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Adoption Resources


The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse – 330 C Street SW, Washington DC 20447, (703) 352-3488; fax (703) 385-3206; (888) 251-0075

National Adoption Center – 1-800-TO-ADOPT;International Soundex Reunion Registry, P.O. Box 2312, Carson City, NV 89702 – This group helps adopted children and their biological parents find each other. However, they will disclose no identity unless all parties agree to a reunion. Birth parents and children may register with the organization, and when the child becomes of legal age, if both parties are registered and still desire to meet each other, Soundex connects them.

Small World Adoption Foundation – St. Louis, Missouri, National Committee for Adoption. Tel: (202) 328-1200


Adoption Network


Haithman, D. (1984, June 14). Someone to Love My Baby. Social Issues Resource Series (Family), 3, Article 31. The article focuses on open adoption and the experiences of people involved in open adoption.

Kopecky, G. (1977, June). Singles Who Adopt. Social Issues Resource Series (Family), 1, Article 88.

Landers, R.K. (1987, December 11). Independent Adoptions. Social Issues Resource Series (Family), 3, Article 100.  This article discusses the trends and controversy over independent adoptions.

Larsen, D. (1988, May 22). Becoming a Parent Again. Social Issues Resource Series (Family), 3, Article 100.  This writing addresses the increasing number of grandparents’ raising of grandchildren.

Sinisi, J. S. (1985, November 24). Faded Dreams, Failed Adoptions. Social Issues Resource Series (Family), 3, Article 58.  This article on older adopted children notes the disruption of families and failure of adoption that often occurs with older kids.


Brodzinsky, D.M., Marshall D.S., & Henig, R.M. (1992). Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self. New York: Anchor Books Doubleday.  This book uses the voices of adoptees and the theories of development psychology to reflect and observe how being adopted impacts human development. Following Erik Erikson’s psycho-social stages of development, the author illuminates various concerns that adoptees have experienced over their lifetime. The author helps readers rethink how to handle adoptions and how society can respond to adoption in a more positive, pro-social way.

Melina, L.R. (1987). Adoption: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide. New York & London: Garland Publishing.  The annotated bibliography, beginning in 1974, on books and audio-visual resources is readable by the layperson on adoption issues. The issues cover infant adoption, open adoption, special needs adoption, inter-country adoption, minority adoption, rights of birth parents, psychological effects of adoption, contact between birth parents and adopted children.

Paul, E. (1989). The Adoption Directory. Gale Research Center, Inc.. This comprehensive manual of state statutes concerns adoption, adoption exchange, foreign requirements for adoption, independent adoption agencies, foster care, and support groups. Each of these sections is divided by state. For more information, contact Gale Research, Inc., Department 7748, Detroit, Michigan 48277-0748. To order, call: 1(800) 877-GALE.


The Scrapbook Experience: Building a Child’s Identity. (Available from National Adoption Exchange, Child Welfare League, and Image Associates). Social worker Carol Williams demonstrates how scrapbooks can help adopted and foster children understand and deal with feelings about their past. 16 min.

Special Needs Adoption: Resources for Success. (Available from University of Pittsburgh).  This resource provides discussion of “special needs” adoptions. It is intended to help potential adoptive parents decide whether to adopt children with special needs. 55 min.

One of the Family. (Available from National Adoption Exchange and Child Welfare League).  Through the experience of one family, this video shows the difficulties and adjustments of older child adoptions for both the parents and the children. 27 min.

I Don’t Know Who I Am. (Available from Time Life, Inc.).  A sixteen-year old searches for her biological mom and dad. Based on book, FIND A STRANGER, SAY GOODBYE, by Lois Lorry. It was first presented as an NBC “Special Treat on Television.” 30 min.

Moving Into an Adoptive Family. (Available from National Adoption Exchange). This resource discusses difficulties often experienced when a child moves into a new family. 20 min.

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