Adopting Children with Disabilities Resource Guide

Tens of thousands of children with disabilities are languishing in foster care. If you’re interested in finding out about the challenges, rewards and supports available to those who choose to adopt them, visit these sites.
Adopt America Network – Special Children Deserve Special Families
The website of a nonprofit organization that matches children with special needs with permanent families, this site features information about the adoption process, pictures and profiles of available children, adoption specialists throughout the U.S., related links, and more.
This website on adoption and special needs treats the two subjects separately, but offers useful links on both. Its annotated lists of discussion group (listservs) are especially worthwhile.
Deaf Adoption News Service (DANS)
Lists deaf and hard of hearing children awaiting adoption, with agency contact information.
Faces of Adoption Information Packet
If you are seriously interested in adopting a child with special needs, contact The National Adoption Center to receive an e-mail information packet on adopting children with special needs from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds.
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC)
Offers several useful publications, including:
Adopting a Child with Special Needs (discusses developmental disabilities and adoption, what Is a developmental disability?, types of disabilities, challenges of adopting a child with developmental disabilities, sources of support and information, including an excellent list of links)
Adopting Children with Developmental Disabilities (discuses what does “special needs” mean?, who may adopt a child with special needs?, parenting children with special needs, the first step, the matching process, the cost, financial support, available services, and additional resources)
Subsidized Adoption: A Source of Help for Children with Special Needs and Their Families (topics covered include kinds of financial help is available, affect of the family’s financial status on the subsidy, dealing with state agency’s subsidy decision, federal tax benefits, and more)
National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoption
Based at Spaulding for Children, the Center provides information about about its services and resources, and training. While most of its services are for Michigan residents, training and online resources are national in scope.
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
NACAC is a national organization that advocates the right of every child to a permanent, continuous, nurturing and culturally sensitive family, and presses for the legal adoptive placement of any child denied that right. Its focus is on hard-to-place children, including those with disabilities.
Special Needs Adoption
Part of, an extensive commercial website, this website provides information about specific disabilities and a variety of articles dealing with different aspects of adopting children with disabilities.
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