Adoption Resources & Links
The links below offer valuable information about adoption. CAP recommends them for parents who wish to educate themselves or get started in the adoption process. We do not claim responsibility for any of the information on the independent resource websites. If you run into difficulties accessing a specific website, email firstname.lastname@example.org to alert us to the problem.
Adoptive families and tax preparers need to read the forms carefully because at first glance it does not look like they can do it unless they actually spent money of their own - tell them to keep reading!!
American Academy of Pediatrics: Directory of pediatricians with a special interest in adoption and foster care medicine.
Children's Defense Fund: The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.
Child Welfare Information Gateway: Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care. Includes information for prospective and adoptive parents; information about searching for birth relatives; and resources for professionals on recruiting adoptive families, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, and providing post-adoption services.
Child Welfare League of America: The mission of the Child Welfare League of America is to ensure the safety and well-being of children and families. The CWLA advocates for the advancement of public policy, and sets and promotes the standards for best practice.
Circle of Moms: Get advice from thousands of other moms in an online private sharing circle for sharing family updates
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
AdoptUSKids: Finding families for our nation's waiting children. The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids is supported through a cooperative agreement between The Children's Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, the US Department of Health & Human Services and the Adoption Exchange Association. Collaboration partners include: Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, Northwest Adoption Exchange, Holt International Children's Services and The Adoption Exchange Inc.
Adoption Tax Credit:
Please note the following: The Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) increased the credit’s value from $12,150 (in 2009) to $13,170 in 2010 and made the credit refundable for 2010 and 2011. The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-312) made changes to the law by extending the credit through 2012, but as a non-refundable credit for the amount up to $12,650. As for now, if there is not any Congressional action taken to advance or extend the credit, in 2013 and in following years, the adoption tax credit will be limited to special needs adoption finalizations and will only be available for qualified expenses for up to a $6,000 limit.
Federal Tax Credit for Those Adopting With a Subsidy, By Margaret A. Burt, Esq.
Updated Information, 2009
As of tax year 2003, those that adopt a “special needs” child in NYS can claim a federal tax credit in the year that they adopt for each child that qualifies. This was a major change from the past when the only persons who could claim tax credits were families who had actually paid out monies to do the adoption. That tax credit still exists and is available but now our child welfare adoptions of a foster child eligible for a subsidy can take a tax credit even though the family themselves have hadno out of pocket expenses.
President Obama’s health reform bill has upped the amount of the credit and in tax year 2010, the tax credit is $13,170. The family’s income is a factor – in 2009 they had to earn less than $222,180 to take the full credit but that amount will be changed yearly to reflect inflation, so check for the 2010 number. Prior to 2010, you could carry over the credit 5 years until it was used up! But under Obama’s new healthreform bill, if the credit is more than your tax liability, the difference is refunded instead ofhaving to spend years “using up” the credit!!
THIS IS A GREAT HELP - particularly for foster families that are adopting multiples. The definition of the “special needs” child that the IRS uses for purposes of eligibility includes ALL of the reasons that we give subsidies in NYS so anyone adopting a foster child who is entitled to a state adoption subsidy in NYS can take this credit if their income is within the guidelines.
Clients need to tell their tax preparers about this - many tax folks may not know about this as it is still relatively new and somewhat obscure. They should be especially careful to make sure the tax preparer understands that this is different than the rules before 2003 which required that the adoptive family have out of pocket expenses. They should tell the tax preparers that the forms to use are:
• IRS Form 8839 and
• Instructions for Form 8839.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a non-profit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 140,000 children in North America's foster care systems. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's, created the Foundation in 1992 to assure that every child has a permanent home and a loving family.
Evan B. Donaldson Institute for Adoption: Research, laws, practices and policies related to adoption.
Federal Travel Adoption Services: Dedicated to providing the quality travel services necessary to bring adoptive families together.
Orphan Foundation of America: Awards scholarships to eligible former foster youth. They are now accepting applications for scholarships (up to 10,000 per year) for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Voice for Adoption: A national coalition that has been established to actively encourage and advocate for national policies that address barriers to the adoption of waiting children and increase the understanding among the public, the media, and decision-makers of the needs of these children and the families who adopt. Voice for Adoption speaks out to insure permanent, nurturing families for our nation's most vulnerable children and to strengthen support for families who adopt.
Adoption/Foster Care Literature
Adoptive Families: The award-winning national adoption magazine is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.
Creating a Family
A Blog that provides education and resources for infertility and adoption
Fostering Families Today: a magazine about you---the parents, children and dedicated professionals in the child welfare system providing foster care and domestic adoption to children.
The Voice of Youth in Foster Care
Tapestry Books: Online adoption book store for learning about adoption: how to adopt, international adoption, domestic adoption, and adoptive parenting, as well as adoption books for children and professionals.
Unconditional Commitment:The only Love that Matters to Teens, by Pat O' Brien from You Gotta Believe!
Adopt America Network: Adopt America Network is dedicated to helping place children with special circumstances, whether they are physical, emotional or something else (for instance, older children and/or siblings).
Adoption Exchange Association: AEA is the lead agency in AdoptUSKids, a Federal grant through the Children’s Bureau, to recruit adoptive families for children waiting in foster care across the United States. AEA is also the membership organization for Adoption Exchanges, currently serving approximately 40 member agencies across the country.
Adoption Learning Partners: Adoption Learning Partners offers an array of interactive, e-learning courses that will increase each participant's understanding of the joys and challenges of adoption.
A Real Family, A Memoir: A blog about an irrestable family encouraging older child adoption
Bethany Christian Services: Private, licensed, non-profit adoption and family service agency, serving 30 states from over 70 locations and in 13 international countries
Foster Parent Assistant
provides foster parents with a central location for keeping track of information on each their foster children. It will track the name, DOB, date arrived, biological parent name, etc. for each foster child. In addition, foster parents can enter information on each foster child's social worker and attorney if desired. View more features and download
Foster Parent College: Provides online classes for prospective and current foster and adoptive parents
Foster Care & Adoptive Community: Online training program dedicated to working with "at risk" children