Adoption Resources

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Great adoption resources come in many different mediums, and sometimes what a website or forum can't tell you, an adoption professional may be happy to help with. Other times, it may just be easier to find information and forms on your own. And, obviously, no person is going to read off data that can be found on government and organization's websites.

One of the largest adoption resources is the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, or Child Welfare Information Gateway, which was established in 1986 and is still government-run. The CWIG has resources on everything from basic adoption processes to research and the methodology for reporting and minimizing child abuse and neglect.

Peers are another great adoption resource, they can give non-professional help with adoption-related issues. Adoptive parents, adoptees and birth parents can usually find support groups in their community or use online forums to express their needs and to receive feedback.

But sometimes a problem is beyond the scope of an adoptive parent and his or her peers. A non-responsive child may have attachment issues that need resolution that only a trained professional can supply. Adoption professionals, such as attorneys, counselors and case workers are all adoption resources that handle some of the most extreme cases in the adoption community.

The helpfulness of an adoption resource depends on how well you use them, which means knowing when to ask for help or understanding what you're looking for. Which, of course, starts with a little research.

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