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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
 private
adoptions domestically
.

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

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.

Fast
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:


The
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.

Toddler
Adoption
 
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:

Little
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.

Adoption Resources Overview

Adoption Resources Overview

Just going into any bookstore, one may notice just how many texts are available on child care. Realistically, raising children is no small chore. Of course, adoption is just a subset of this larger category. Irrespective of this, adoption has its fair share of books available for birth parents and those considering adoption.

Online
As Internet use becomes more common and easier, the possibility of finding valid information on adoption and adoption agencies grows. Depending on the kind of adoption sought and one’s source, different types of information may be available. If one is interested in adopting domestically through foster care, naturally, he or she will want to visit the website of the Department of Social Services, DYFS or any other State agency appointed to see transfer of a child’s custody through adoption for more information about the process, scheduling a home study, or viewing a photolisting.

Forums

Internet forums devoted to adoption give all the benefits of the community support group. Nonetheless, adoption forums may have their distinct disadvantages, too. For one, though adoption forums are generally populated by more savvy people, some individuals who readily dispense information may just as well be ill-informed about the subject they profess to know so much about.
Overall, Internet forums are not considered as trustworthy for factual information as official websites of licensed, accredited adoption organizations. In addition, while most members of a forum community will be more understanding of legitimate concerns one may have, there are those proverbial bad apples in forums that will hide behind the cloak of anonymity and threaten to ruin the forum experience by speaking derogatorily toward others. If reported early and often to forum administrators and moderators, though, those who abuse the site may be removed temporarily or banned outright.

Blogs
Weblogs, which consist of long-form entries on a particular topic arranged in a chronological order and usually owned by a private individual or public corporation, can serve as a personal journal of sorts for the writer or a more purpose-driven news and business-minded informational resource. Adoption weblogs are no different, and thus, can encapsulate the anecdotal experiences of their blogger/writer with being an adoptive parent or adoption events in the area run by the blog’s sponsor that may be of interest to the audience.
Compared to other sources of information, blogs would definitely seem to have their limitations. Unlike a forum, a blog will almost certainly feature less opinions to inform any parents or prospective parents seeking advice, and alongside official websites and credible news sources, the amount of factual information a blog stands to provide may be understandably less. 
This notwithstanding, some aspects of adoption blogs may more than make up for shortcomings alongside other media. While adoption blogs more than likely will lack the quantity of voices of a large Internet forum on adoption, the quality of a blogger’s writing and research should also be expected to be better than that of the average forum user, especially if he or she is paid to be a writer. To boot, the overall entertainment and fun value of a blogger’s presentation may easily exceed that of departmental websites who are writing for technical purposes.
Truly, personal blogs are not bound by codes of accuracy, but that said, they are also not bound by the constraints of a corporate mission or informational reference language. Furthermore, coinciding with the idea of entertainment of fun in an adoption blog, some blogs/vlogs (video blogs) will engage the reader more directly (and obviously, more visually) with personal photos and videos from the site’s owner.

Centers

An advantage centers may have for prospective adoptive parents next to other informational resources is that they have a physical location staffed by adoption experts to back up their knowledge and handouts through their site. Some adoption centers might even agree to a free consultation with someone who is considering an adoption, though this is far from a guarantee. Plus, not only are these staff members licensed adoption agents, and thus, more trustworthy than random Internet sites, but they can also give people instant feedback on any questions or comments they may have regarding adoption. If one decides to continue using a paid service that gives you this initial consultation, it goes without saying that you should carefully review any contract or other document you are asked to sign.

Local Officials
In all fairness, online adoption resources and websites of adoption resource centers may be very convenient for accessing general information on adoption in a short span of time. Even so, when it comes to initiating the adoption process or meeting with someone face-to-face to discuss the intricacies of State statutes on adoption, meetings with local officials are likely going to be more rewarding for couples and individuals ready to take the plunge.
Probably the first point of contact for moving forward with an adoption would be the central adoption agency (or agencies, in cases of interstate adoption) with jurisdiction over public adoptions, likely the State’s Human, Social, Family or Child Services offices. As well as being a source of information for prospective adoptive parents, State Governmental bureaus may help applicants decide if they want to adopt a child, be a foster family to him or her, or not take him or her in at all. They may also be able to direct prospective parents to sources of financial aid.
Local officials may also be of considerable assistance to prospective adoptive families for non-monetary reasons. For one, representatives of public agencies are trained in all facets of the adoption process. This includes the home study assessment, a necessary prerequisite for all adoptions to and within the United States.
Furthermore, they will almost certainly be the ones to to administer training to adoptive parents in particular content areas relating to adoption and family life, such as meeting developmental needs, teamwork, family cooperation, dealing with change, recognizing signs of abuse, and respecting the culture and family origins of a child, the last one being particularly relevant to international adoption.
In many districts, this is called PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) training, but as with names of overseeing State departments, the monikers of training programs in individual states may be different from place to place.

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.