Adoption Resources & Networking

Welcome to the IAC Adoptive Parent Resources page! We have compiled some of the best adoption resources for you to review and use throughout your adoption journey.



IAC ONLINE ADOPTION FORUMS

Membership is exclusively for adoptive parents and birthparents working with the IAC.

Our adoption forums are a wonderful resource for support during and after your adoption. Becoming a member is valuable because you can:

  • Connect with other waiting families and families who have already adopted through the IAC
  • Ask questions, participate in discussion and offer support on open adoption topics
  • Receive important messages from the IAC
  • View monthly adoption statistics
  • Share in the joy of being part of an open adoption community

Click here to go to our online adoption forums.

IAC SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

Adoptive Parent Support Groups are held every month in locations across the country. These meetings
are one of the services the IAC provides for full service clients. If you are an IAC waiting family or
an IAC family completing your post-placement requirements in California, please see the client resources page (at /clients) to find the location nearest you. Please call ahead to verify meeting times and locations, as they are subject to change.

IAC OPEN ADOPTION MAGAZINE

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LGBT ADOPTION RESOURCES

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THINGS TO DO WHILE WAITING

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PREPARING FOR BABY

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INTERNET RESOURCES

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ADOPTION BOOKS & MAGAZINES

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WEBSITES

  • The Adoption Clubhouse
    The Adoption Clubhouse is a program of the National Adoption Center, whose mission it is to expand adoption opportunities throughout the United States. The Adoption Clubhouse is designed, authored and formatted by adoption professionals who believe that adoption is not the end but the beginning of a lifetime of experiences and relationships heightened by the unique aspects of being adopted. The Adoption Clubhouse is designed with your child's adoption needs in mind. Through the activities and information on this site your child can experience a sense of belonging to a wider adoption community of peers.
  • Kids' Adoption Network
    The Kids' Adoption Network, is a website run by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) for children to get together to play games, make art projects, and talk about all kinds of things—especially being adopted.
  • Teens Only Adoption Network
    The 'Teens Only' is a website run by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) for teens to get together to talk about being adopted.

SCHOOL & BEING ADOPTED

Adoptive Families
The magazine and Internet site, Adoptive Families, have put together a great page of resources for adoption and school. With downloadable handouts and information for your child's teacher, inspiring ideas for adoption presentations and creative approaches to the family tree assignment, advice from experts about development and learning styles, suggested books to read and donate to your child's school, and more, make this your first source for school preparation.

ADOPTION BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

  • Tell Me Again about the Night I was born – by Jamie Lee Curtis
    A unique celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the world. Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a heartwarming story, not only of how one child is born but of how a family is born.
  • A Mother for Choco – by Keiko Kasza
    A profound message, endearingly and subtly delivered. Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, but he doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him and he soon learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together.
  • The Day We Met You – by Pheobe Koehler
    Designed to be read aloud to an adopted child this is a book where adoptive parents narrate the loving preparations made for the day they took their child home.
  • The Tummy Mummy – by Michelle Madrid-Branch
    The Tummy Mummy is the first children's book, in the Adoption Means Love series, inspiring children of adoption as it sensitively and beautifully portrays the thoughts and feelings of birthmothers and adoptive parents.
  • How I was Adopted – by Joanna Cole
    This book expertly negotiates a middle course that provides children with some excellent, age-appropriate background on adoption within the context of a fictional profile of a happy, energetic child growing up in a loving home.
  • Beginnings: How Families Come to Be – by Virginia Kroll.
    Parents and children discuss how their families came to be, covering birth families, adoptive families, two-parent families, and single-parent families.
  • The Mulberry Bird – by Anne Brodzinsky
    Although she loves her baby very much, a young mother bird gives him up for adoption because she is unable to give him the home, which he needs.
  • Adoption is for Always – by Linda Girard
    This well written book succeeds as a story of a young girl Celia who reacts to having been adopted with anger and insecurity, her parents help her accept her feelings and celebrate their love for her by making her adoption day a family holiday. Includes factual information about the adoption process.