Issues in Adoption and Foster Care

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Explore issues that are being debated in the adoption and foster care communities. Adoption by gays and lesbians, transracial adoption, child welfare, and best practices are some of the issues under the microscope.

Charting Rough Seas Ahead for Foster and Adopted Kids

As the parent or caregiver of an adopted child or foster child, it is helpful to think ahead about times when the young person may have questions about his past, his family or his identity.... [more]

False Abuse Allegations

Child abuse is a national tragedy and greatly under-reported; however, many don't realize that 1/3 to 1/2 of all alerts are mistaken or unfounded. Learn why false allegations may occur, what parents can do, and where to find help.... [more]

Foster Care Reform

Former foster children are joining together to push for reform. Advocate William Ritchotte explains what's needed and how to get it done.... [more]

Gay & Lesbian Adoption

Organizations and groups state their positions supporting or condemning adoption by lesbians and gay men.... [more]

Library of Articles: Issues in Adoption & Foster Care

Library of articles on the site about issues of concern in adoption and foster care.... [more]

Adoption Language

The way we talk about adoption has evolved over time as we become more aware of the complexities of our relationships and the way children and adults react to words, nuances, and connotations. Resources for present and future parents, families, teachers.

Fraud & Scams

Adoption fraud and scams exist. Learn what they are, how to protect yourself in advance and report unethical and illegal practices.

Open Records & Open Adoption

The issues of open adoption (post-adoption contact between adoptive and birth families) and open records (adult adoptee access to their original birth information) are two of the hottest topics in adoption today. Learn more here.

Parental Rights

Safe Havens

Laws and programs allowing anonymous abandonment exist in the U.S. and abroad. Proponents say they save lives and guarantee anonymity, opponents say they harm women and children. Resources include laws and programs, nationwide hotlines, and position state

Child Welfare Testimony
Vincenette Scheppler, M.S.W., testified before the NY State Commission on Child Welfare.

Families for Kids of Color
This report from the Kellogg Foundation examines the difference between media-promoted misconceptions and reality, and sets out guidelines for adoption reform. (In .pdf format)

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