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Intercountry Country Specific Adoption Information from State Department

Intercountry Country Specific Adoption Information from State Department – http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Can a Christian adopt a child from Algeria?
  • What is the age limit for prospective adoptive parents in China?
  • How does Costa Rica define “abandoned children” for the purposes of adoption?
  • Who manages intercountry adoptions in Greece?
  • Why haven’t Americans been able to adopt Vietnamese children since 2008?


Contains general information about for international adoptions and provides country specific information along with alerts and warnings. Each country fact sheet contains the following sections:

  • Alerts and Notices
  • Hague Convention Information
  • Who Can Adopt
  • Who Can be Adopted
  • How to Adopt
  • Contact Information – – US and Adoptee government officials and adoption authorities.
  • Adoption Statistics

Each country fact sheet also leads to general information about the adoption process.


Adoption Resources from Health and Human Services

Adoption Resources from Health and Human Services – http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is a lifebook and what could it contain?
  • What is secondary trauma?
  • What are some laws related to adoption?


From the website:

Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, with a focus on adoption from the U.S. foster care system. Includes information for adoption professionals, adopted adults, expectant parents considering adoption, birth parents and relatives, and prospective and adoptive parents on a broad range of adoption topics. Find information on assessing, developing, and evaluating adoption programs and services, recruiting adoptive families, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, obtaining and providing postadoption services, the impact of adoption, the adoption process, search and reunion, and more.

May be useful in planning character perspectives or in documenting paperwork adopting characters would be expected to have.

Adoption from MedlinePlus

Adoption from MedlinePlus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/adoption.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What’s involved in an adoption home study?
  • What are some special considerations involved in adopting a sexually abused child?
  • What sort of vaccinations are recommended for internationally adopted children?
  • What is open adoption?
  • How many birth parents refuse contact with their adopted out children?


This overview page links to a number of related topics. Scroll down to “specific conditions” to learn more about these special cases of adoption:

  • Foster Parents Considering Adoption
  • Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents: Resources for Professionals and Parents
  • International Adoption: Health Information for International Travel
  • Military Families and Adoption
  • Openness in Adoption
  • Transracial and Transcultural Adoption

The format of MedlinePlus topic pages are discussed in detail in the entry for MedlinePlus Health Topics.

Family Law California

Family Law California – http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-family.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the visitation rights of grandparents in California?
  • What are the differences between guardianship and adoption in California?
  • Under what conditions can a child be emancipated in California?


California’s Family Law site is education focused. Its resources on Family Law are divided into the following sections:

  • Custody and Parenting Time (Visitation)
  • Child Support
  • Parentage/Paternity
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Adoption
  • Emancipation (Children becoming independent prior to age 18.)

This is provided as one example of state law. Try searching “family law” site:[name of your state].gov in your favorite search engine for the family law in your state.

State Specific Resources from childwelfare.gov

State Specific Resources from childwelfare.gov – http://www.childwelfare.gov/#state

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • In what states are clergy mandatory reporters of child abuse?
  • What states class parental drug use is classified as child abuse?
  • What states require an adoptee undergo counseling before being given information about his birth family?
  • What adoption assistance is available in Alaska?
  • What is the child/employee ratio for permanent placement workers in California?


Child welfare practices vary from state to state. This site helps you fine tune your story with state specific information in the following areas:

  • State Statutes Search
  • National Foster Care & Adoption Directory
  • State Guides & Manuals Search
  • State Related Organizations Lists
  • Adoption Assistance by State
  • Child Welfare Workload Compendium


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