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Using Blogs as an Adoption Resource

Using Blogs as an Adoption Resource

Compared to an Internet forum, bloggers have only their word, and as such, readers do not have any other opinions with which to immediately compare the views put forth in blogs about adoption. On the other hand, for the most part adoption blogs are run by individuals who are, if not experts on the subject of adoption, may be proficient at researching the topic and experienced writers all around. In other words, what an adoption blog lacks in quantity of responses may make up for in quality of information contained within.
Next to official websites of government organizations charged with regulating adoption in the United States, adoption blogs may have less factual information, especially considering an adoption blog may be the creation of one person and maintained by just that one individual. Nonetheless, whereas users might look toward reference sites as cold, impersonal reads, adoption blogs will often be written with a certain sense of creative flair and their owners can better convey the emotions that tend to accompany the adoption process. An adoption blog may function not only as a news source, but likewise as form of entertainment and soapbox for particularly politically-motivated writers.         
Where adoption blogs might also have an advantage over other written media is giving their audience a visual perspective on topics related to adoption. As an adoption blog may be more informally run by an individual or couple as opposed to a business or journalistic entity, the owner(s) might see fit to include photos of the child they adopt and subsequently raise. Some blogs are even run via webcam as video blogs and users may find it rewarding to feel as if a close friend is  speaking to them directly and offering advice.
As with forums, adoption blogs may be colored by opinions and distortions of fact as suits their owners’ political persuasions. Unless the writer is a trusted authority on the subject of adoption, one would be wise to look elsewhere for information, or at least take his or her writing with a proverbial grain of salt.

What Are Adoption Centers

What Are Adoption Centers

Adoption centers differ based on what their primary objective is. In aiming to learn more about adoption from an adoption center, it is necessary to distinguish an adoption agency that has the legal authority to bring children and adoptive families together from a “resource center” that only acts as a general guide to prospective parents on the specific topics under the adoption umbrella and a reference point for agencies that can process adoption applications.
If what you seek is the latter, all you likely need to do is visit the official website or request an informational pamphlet from the center for free information on adoption or a particular subset of the subject.
On top of textual details, private adoption centers, like social services, might let you look for free at a photolisting. In some instances, meanwhile, applicants may opt to go directly to the source and schedule a consultation with an agent from the adoption center.
Many adoption centers advertise free consultations with licensed representatives in which possible customers can ask questions tailored to their specific concerns and receive immediate feedback relating to their original queries. People who go this route are urged to be cautious about reading the fine print on any advertisements, though, to make sure there are not stipulations to a supposedly free conversation. 
Prospective adoptive parents are advised to think twice about moving forward with any centers/agencies with placement privileges by signing a legally binding contract. If an item within the terms of service or the overall vibe you get from an agency is discomfiting, it stands to reason you should shop around elsewhere. 

Ultimate Guide to Popular Adoption Books

Ultimate Guide to Popular Adoption Books

Adoption Information

Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong
Families by Patricia Irwin Johnston

This is a book that gives
useful adoption information and how adoption can build and strengthen a family.
The book covers adoption information about
adoptions domestically

The Complete Book of
International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child by Dawn

A book that contains
well-researched adoption information and an overview of
 adopting a child internationally.

The Adoption Guide by Adoptive
Families Magazine

Provides a detailed
introduction to any family thinking about adopting a child. The resource is printed
yearly to include up-to-date information.

Track Adoption
 by Susan Burns

Provides adoption information
pertaining to procedures involved with adoption, conducting interviews,
consulting with attorneys, and following legal requirements using a results-oriented
approach. It is designed to ease the stress in an emotionally difficult time in
a person’s life.

Books on Parenting After Adoption:

Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family

by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy
Lyons Sunshine

An extensive parenting guide
detailing techniques and adoption information for brand new adoption parents,
this book gives techniques specifically on ways to teach your adoptee child
self-awareness and self-esteem.

by Mary Hopkins-Best

This book provides a
comprehensive overview of the early childhood stage of an adopted child from
ages 1 to 3. It explains ways to get the most joy out of raising the child and
how to overcome certain challenges that may arise.

Books on Adoption in Society:

Strangers: Portrayals of Adoption and Foster Care in America, 1850-1929

By Claudia Nelson

This book details the history of adoption from
1850 to 1929

Adoption Nation: How the
Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America

By Adam Pertman

This book covers attitudes that
have been adopted into our society and provides adoption information about how
the role of adoptive families has become broader in society.

What You Didn’t Know About The History of Adoption Resources

What You Didn't Know About The History of Adoption Resources

The beginning of the 20th Century marked the progressive era in American politics. Many social shifts in population and advancements in industry required a pragmatic approach to balancing the polar interests coming from American cities.
At this time, effective adoption resources did not even exist. A certain societal stigma existed towards the adoption of parent-less or abandoned children, as it was something that simply did not occur. 
Horrible conditions in orphanages coinciding with other societal changes began to illuminate the necessity to undertake great changes in adoption resources. Although few books on adoption exist from this time period, individuals like Jane Addams began bringing much needed attention to similar problems that existed in the early 20th Century.
Certain underlying prejudices prevented the widespread reform of adoption practices at this time and improvements in orphanages was a meager start.
One of the largest impediments to adoption reform taking place on a grand scale was eugenics and similarly race-based sciences that attempted to classify a person’s capability and worth through means of racial profiling. The fact that children in orphanages were unwanted seemingly fit with Darwinian theories of survival of the fittest, and thus, their predicament was preordained. 
Adoption resources began to undergo true growth with individuals writing books on adoption, such as The Adopted Break Silence. Adopted herself, Patton brought light to the trends of similar children feeling scorned by society and the nation began to finally question adoption resources on a larger scale.
Adoption resources are still under-funded and ignored but changes have occurred on an enormous scale. The nation as a whole needed to strip their preconceived notions of adoption and truly attempt to reintroduce adopted individuals into society. During the mid-20th Century, books on adoption began popping up helping to bring much needed attention to the issues.

What Are The Adoption Resources Online

What Are The Adoption Resources Online

Depending on the type of adoption an individual or couple is trying to initiate, different agencies will be overseeing the process. With purely domestic adoption, there are State websites tha can assist in the process. Most of these State websites, aside from merely serving as a reference for first-time adopters, also act as a connect between prospective parents and children waiting for adoption.          
It should be noted a site does not have to actually represent an adoption agency or other entity that offers placement services to be of help with adoption. Many non-profit foundations like the National Adoption Foundation are committed to offering financial assistance to adoptive parents, and in doing so, offer this aid for adoption online through their sites.
Other sites like the Child Welfare Information Gateway, to boot authorized by the Federal Government, serve as comprehensive references for fact sheets and other materials for adopting parents as well as other concerned parties looking for information and statistics on child abuse, neglect and other child-centered topics.
It should go without saying that any resources for adoption online should be assessed for quality before relying exclusively on the veracity of the information they offer. Just because a page offers a wealth of information does not make it all true.

Read This Before Going to Local Officials

Read This Before Going to Local Officials

Prospective adoptive parents looking for an adoption resource capable of meeting their informational needs may wish to consult websites and other online outlets.
Especially in the case of adopting from a State’s child welfare system, a State’s Department of Health and Human Services or Department of Social Services will be a necessary adoption resource to consult, as it will be the bureau with the authority to process adoption claims within that particular jurisdiction. A State or regional adoption resource center will likely be partnered with such a department, and so it will have contact information for that wing of the State Government.
It should be noted that regardless of the relationship between an adoption resource center and an adoption resource comprised of local officials, the name of the official entity designed to govern adoptions from public care is subject to a State’s design. For example, in the State of New Jersey, adoptions are routed through the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) as a subset of the Department of Children and Families, and DYFS has offices all throughout the State.
One thing a State Department might want to help families decide is what relationship they exactly want to have with a child. Of course, for our purposes, adoption would probably be the preferable option, but for some caretakers, they may wish to simply foster a child. Then again, State social services might serve as an adoption resource center and liaison to a private agency.
As local officials are servants of the public’s interests and they may even place children for free, it may be worthwhile to go to them and obtain information first if you are on the fence about adoption. If nothing else, agents of the State may be able to convince you that you do not have to be perfect to adopt a child in need.