Jennifer Grant, Chicago Tribune columnist and author of the forthcoming book Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter, graciously offered the following list of resources to assist you in researching the topic of adoption. Follow her book blog for more stories and topics related to adoption.
Adoption placement, funding and educational organizations:
This Oak Park, Illinois, adoption agency “provides quality services for all in the adoption triad: birth parents, children and adoptive families. We specialize in domestic and international adoption and humanitarian services for African, African-American, multiracial, HIV+ and other special needs children. We believe that all children have a right to loving and permanent homes.”
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
This foundation, according to the website, “exists to be an agent of change in the lives of children in North America waiting to be adopted out of foster care and in the attitudes of adults who, either unknowingly or helplessly, allow children to linger in government systems without the birthright of every child—a safe, loving and permanent family.”
Evan B. Donaldson Foundation
The Adoption Institute’s mission is “to provide leadership that improves adoption laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.”
Show Hope Foundation
Show Hope is a non-profit organization that mobilizes individuals and communities to meet the most pressing needs of orphans in distress by providing 1) homes for waiting children through adoption aid grants, and 2) life-saving medical care for orphans with special needs.
Humanitarian Relief and Development:
These organizations promote health, education and justice to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, including orphans.
Action International Ministries (ACTION) is a global mission agency committed to sending multi-national missionaries who treasure Jesus Christ and minister His Gospel in word and deed, primarily to the poor. Missionaries such as Susanna and Thomas Smoak serve street children in Latin American countries by rescuing abandoned children, working to reunite children with relatives. They also work to develop a foster care network rooted in local churches and to support needy families in high risk areas of Sao Paulo.
Begun in 2005 by Linda Wilkinson, an American woman in Zambia who hoped to support one widow and seven orphaned children, the Chikumbuso project now serves hundreds of people impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic by providing refuge for abused children, job training for widows and single mothers, and education for hundreds of orphaned children.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders delivers medical help to populations endangered by war, civil strife, epidemics or natural disasters. Doctors work worldwide in front-line hospitals, refugee camps, disaster sites, towns and villages providing primary health care, performing surgery, vaccinating children, operating emergency nutrition and sanitation programs and training local medical staff.
PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. PATH helps to provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies to improve global health and well-being.
“Saddleback Church has chosen to make the care of orphans and vulnerable children a signature issue of our church. We are providing meaningful ways for every person to engage in caring for orphans through local churches at home and around the world. If you’re exploring adoption or foster care internationally or domestically, we’re ready to serve you.”
World Bicycle Relief
People in underdeveloped regions of the world are suffering every day due to lack of access to health care, education and economic development opportunities. Bicycles are simple, sustainable and appropriate technology to support people in developing nations and disaster recovery. The mission of World Bicycle Relief is to provide access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision’s “Empowerment, Respect, and Equality Project” improves the well-being of girls and women in Zambia through academic scholarships loans, and business training. bold call for justice and reconciliation around gender issues in development.
Books for Adults about Adoption:
Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption by Scott Simon
Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope by Mary Beth Chapman, Steven Curtis Chapman and Ellen Vaughn
In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friends by Elisabeth O’Toole
Loved By Choice: True Stories That Celebrate Adoption by Susan Horner and Kelly Fordyce Martindale
Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir by Jessica O’Dwyer
Talking with Young Children about Adoption by Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher
The Family of Adoption by Joyce Maguire Pavao
The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption by Karen J. Foli and John R. Thompson
Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best
Books and Websites about Parenting and Family Life:
The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a T.V.-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a T.V.-Free Kid by Ellen Currey-Wilson
Eatdinner.org (Research, Education and Resources on the Benefits of Eating Dinner with Your Family)
Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) by Lenore Skenazy/freerangekids.com
The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids by Todd Christopher
Inspiringmoms.com (online tools to find “greater balance, success, and happiness in motherhood.”
Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen
Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, Joan Declaire and Daniel Goleman
The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well by William Sears, Martha Sears, and Elizabeth Pantley
The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting by Christie Mellor
Books for Children:
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
Brown Like Me by Noelle Lamperti
I Don’t Have Your Eyes by Carrie A. Kitze
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis
Families Are Different by Nina Pellegrini
Let’s Talk About It: Adoption by Fred Rogers
Lucy’s Family Tree by Karen Halvorsen Schreck
May There Always Be Sunshine by Jim Gill
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
You Are Special by Max Lucado