Adoption Assistance by State
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2019)
Compiles a list of postadoption services available in each State, including adoption information, support groups, adoptive family counseling, case management, and information on respite care.
A Bond Beyond Language
Reflects on the success of a family that has adopted five children, including four with special needs, and discusses the various forms of support available for families with similar characteristics.
Disabilities and Challenges Links
North American Council on Adoptable Children (2019)
Offers resources on specific disabilities and challenges that are common in adoption and foster care.
Disabilities/Special Needs Organizations
National Resources for Parents of Children and Youth With Disabilities
Disabilities, Opportunities, Interworking, and Technology (2014)
Explains how parents can promote success for children and youth with disabilities and provides resources related to parenting.
Resources Especially for Foster or Adoptive Families
Center for Parent Information and Resources (2018)
Highlights information, resources, and support groups for families who have adopted children with disabilities, as well as for people working in State agencies or private organizations. Find additional information and websites about disabilities and challenges that are common in adoption and foster care.
Special Needs in Children
RainbowKids Adoption & Child Welfare Advocacy (2015)
Offers information for prospective families considering adopting a child with a medical or developmental condition.
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Administration for Community Living (2019)
Lists federally funded programs that promote public policies about self-determination, integration, and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.
The Theraplay Institute (2018)
Provides therapy intended to enhance the relationship between a parent and a child who has experienced trauma or has developmental disorders.