (http://www.jcics.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.  Families are encouraged to read the "Assess the Reputation of Licensed, Private Adoption Agencies" publication (http://naic.acf.hhs.gov/pubs.twenty.cfm)

NJ ARCH 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)

http://www.adopting.org

http://www.adoption.about.com

http://www.familyhelper.net


READY, SET, GO --- IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION JOURNEY:

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children Issues (http://www.travel.state.gov/adopt.html) 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) (http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/formsfees/index.htm). 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.  The fee for processing I-600/I-600A applications is $545 plus a $70 biometric fee (fingerprints) for each adult in the adoptive family.

Passport Services Office (http://travel.state.gov/passport/index.html) 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/dcf/divisions/licensing/AdoptionAgency.pdf  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).


BOOKSTORES, BOOKS & GUIDES ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

Alphabet Soup: Books for Kids and Their Parents is a bookstore in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (609) 771-3700 (http://www.alphabetsoupbooks.com/).  This fabulous bookstore is run by a single adoptive mom who has a penchant for selecting great children's books.  In addition, there is a large selection of books on international adoption issues and cultural diversity for parents and children. When you go to Alphabet Soup through the CPFA link (www.cpfanj.org) then CPFA gets a percentage of the sale.

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 2006 Adoption Guide.  This guide is published annually by Adoptive Families Magazine and is also available online (http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/adoptionguide.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!

2006 Report on Intercountry Adoption. The Report on Intercountry Adoption is an extensive compilation of information regarding International Adoption programs and licensed agencies in all 50 states. There are also numerous articles regarding adoption related issues. The Report is a fantastic resource updated and printed annually. Published by the Adoption Resource Center of Connecticut (formerly by ICC International Concerns for Children, Anna Marie Merrill, Editor). Available in hard copy and digital format from the Adoption Resource Center of Connecticut at http://www.iccadopt.org/


ADOPTION MAGAZINES AND E-MAGAZINES/NEWSLETTERS

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://www.adoptioninstitute.org/mail.html)

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

Korea: Adopt Korea List adopt_Korea-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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

Thailand: http://www.neiu.edu/~rghiggin/Thaiadopt/start.html

India: ICHILD Indian Adoption Resources http://www.serve.com/ichild

Guatemala: Guatemala Adopt List Guatemala-adopt@maelstrom.stjohns.edu

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 MEDICAL RESOURCES

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

International Adoption Medical Professionals, Joint Council on International Children’s Services doctor directory: http://www.jcics.org/Doctor%20Directory.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://www.valleyhealth.com/VH_Adoption.asp

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


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