Resources for Adoptive Families
Adoption Medicine Specialists
- American Academy of Pediatrics offers a searchable listing of pediatricians who specialize in adoption and foster care medicine, including international adoption clinics
Adoption Parenting Pathways
- Adoption Parenting PathwaysAdoption Parenting Pathways offers a searchable database to find adoption-related information, resources, and support. Information about adoption camps, retreats, homeland tours, and support groups are available. Visitors will also find listings for adoption-competent service providers, including therapists in specific geographic areas. Other resources include articles, workshops, classes, and webinars.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Autism NOW Center Local AgenciesThis directory is a growing collection of agencies across the United States that offer services and resources centered on autism and other developmental disabilities. You can browse agencies by state, see which county and city the agency is located in, if applicable and view which resources each agency provides.
- National Children’s Alliance Member locationsA national network of Child Advocacy Centers offers resources, referrals and information regarding the investigation process. Children’s advocacy centers emphasize the coordination of investigation and intervention services by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multidisciplinary team to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases.
- Wrightslaw Yellow Pages For KidsFind educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state. You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Mental Health Services
- Bethany Christian Services ADOPTS and Family Counseling Services
- American Association of Marriage and Family TherapistsThis Directory will assist you in locating a marriage and family therapist in your area. The listed therapists are Clinical Members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The directory provides information on the therapist’s office locations and availability, practice description, education, professional licenses, health plan participation, achievements and awards and languages spoken. Once you have obtained a list of therapists in your local area, call and interview several over the phone to determine which one is the best match for you.
- Association for Play TherapyAn online directory to help the public find licensed mental health professionals with Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisors (RPT-S) credentials which demonstrate that they have satisfied educational, training, and experiential criteria.
- HelpPro Therapist FinderFrom anywhere in the country, people in need of services quickly find the exact resources they need in their own communities. Stress and anxiety are reduced, as the user locates the therapist whose office has wheel-chair access, can make home visits, speaks Chinese, or who has experience working with the survivors of incest.
- North American Association of Christians in Social WorkAvailable information will include NACSW members’ names, cities and states/provinces of residence, highest earned degrees, business phone numbers, personal websites, and a listing of any social work services offered to the public (for example, counseling services, case studies, consulting to church social ministries, etc.).
- American Association of Children’s Residential CentersAll programs listed are members of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, The Alliance for Children and Families, or both. Every program has a different capacity and licensure often based on age, gender, and needs of the child and family. All programs listed do accept private referrals for placement, although availability, method of payment, and other placement criteria are determined by the provider.
- The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and ProgramsMembers include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs working with teens. Members must:
- be licensed by the appropriate state agency authorized to set and oversee standards of therapeutic and/or behavioral healthcare for youth and adolescents or accredited by a nationally recognized behavioral health accreditation agency
- have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician
- aspire NATSAP Ethical Principles and NATSAP Principles of Good Practice
- ARCH National Respite NetworkThe National Respite Locator Service helps parents, family caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local area to match their specific needs.
Search and Reunion
- Child Welfare Information Gateway’s National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search
- Support Groups for Adopted Adults and Those Searching for Birth Relatives - Includes groups that offer support and information to adopted adults, birth parents, and relatives involved in a search for birth family members, and for birth family members not necessarily involved in searching.
- Accessing Adoption Records – Includes contact information for State or territory services that provide access to information in adoption records to those affected by adoption. Release of adoption records is governed by State or territory law, and not all States or territories provide systems for accessing adoption records. Search results for this category include contact information for:
- State Reunion Registry or State Search Information - Provides contact information for State or territory registries that allow adopted adults, birth parents, and sometimes birth siblings and adoptive parents to consent (or withhold consent) to have their identifying information from adoption records released. Not all States and territories provide information from adoption records through reunion registries.
- Confidential Intermediary Service - Provides contact information for court-appointed confidential intermediaries, through which adopted adults, birth parents, and other birth relatives can consent to the release of information from adoption records, exchange information, and/or make contact, if a reunion is desired. Many, but not all, States and territories have established confidential intermediary services.
Sensory Processing Disorder
Services for Children with Disabilities
- Center for Parent Information and Resources
Families with a child who has a disability often need information about the disability of their child, about early intervention (for babies and toddlers), school services (for school-aged children), therapy, local policies, transportation, and much more. Every State has at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) to offer families just this kind of information. Many States also have a Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC), which offers the same type of support and training to parents of children with disabilities.
Speech Therapists and Audiologists
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Find a ProfessionalThis online directory of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Programs contains valuable information about thousands of programs that employ audiologists and speech-language pathologists who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Substance Abuse Treatment
- North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)NACAC’s parent group database contains almost 900 adoption-related support groups from across the United States and Canada. You can search the database by state or province, or by the type of group or the group’s activity. The search term field allows you to enter in any information you like: contact name, group name, city, activity, etc. Please note that the parent groups listed do not necessarily reflect NACAC’s positions or policies.
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