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ORPHAN MINISTRY AND ADOPTION. These websites have been identified
through our independent research. If you have suggestions for additions to this
listing, please email us with your feedback. Thank you!
ORPHAN CARE RESOURCES:
Orphan Care Resources, an initiative of The CoMission for Children at Risk, exists to
equip believers to care for orphans.
Their vision: A Believer in the Life of Every Orphan!
The website provides information, resources and events for international orphan
care, church orphan ministries, adoptive or foster families, and anyone
caring for the fatherless in any way.
They describe their website as follows: Orphans are clearly close to our Father's
heart, and He has opened doors of opportunity for His people to address the physical,
emotional and spiritual needs of these precious children whom He loves so deeply.
Many believers around the world have responded to God's call to care for orphans
and street children. Now Orphan Care Resources provides the information believers
need to be equipped to do what God has called us to do.
At present, much of the information on this website is focused on orphans and
adoption movements in Russia and Eastern Europe.
The Orphan Care Resources website allows ministries and other orphan
care/adoption organizations to post a listing and profile on the website.
CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE FOR ORPHANS:
Description on their website:
"The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 100 respected Christian
organizations and a national network of churches. Working together, our joint
initiatives inspire, equip and connect Christians to “defend the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:
"Ultimately, we seek to stimulate and help grow Christian communities committed to
adoption, foster care and global orphan care in the local church. Our united efforts
include the national Summit, the Orphan Sunday campaign, monthly webinars, and an
array of other initiatives.
"As the Alliance helps Christians understand God’s call to care for the orphan
and equips them for effective response, the impact reaches far beyond a
single program or met need. Rather, an ever-expanding army of passionate
advocates invest time, talent and treasure in a personal and sustained commitment to
caring for orphans in the name of Christ.
"Alliance membership includes three primary categories: organization, church and
individual. Regional or National Alliances of churches may join as affiliates of the
Alliance. Together, all Alliance members advance a vision larger than any one of us.
Without the Alliance, most members would work in isolation or even competition.
Instead, the unifying leadership of the Alliance creates shared impact no one
organization, church or individual could achieve alone."
Churches may join the Alliance without having to pay a membership fee.
CHILD WELFARE INFORMATION GATEWAY:
Here's a great website from the U.S. government: The Child Welfare Information
Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and
families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the
general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare,
child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.
On this website, you will find an excellent guide to adoption :
Who can adopt?
Characteristics of children waiting for families
Finding an agency
Adoption by family type
Contact with birth family
Relevant adoption laws, policies, and legal considerations.
Although Adoption.com is loaded with advertisements for various agencies and
services, it provides a wealth of information on almost every aspect of adoption.
Adoption.com describes its mission: "Adoption.com is committed to helping as many
children as possible find loving, permanent homes. We also provide critical
information at the decision-making moment to women facing crisis pregnancies.
"We assist adoptees and birthparents to find birthfamilies, and we help hopeful
adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true.
"We are especially committed to helping special needs children in the U.S. and
around the world, who otherwise wouldn't be able to find families."
Most Adoption.com are free community services, including: photolisting of waiting
children, adoption reunion registry, and online support forums.
The Adoption.com founders (Nathan Gwilliam and Dale Gwilliam) and employees have
had an extensive heritage and experience with adoption and fostering, which spans 6
generations. Adoption.com websites have been built with experience that includes
adoptive parenting, foster parenting, adoption search, social work, unplanned
pregnancy, and adoption law.
Just be aware that you will see a lot of paid advertising on the Adoption.com websites.
Of course, without the paid advertising, this website would not be able to provide all
the information and services about adoption.
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION:
Founded in 1980, the National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is an adoption advocacy
nonprofit that promotes a culture of adoption through education, research, and
their areas of focus are infant adoption, adoption out of foster care, and intercountry
adoption. Passionately committed to the belief that every child deserves a nurturing,
permanent family, they serve children, birthparents, adoptive families, adoption
agencies, U.S. and foreign governments, policymakers, media, and the general public
as the authoritative voice for adoption.
On NCFA's website, families interested in adoption will find an excellent listing of
resources and information. Families are also invited to participate in the
"intercountry adoption journey", a training program developed in
cooperation with the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the U.S. Department
The original Intercountry Adoption Journey 1.0 launched in February 2008 as one of
the first Hague certification programs offered to parents and adoption professionals.
By January 2011, NCFA had certified more than 10,000 adoptive parents and
adoption professionals through its Hague-compliant online training. NCFA's Hague-
compliant training has been recognized by many accredited adoption agencies, as
well as by adoption authorities in several Hague and non-Hague nations. Families
are invited to become members of NCFA. NCFA's Adoption Advocates have a unique
opportunity to unite with a community of people who are passionate about adoption
and share the belief that every child deserves a loving, permanent family.
NCFA members will help make a difference in the lives of thousands of children
waiting to be adopted and play a key role in promoting a culture of adoption in our
nation and around the world through advocacy, social networking, blogging, and
sharing with others the personal impact of adoption in their lives.
NCFA welcomes all who share in the belief that every child deserves a
loving, permanent family. Our members include adopted individuals, birthparents,
adoptive parents, families, social workers, students, and adoption professionals from
all walks of life.
FAMILIES FOR RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN ADOPTION:
With chapters across the US and members around the world, Families for Russian
and Ukrainian Adoption provides international adoption support resources for families
completed through adoption in Eastern European and Central Asian countries. FRUA
provides a community that nurtures children and supports parents, family and
adoption education resources, and the world-class FRUA National Education
The adopted children of FRUA's families come from all former Soviet bloc countries
and republics, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Belarus, Romania
and many more. FRUA believes that every child deserves a forever family and
celebrates the rich heritage of our children's birth countries. Their Orphan Support
efforts ensure we never forget the children left behind in those orphanages.
From it's beginnings in 1994 as a local Washington DC parent group to its growth as
an international, multi-chapter support resource, FRUA continues to focus on the
* To improve the lives of children
* To strengthen families
* To share the culture and heritage of our children
* To provide peer group support for our children
* To provide peer group support for parents
* To promote a reality-based perception of our children.
This is an excellent website for those who have adopted or plan to adopt from Eastern
ADOPTIVE FAMILIES MAGAZINE:
Adoptive Families, the award-winning national adoption magazine, is a leading
adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.
On the Adoptive Families website, you will find a wealth of information about adoption
and may access some of the articles published in the printed version of Adoptive
Families Magazine. The website provides many links to adoption information, as well
as sections about books, FAQs, groups, events, blogs, and experts on adoption.
The website also provides a listing of adoption professionals by state for those
adopting in the USA.
The website gives you a "taste" of what Adoptive Families Magazine is all about.
Those who wish to learn more about adoption may wish to subscribe to the magazine.
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT'S INTER-COUNTRY ADOPTION WEBSITE:
Thinking of adopting a child from another country? You will find an excellent guide to
inter-country adoption on the U.S. State Department's Inter-Country adoption
website. The website provides up-to-date information on adoption requirements from
many different countries.
Each year thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from abroad, and many families in
other countries adopt U.S. children.
Inter-country adoption is governed by both the laws of the country in which the child
lives and the country in which the adoptive parents live.
Under U.S. law, there are two distinct inter-country adoption processes: the Hague
Convention process and the non-Hague Convention process. Which process you will
follow will depend on whether or not the other country involved is also a party to the
Hague Convention. This website guides you through and answers your questions
about these processes.
DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR ADOPTION:
Focusing on adoptions from the foster care system, the Dave Thomas Foundation for
Adoption website provides several comprehensive (and free) guides to adoption.
Finding Forever Families, a Step-by-Step Guide to Adoption, is published in English
and in Spanish. There's also a separate version for Canadian adoptions. A post-
adoption guide is available in English.
You will also find information about financial assistance for adoptions.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption describes its mission: "We believe that we
have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a
family. We exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster
care in North America. In the process, we work to inform adults who may have
misperceptions about foster care adoption that keep them from getting involved.
Through the money we raise, we are able to provide free educational resources,
promote awareness, assist policymakers and employers, and support adoption
professionals and agencies throughout the United States and Canada to ensure that
every child finds a forever home."
Goals: "Every child deserves to live in a safe, loving and permanent family. No child
should linger in foster care or leave the system at age 18 without a permanent family
of his or her own. Every child is adoptable."
NATIONAL AMERICAN COUNCIL ON ADOPTABLE CHILDREN:
Through advocacy, education, adoption support, and leadership development in the
U.S. and Canada, NACAC helps to reform systems, alter viewpoints, and change lives.
NACAC services include the following:
- Support parent groups and other community leaders in their efforts to advocate
for waiting children and adoptive families in their communities;
- Host one of the most comprehensive adoption training conferences in North
America, with more than 100 accredited workshops for parents and
- Inform parents, professionals, and others about waiting children and other
issues related to foster care and adoption through our quarterly newsletter
Adoptalk and other publications;
- Conduct training sessions and workshops on adoption subsidy, child welfare
reform, transracial adoption, and other issues related to foster care and special
- Offer leadership training to adoptive, foster, and kinship parents to help create
and enhance support groups for families in their communities;
- Create and disseminate publications that provide resources, information, and
support to adoptive families and prospective adopters;
- Provide phone consultation and materials to address parents' questions about
adoption subsidies for children with special needs.