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What Can RainbowKids Do For Me

What Can RainbowKids Do For Me

Some adoptive parents may have many questions about how to raise a child with special needs. Rainbow Kids, started by founder Martha Osborne in 1996, is a collection of informational adoption resources whose mission is to provide an advocate voice specifically for those children in public care waiting for families.
As the website itself mentions explicitly, Rainbow Kids is not an adoption agency and will not place children for adoption. As the name implies, though, Rainbow Kids is devoted to publicizing information on children of all walks of life across the globe. Accordingly, on its page, there are sections for international photolistings and information for parents on adopting from individual countries.
Rainbow Kids is a particularly valuable source of information because it is updated regularly and the information it provides comes from so many different channels. Chief among them is the free online magazine hosted on the official Rainbow Kids website. A weekly E-newsletter on adoption is also available to those who subscribe, as well as a national database of families looking to adopt, adoption guides and resources.         
Additionally, for those who are on the fence about adoption support groups, Rainbow Kids is by no means a dead end in this regard. On its page, information is regularly posted on adoption support groups and national adoption events, and there is a featured section on community networking for adoptive parents. 

Learn About The Adoption Groups and Organizations

Learn About The Adoption Groups and Organizations

The Cradle of Hope Adoption Center is an adoption agency in the full sense of the word and oversees both domestic and international adoption. 

Dave Thomas Foundation
It was through the success of Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurants that the late Dave Thomas became internationally known. As a result of that claim to fame, though, Thomas, an adoptee himself, was able to do what is arguably his most important work: advocating for the adoption of foster care children on a national and international level. 
Some Internet websites are devoted solely to serving as another means for adoption.

National Adoption Foundation
Some “adoption foundations” may offer to be of assistance to prospective adoptive parents only to be little more than unaccredited private agencies that will provide little background information or adoption assistance to those who apply.
The National Adoption Foundation, though it does not actually facilitate adoptions, conduct home study assessments, or do any of the legwork in the adoption process, may still be of considerable worth to adopters in that it can connect them to sources of financial aid or means of scheduling long-term systems of payment for adoption that will make the cost feasible.

Holt International
Less trustworthy international adoption agencies may primarily treat what they do as a money-making enterprise than a service to adoptive parents and children without a home or part of a more general unspoken responsibility to help those in need.
Holt International Children’s Services, meanwhile, is a truly international adoption organization in that it has offices in the United States and abroad and is definitely not a member of that category. It serves as a Hague-accredited adoption agency. 
Holt International began when the Holts brought Korean children to their home in Oregon. Today, HICS’s president and CEO is a Korean adoptee, and in terms of the organization’s goals, it seeks to provide what its directors see as God’s plan that all children should be part of a permanent loving home, yet considering at the same time that family reunification and preservation should be considered to be such a home before jumping to placing a child with non-relatives.

Cradle of Hope Adoption Center At A Glance

Cradle of Hope Adoption Center At A Glance

A lot of professionals trained in a particular trade and/or holding a particular interest will advertise as specialists. From a societal evolution standpoint, specialization of expertise was the key to civilization as we know it.
The Cradle of Hope Adoption Center is based out of two locations in Silver Spring, Maryland and Fairfax, Virginia. In more than 20 years of the agency’s existence, over 3,000 children from three foreign countries have been placed in American families by Cradle of Hope adoption services.
The Cradle of Hope Adoption Center is a fully accredited adoption agency and placement service. Most significantly, the Cradle of Hope Adoption Center deals heavily with particular world regions. While a Cradle of Hope adoption may take children from Asia and Latin America, the CHAC is best known for their programs in Russia, Ukraine and other Eastern European nations.
One of their most celebrated initiatives is the Bridge of Hope Summer Program for Russian orphans, which allows them to stay with American families for a period of a few weeks as a means of both providing them with a vacation of sorts, as well as assessing families as prospective adopters.

Understanding The Dave Thomas Foundation

Understanding The Dave Thomas Foundation

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption was created in 1992 as a public, non-profit adoption organization. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has some nationally-publicized initiatives that reflect the spirit of raising awareness about the plight of waiting children so strong within Dave Thomas.
Adoption professionals are encouraged to be aggressive while still being responsible in placing children out of foster care. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is a primary part of that agenda. The program, as the name implies, is child-focused and makes use of grants and funds as an incentive of sorts for those professionals to secure permanent homes for eligible children.
Getting employers to offer assistance to adoptive parents was also a major goal put forth by Dave Thomas. Adoption benefits for employees such as partial reimbursement of adoption expenses and paid adoption leave are of critical importance to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Its yearly Adoption-Friendly Workplace Reports are a valuable tool for the working public to see what benefits potential employers might be able to award them.

History of the Holt International

History of the Holt International

Holt International was started in the 1950s by Harry and Bertha Holt in response to advertisements they had seen concerning adoption from Korea. Their first adoption involved a group of eight Korean children, which would not have been possible without the advocacy of the Holts and their impassioned pleas in front of American legislators to let them and others like them adopt from foreign countries. Congress even passed what was dubbed the “Holt Bill” in the 1950s to accommodate requests of this nature.
While both Harry and Bertha have since passed, Holt International adoptions have continued in the spirit of the Holts’ mission of what they see as God’s plan for all children to live in a permanent, nurturing home. Holt International is primarily based out of Oregon, where the Holts lived, but has centers and partners around the country and in countries like South Korea, China, Ukraine, Philippines, and Haiti.         
Certainly, Holt International is best known for facilitating international adoption and will even offer to expedite certain claims in the event a child possesses minor health conditions that are easily correctable. Before Holt International adoptions are finalized, though, the agency tries to keep birth families intact whenever possible.
When this is not feasible, agents will alternatively move to place children with families that share an ethnicity or culture with a child waiting to be adopted. This does not exclude anyone from applying for Holt International adoptions, but there is indeed a progression at work in processing international adoptions at Holt International.
As much as adoption is for HICS and despite the idea that adoption may bring much joy to American families missing a child, they still are just as invested in preventing adoptions as encouraging them. Holt International has provided technical assistance to the United Nations and the Hague Conference for matters related to adoption, and through its foreign centers has authorized community outreach programs devoted to keeping families together and housing single mothers.
Plus, while children wait for permanent homes, Holt International will try to make foster care as comfortable as possible for them and will make every effort in approving an adoption to make sure children are not trafficked or abused.

AdoptUsKids At A Glance

AdoptUsKids At A Glance

AdoptUsKids is made possible by the cooperation of many individual bureaus and agencies. AdoptUsKids, in essence, is one large national adoption photolisting. 
 
AdoptUsKids, in the vein of similar adoption websites, encourages prospective adoptive families (those who have first completed a home study) to register with the site, build a profile indicating their preferences for adoption, and to briefly describe themselves in hopes of finding a match. It should be noted, though, that licensed caseworkers and adoption agencies may register with the site as well.
         
Then again, if a family has not yet “passed” the home study assessment, AdoptUsKids might still be able to help. Through the site, families in need may request to speak with a family advocate in their State. Plus, prospective parents can log on to the site and read stories from real adoptive parents and adopted children.