Adoption Learning Partners: Provides educational adoption resources for adopted individuals, parents, families and professionals through web-based and timely, interactive courses. Visit http://www.adoptionlearningpartners.org/ for more information.
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute: A non-profit organization that dedicates itself to adoption by improving the current policies and practices of adoption. Visit http://adoptioninstitute.org/ for more information.
The National Council for Adoption: A non-profit advocate group promoting adoption through research, legislative action and education. They provide information about adoption, birth mother testimonials, adoption resources and links to adoption agencies. Visit http://www.ichooseadoption.org and https://www.adoptioncouncil.org for more information.
The National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search: Provides a customized search for foster care and adoptive resources by state through the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Visit http://www.childwelfare.gov/nfcad for more information.
Sherri Eldridge: Author, Speaker, and Adoption Advocate: Sherri’s website is a great resource for adoptees, parents and social workers to learn about adoption. Visit http://www.sherrieeldridge.com for more information.
AdoptUSKids: A national project that connects children in foster care with families. Visit www.adoptuskids.org.
Visto: An Iowa-based organization dedicated in providing local and online resources, education and support for members of the adoption triad. Visit www.vistoadoption.com for more information.
The American Adoption Congress: An organization that strives for public awareness of adoption, adoption reform and facilitating reunification with birth families. Visit http://www.americanadoptioncongress.org/ for more information.
The Children’s Home Society & Family Services: Provides help in guiding children into permanent and loving homes, while also preparing children for success through early childhood care and education. Visit http://www.chsfs.org for more information.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: An organization created for children in foster care who are awaiting permanent family placement, while also providing useful adoption resources. Visit http://www.davethomasfoundation.org for more information.
The National Resource Center for Adoption: A part of the Children’s Bureau that provides current information on child welfare adoption, while the vision is to provide permanent families for children. Visit http://www.nrcadoption.org/ for more information.
The North American Council on Adoptable Children: Committed to finding permanent families for children in North America that are waiting to be placed with permanent families. Visit http://www.nacac.org/ for more information.
Spaulding for Children: A child welfare agency that strives to find permanent homes for children that have been waiting in either adoptive situations or foster care for long periods of time. Visit http://spaulding.org for more information.
Birth Parent Resources:
Birth Mothers for Adoption: A blog for birth mothers to write about their experiences with adoption in order to connect and share with others. Visit http://birthmothers4adoption.blogspot.com/ for more information.
The Infant Adoption Training Initiative: Understanding infant adoption is a federally funded training program for counselors to present the option of adoption to women. Visit http://www.infantadopt.org for more information.
Pregnancy Options: Provides free information and resources to expecting mothers to find the right option for their personal situation. Visit https://www.itsaboutlove.org/ial/ct/eng/site/pregnant/ for more information.
Adoptive Parent Resources:
The Adoptive Families Association of BC: Dedicated to provide support, education and connections to adoptive families, and to find permanent families for children. Visit http://www.bcadoption.com/ for more information.
The Adoptive Family Support Network: Provides information and resources specifically for adoptive families who are either in the process of adopting or have already adopted. Visit http://afsn.org/ for more information.
The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association: A great resource for both adoptive, kinship and foster families to find and receive required training in Iowa. Visit http://www.ifapa.org/ for more information.
Voice for Adoption: Speaking Out for Our Nation’s Waiting Children: Advocates that work closely with the legislature and other organizations to help children waiting in foster care become adopted. Visit http://www.voice-for-adoption.org for more information.
Department of Human Services: A compiled list of certified and licensed adoption investigators in the state of Iowa. View the list here.