Selected National Adoption Agencies
The following national adoption organizations provide information and support on adoption and adoption-related issues. Some specialize in a particular area, such as children with special needs, whereas other organizations provide information on children from specific countries. Some organizations are interested in the adoption of all types of children. Contact the organizations for more information. Note that this list is only a sampling of the many groups that directly or indirectly deal with adoption. Some organizations provided addresses and phone numbers, but several prefer to be contacted by e-mail or their website.
Adoption Exchange Association
8015 Corporate Drive, Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21236
The main contractor for The Collaboration to AdoptUSKids, a federal project promoting the adoption of foster children in the United Statesby recruiting adoptive parents.
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
P.O. Box 33053
Washington, DC 20033-0053
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys was formed in 1990 by a group of attorneys wishing to improve adoption laws and practice in the United States and abroad. Membership by invitation.
American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adoption and Foster Care
141 Northwest Point Blvd.
Elk Grove, IL 60007
This organization, a division of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a professional association for pediatricians and offers a nationwide directory of pediatricians interested in adoption and foster care medicine.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
4288 West Dublin Granville Rd.
Dublin, OH 43017
This organization supports public awareness of adoption. It was founded by the late Dave Thomas, an adopted person. It has been instrumental in promoting the importance of adoption grants and loans to corporations.
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA)
P.O. Box 2944
Merrifield, VA 22116
This is an active international parent support network of families who have adopted children from Eastern Europe and who seek to adopt. FRUA offers chapters nationwide and sponsors conferences and an updated website.
Families Like Ours
P.O. Box 3137
Renton, WA 98056
206-441-7602 or 425-793-7911
This is a nonprofit group devoted to the needs and support of nontraditional adoptive families.
Families with Children Adopted from Bulgaria (FaCAB)
7933 NE 124th St.
Kirkland, WA 98034
This is a national support group for families with children adopted from Bulgaria.
Families with Children from China
This valuable website provides comprehensive information on adopting from China, as well as links or addresses for the many state and city organizations of Families with Children from China.
Families with Children from Vietnam
10009 Whitestone Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27615
This is a national support group for people who wish to adopt or have adopted children from Vietnam. It has chapters throughout the United States and offers a newsletter and many resources.
Guatemala Adoptive Families Network
P.O. Box 176
Watertown, MA 02471
This is a national organization for families who have adopted or seek to adopt children from Guatemala.
Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN)
P.O. Box 5585
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
This is a national group for adoptive parents of Korean children, Korean-born adopted adults, and Korean Americans to meet and share perspectives. Offers a national conference, a weekly e-mail newsletter, and a resource website.
National Adoption Center
1500 Walnut St., Ste. 701
Philadelphia, PA 19102
This organization provides information and agency referrals to people interested in adopting children with special needs. Also works actively to promote public awareness of children who need families. Provides a photo-listing service of “waiting children.”
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
330 C St. SW
Washington, DC 20447
1-888-251-0075 or 703-352-3488
The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse offers a broad array of adoption information for adoptive parents, adoptees, and birthparents, much of which is free of charge.
National Council For Adoption
225 North Washington St.
Arlington, VA 22314
This organization is a national advocacy and information group comprised of agencies, attorneys, and individuals. It provides information and assistance on many adoption-related areas, lobbies on adoption issues, and answers media queries about a broad array of adoption topics.
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Ave., Ste. 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
NACAC concentrates on laws, issues, and policies related to adoptive placements of children with special needs. Provides information and assistance. Holds an annual conference in either the United States or Canada. Publishes an informational newsletter.
National Center for Adoption Law & Policy
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
This organization offers updated legal information on adoption laws and legal news throughout the United States.
National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoption1
6250 Northland Drive, Ste. 120
Southfield, MI 48075
This organization provides practical and helpful information and assistance on adopted children with special needs.
Somerville, MA 02144-1731
This is the headquarters of the national infertility information group. They also offer information on adoption. RESOLVE has chapters nationwide.
Stars of David International, Inc.
3175 Commercial Ave., Ste. 100
Northbrook, IL 60062-1915
1-800-STAR-349 or 773-274-1527
Stars of David is a nonprofit information and support network for Jewish prospective parents, adoptive families, adopted adults, birth families, and the Jewish community, with chapters in many states nationwide as well as abroad.
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