Learning From Other Adoptive Families
While each family's situation and each adoption are unique, talking and interacting with families who have experienced the type of adoption you are interested in may be very helpful in understanding what to expect and whether that type of adoption is right for you. Support groups also normalize the adoption experience for members of adoptive families, including adopted people and their siblings. This section provides information on adoptive parent support groups as well as online forums, chats, and blogs.
National Foster Care and Adoption Directory Search
Offers searchable information on a variety of adoption-related organizations and services, including support groups, State officials, and licensed private and public adoption agencies. Prospective adoptive parents can search for agencies in their State and sort results by city, ZIP code, services offered, or languages spoken by staff.
Lists family support groups by location.
Foster/Adoptive Family Associations/Coalitions
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Includes State-level associations/coalitions of families that work to strengthen foster and adoptive parents and kinship/relative caregiver families through training, support, advocacy, and outreach activities.
Adoption Blogs We Love!
Adoptive Families Magazine (2013)
Lists blogs that detail personal adoption stories.
Adoption Email Lists Directory
Offers adoption listservs for parents who have adopted from various countries.
Provides a forum for the discussion of a wide range of adoption-related topics.
Adoptive Parent Support Groups
Adoptive Families Magazine
Helps adoptive parents locate an online parent support groups.
California Kids Connection Forum
Offers a place for families awaiting placement of a California child to share experiences, ask questions, and receive responses.
IAC Adoption Forums Online
Independent Adoption Center
Offers a place to share stories, offer support, and create discussions on adoption topics.