In 1994, Tapestry Books became the first site on the World Wide Web to specialize in adoption books. With knowledgeable staff members, friendly and efficient service, and a love of family, Tapestry Books is your complete source for books about adoption. Visit their website at www.tapestrybooks.com.
The information provided below is designed to help. Please click on each of the categories below to learn more.
Adoption Education and Consulting
International Pediatric Health Services, PLLC
Dr. Jane Aronson, FAAP
128 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Dr. Aronson educates families hoping to adopt children both domestically and from abroad, starting with pre-adoption counseling to long-term developmental issues and concerns.
The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)
Madeleine Krebs, LCSW-C, Clinical Director, with more than 35 years of experience providing psychotherapy for families with children of all ages. She has worked extensively with foster and adopted children who have experienced early trauma, grief and loss and with families concerning domestic, international and kinship adoptions. Ms Krebs is frequently called upon to provide expert testimony in court on behalf of the child.
4000 Blackburn Lane, Suite 260
Burtonsville, MD 20866
The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) is dedicated to providing support and education to everyone in the adoption community.
C.A.S.E. was created in May 1998 to provide pre and post-adoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. In addition, C.A.S.E. is a national resource for families and professionals through its training, publications, and consultations.
C.A.S.E. is a private, non-profit adoptive family support center. Its programs focus on helping children from a variety of foster care and adoptive backgrounds to receive understanding and support which will enable them to grow into successful, productive adults.
C.A.S.E. defines post-adoption services as ongoing, comprehensive support services that include education, counseling, family forums, and advocacy which address clearly identified developmental issues and social-emotional challenges frequently shared by adoptees and their families. Post-adoption involves preventive measures to ensure the preservation of adoptive families.
Debbie Riley, Executive Director provides a consultation with a family and the problems the child or adolescent is exhibiting. Specializes in Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). That is what makes C.A.S.E.'s clinical team unique.
In addition to our services for children/adolescents and their families, C.A.S.E. therapists also work with adults who were adopted, prospective adoptive parents and birth parents. Clients at C.A.S.E. also benefit from the Center's strong collaborative community network of educators, pediatricians, psychologists, and other mental health providers, which ensure extensive access to school and community services. http://adoptionsupport.org/couns/couns_staff.php
Marlynn Pharnes, LMHC 6039
Whether it is the tweaking of a perspective on life, or the need to explore deep-seated trauma, Marlynn provides for a spectrum of needs. Individual therapy is offered, but more times than not there are needs within the family or support system to be explored and met. Marlynn encourages families to participate in counseling and/or therapy and works within the relational space between family members. This customizes counseling or treatment to each family’s needs. Marlynn places high focus on the adults in family work, reaching them through training and education and realizing their ability to create a therapeutic healing space in their home is optimal for all members, especially children.
Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive and Foster Families
715 South Oakwood Avenue
Brandon, FL 33511
POST-ADOPTION FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
While training can result in healing beginning before issues become extreme, case management services are still needed to oversee and assist with the healing process, especially where finances and insurance are inadequate. The Sylvia Thomas Ceneter provides services that are comprehensive and family-centered. They strive to strengthen the family by focusing on both parents and children.
The Post-Adoption Family Support Program provides case management services to families in crisis or need after adoptions are finalized, a service not available elsewhere. This service prevents adoptions from being dissolved. Most families come to the Sylvia Thomas Center on their own but some are referred by judges in Family and Juvenile Court and the Sheriff’s Department.
Their case managers work with the family to jointly assess needs and formulate a family plan with specific goals the family wants to achieve. Typically, identified needs may include mental health services, legal services, tutoring, school supplies, residential placement services for more intensive treatment, couples counseling for the parents, Medicaid services and sometimes just hand-holding through court hearings, parent-teacher conferences and the filling out of forms. They also review family financial and insurance situations to determine the need for financial assistance.
Once plans are in place, the case managers recommend service providers, link the families with the needed services and arrange for the services to be paid for by ASO funds where necessary.
The Post-Adoption Family Support Program provides families with all the tools and support to thrive as a forever family. This program provides additional services as well. During the holiday season, adopted children are treated to a party and provided gifts generously contributed by donors. Over spring break they provide three days of fun activities for the children – a trip to the movies, the zoo and a park. This offers respite to the parents and assists with childcare issues when parents are employed. They provide life books, similar to scrapbooks, to the children so they can capture memories of both their biological and adoptive families.
While many families enter the Post-Adoption Family Support Program years after finalization, there are families who are receiving services pre-adoption and simply need to continue those services after finalization. The Sylvia Thomas Center works with Camelot Community Care to smooth the transition for these families and avoid the interruption of services.
Once the families achieve their goals and no longer require case management services, the staff encourages families to continue attending support groups.
Other agencies are focused on promoting adoptions or on putting the adoptive families together and having the adoptions finalized. The Sylvia Thomas Center is the only agency in Hillsborough County funded to assist families with adoption issues after finalization. We are the agency charged with putting the “forever” into forever families.
Insight Counselors, P.A.
Carol Crow, LMHC, NCC, BCETS
200 South Hoover Boulevard, Suite 170
Tampa, FL 33609
At Insight we employ many traditional forms of psychotherapy. In many situations, part of our comprehensive treatment approach includes the use of EMDR. Careful preparation is always required before EMDR sessions and it is never used alone. Thorough client history and assessment for readiness determines whether this will be an appropriate intervention for each client. In the treatment of children, parent training and education are a critical to the child’s progress. Many situations require new approaches to parenting and family interventions. Groups or classes for parents may be used to support the work.
The Florida Institute for Family Attachment is an important part of Insight Counselors, PA. Carol Crow founded the Institute to assist families as they seek to help their children form healthy family connections. The Institute is a specialized attachment practice and Carol has extensive training and experience in this field.
The duration of treatment and frequency of sessions are based on individual need.
Insight specialties include:
- Adult Issues
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Attachment Therapy
- Self Esteem
- Adoption Concerns
- Behavioral Solutions
- Parenting Skill Enhancement
- Chronic and Terminal Illness
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Grief and Loss
- Performance Enhancement
- Relationship Concerns
- Chronic Pain
Cynthia A. Kaleita, LMHC, LLC
2756 Deer Berry Court
Longwood, FL 32779
With over 15 years experience in the mental health field, specializing in individual, marriage and family therapy, I work with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are helping children and adults through major life transitions, as well as improving their relationships with self and others. Developing direct and honest relationships is the foundation for living an emotionally healthy life. As a therapist, I model this principle in my work, and help clients develop the tools to build healthy relationship practices in their lives.
I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I am also a wife, mother and grandmother, and I bring my life's experience to my work.
Creating a Family
Online adoption education covering a variety of topics from Adopting a Child with HIV, to Why Open Adoption, and everything in between. Great resource for perspective adoptive familiesas well as families that have alreadycompleted an adoption.
Older Child Adoption Resources
Baby Proofing and Kid Home Safety Guide
Pediatric Massage- Jakki Bosco
American Heart Association CPR
If this location is not convenient for you. please check your local AHA. CPR Flyer
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association of approximately 340 attorneys who practice, or have otherwisedistinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law. The Academy's work includes promoting the reform of adoption laws and disseminating information on ethical adoption practices.
Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care
You are able to click on an interactive map of your state to find a list of pediatricians in that area who specialize in providing services for children who are adopted.
Florida Center for Child Welfare
Operating within the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Department of Child and Family Studies, "The Center" works in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families to ensure information contained on this site is timely, accurate and useful to child welfare professionals and others. The Center is funded by Florida's Department of Children and Families. Information and training resources are available to you 24 hours a day.
PURL Adoption Advisory
We are an adoption consulting company helping families across the country. We believe working with reputable adoption attorneys and select agencies is the best way for families to adopt. This is why we want to collaborate with you. Together, our families are more educated, prepared and ready for their adoption journey. PDF Brochure
Extend Your Tent
Stephen and Melissa started a new ministry, Extend Your Tent. which officially launched in 2018 after working on it for over a year. The mission is to provide financial, informational and spiritual resources to Christian families interested in adoption. They do this through social media and also church classes for those interested in adoption. They plan to provide prospective families with information on different agencies, attorneys, and consultants. We know in this world of information overload it can be cumbersome as adoptive families start their "what next" search. https://www.extendyou
Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute
Since 1996, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national not-for-profit organization, has advanced sound adoption policy and practice for adopted people, adoptive families and birth parents. The Adoption Institute gathers, analyzes and synthesizes the best available information from research and practical experience to identify and develop the most effective policies and practices to increase the numbers of permanent and loving families for waiting children, as well as to provide positive lifelong experiences for all participants. Working with lawmakers, practitioners and researchers, the Adoption Institute strives to improve the ethics of adoption policy and practice, and the day-to-day experiences of everyone involved.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption focuses on increasing adoption awareness while supporting model adoption service programs. The foundation publishes one of the most widely used resources in the adoption community called A Child is Waiting... A Beginner’s Guide to Adoption. It contains a step-by-step process of adoption as well as various resources to help potential adoptive parents get some basic questions answered. Visit their website at http://www.davethomasfoundationforadoption.org/index.asp.
Adoptive Families Magazine
Adoptive Families, the award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption. Whether you're adopting for the first time, considering adopting again, or interested in keeping up with the latest adoption news and trends, the Adoptive Families Annual Adoption Guide will provide you with detailed, accurate information you won't find anywhere else. You can subscribe by visiting their website at www.adoptivefamilies.com.
Beat Infertility Podcast
Our very own Executive Director, Mary Wheatley, is a special guest speaker on this podcast and she talks candidly about the adoption process. She gives a fresh perspective being an adoptive mother of two. https://beatinfertility.co/adoption-101/
Adoption Triad Jewelry
Hand Made Jewelry for special occasions, ShineLife specializes in custom/personalized pieces for all types oflife events, not just adoption! https://shopshinelife.com/products/adoption-necklace
Adoption Assurance is an insurance policy that covers an adoption for a child less than two years old arranged through an approved adoption attorney. Visit www.adoptionassurance.com or call 1-800-966-9304 for more information.
This site assists with ways to induce lactation as well as other options available. Keep in mind there is more to breastfeeding then just breastmilk. Some mothers chose not to go the induced lactation route but just to feed their baby with a Supplemental Nursing System formula at the breast in order to have the bonding experience of feeding their baby at the breast. http://www.asklenore.info/breastfeeding/induced_lactation/gn_protocols.shtml .
Florida Lactation Consultant Association website at http://flca.info/resourcedir.htm This is a great resource for finding a lactation consultant. Free consultations are also available with a lactation consultant for adoptive mothers to discuss what options are available and they can assist with directing the adoptive mother in the right direction for what is best for her needs.
Dr. Punger, MD
Specializes in Breastfeeding Medicine. Brochure
This site provides a supportive community where members share their experiences/insights. People ARE seeing patterns emerging. This is facilitating successful adoptive nursing experiences.This is a nice site for perspective adoptive mothers to visit. http://www.fourfriends.com/abrw/Sweet Pea BreastfeedingAn up to date and comprehensive collection of resources for the parent interested in breastfeeding when it doesn't ioccur after a birth.www.sweetpeabreastfeeding.com
Cord Blood Preservation
Alpha Cord has established the nation's first network of cord blood banks. They carefully screen and select laboratories which have a proven history of quality and dedicated service. This allows Alpha Cord to offer you the most trusted names in cord blood preservation at a significant savings. For more information about the importance of cord blood preservation for your adopted child, visit www.alphacord.com.
Cord Blood Banking
Our goal is to provide information for expectant mothers and families considering cord blood banking - we want to help you find the right option for your loved ones. Whether you choose private banking for the safety of your family, or public banking to help patients in need of a transplant, The Cord Blood Center is committed to giving you relevant, up-to-date information on benefits, pricing and current research for cord blood stem cells.
Your Adoption Finance Coach
Heart of Adoptions partners with the Adoption Finance Coaching Program to assist our families in finding the financial resources they need to complete their adoption. Experienced finance coaches assist families in grants, loans, fundraising, budgeting and more. Click here to access the Adoption Finance Coaching Portal.
The Orphan Foundation
The Orphan Foundation provides financial support and information to adopting families, as well as services to institutionalized orphans around the world. They currently provide grants of $1,250 to families who have successfully completed their homestudy, and who can demonstrate to the foundation's Board of Directors that a grant will make the pivotal difference in families ability to adopt a child. Visit www.theorphanfoundation.org for more information.
Affording Adoption Foundation
The Affording Adoption Foundation raises money and makes grants to Adoptive Parents in financial need at the completion phase of the adoption process. Visit http://www.affordingadoption.com for more information.
A Brother's Love
A Brother’s Love is dedicated to helping Christian families overcome the financial barriers associated with international adoption. Visit A Brother's Love Adoption Grant Fund or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Help Us Adopt
Helpusadopt.org is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples and individuals - regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability - with grants of up to $15,000 towards their domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses. Visit Helpusadopt.org for more information.
Grant for Adoption or Fertility Treatment
Tinina Q. Cade Foundation (TQCF) is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of families battling infertility. Please visit the Cade Foundation's (www.cadefoundation.org) grant page for more information about grants which provide up to $10,000 per family for adoption or fertility treatment. Grants are awarded twice per year and the number of applications funded as well as the amount of funding depends on the success of the Cade Foundation’s fundraising activities (i.e. the more we raise, the more we can give away). To date, 46 families have been funded. For more information please visit the website.
Jaya Laxmi Co.
Jaya Laxmi Co. is a fundraising organization that works to raise funds for people wanting to adopt. There are no up-front fees and they only accept prospective adoptive parents who have already passed a Home Study, and have affiliated with a legitimate Adoption Entity.
Visit www.jayalaxmi.net for more information.
Gift of Adoption Fund
This nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation provides grants to adoptive parents in order to alleviate the financial burden of the adoption process. Its singular mission is to support adoption by providing funding to build bridges of hope for children and their families. Visit their website at www.giftofadoption.org for more information or call 877-905-2367 or E-mail: email@example.com.
National Adoption Foundation (NAF)
NAF provides adoption assistance for prospective or adoptive parents by proving financial support, information and services and specializes in helping adoptive parents with the costs associated with adopting and raising a child. They provide grants and loans to help fund legal or adoption fees, educational expenses, or the day-to-day costs of raising a family. Visit their website at www.nafadopt.org or call 800-258-4207 for more information.
The National Adoption Foundation, in conjunction with a leading national banking institution, is now pleased to bring to the adoption community an innovative financial loan program tailored to the needs of our community. This program is set up to provide anyone looking to adopt with the necessary financial resources to complete their adoption. Go to our site www.fundyouradoption.org for more details. Brief highlights of this loan program are as follows:
- Provides unsecured loans
- In amounts range from $5,000 to $50,000
- At competitive interest rates
- With quick turnaround – most within 48 hours
Most importantly, the program is set up to lend to all credit worthy borrowers by finding a loan level appropriate to their income level and credit scores. The goal being not to turn away credit worthy borrowers.
So, for example, should someone apply for, but not qualify for their initial requested $50,000 loan, they will not be rejected outright. Instead, the bank’s loan program will attempt to find a lesser amount more appropriate for them. This loan program will be beneficial to the entire adoptive community. Without question, by providing borrowers with the needed financial resources a greater number of adoptions can be completed successfully.
Fifth Third Bank—Naples, Florida
There is a new financing program offered by Fifth Third Bank in Naples, Florida, which is meant to help families more easily afford adoption. The program offers families who are looking to adopt a home equity credit line or installment loan to help cover their expenses. Adoptive parents can be approved for a credit line that will allow them to borrow up to 100 percent of the value of their home, minus the amount of their mortgage. Payments need only be made on the money used, and there is an option of making interest- only payments. Checks are issued along with a Mastercard that enable the borrower to access their credit whenever needed, and one can take up to 20 years to pay back the principal amount. Please call them at 239-530-1460 for more information.
National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
How to Make Adoption an Affordable Option, is an all-around guide to the financial aspects of adoption. Visit their web site at: http://nefe.org/tabid/193/Default.aspx?search=adoption
A Child Waits Foundation
A Child Waits Foundation makes low interest loans to cover a portion of the costs associated with an international adoption. Please call 866-999-2445 or visit their website at www.achildwaits.org.
If you are an active-duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you may be eligible for a $2,000 per child military subsidy. Check with your base commander for more information.
Employee Benefit Programs
Many private and governmental employers offer adoption assistance and benefits. These might include financial reimbursement, paid and unpaid leave and resource and referral services. Please inquire with your Human Resources or benefits department.
Family Medical Leave Act
After you adopt, what about job security while staying home with your new child? The Family Medical Leave Act may provide the benefits you need. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 is a federal law that requires employers of more than 50 workers to give full-time employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. One must have been employed for at least 12 months and worked at least 1250 hours during the previous 12 months. Your employer may have more generous benefits, but this offers minimum protection.
An Internet service that allows you to pay for adoption expenses and fees with your credit card. See www.paypal.com.
God's Grace Adoption Ministry
God's Grace Adoption Ministry is a non-profit organization helping adoptive parents overcome the financial burden of adopting children. It is not an adoption agency, but rather works in cooperation with the agency to assist the family with their financial needs. Depending on the individual family needs, financial assistance is available in the form of grants and interest free loans. Call 209- 572-4539 or visit their website at www.ggam.org.
Working from these foundational truths, Show Hope exists to care for orphans by engaging the church and helping Christian families reduce the financial burden of adoption. These families can provide not only love and support needed for this life, but also provide a child with the knowledge of God’s plan for his or her eternal life with a forever family called The Body of Christ. For more information, please visit www.shaohannahshope.org.
Adoption Tax Credits
As of 2014, The Adoption Tax Credit will be equal to $13,190 for the adoption of a child with special needs. The maximum credit allowed for other adoptions is the amount of qualified adoption expenses up to $13,570. The adoption credit begins to phase out for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income in excess of $203,504; and is completely phased out for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income of $243,504 or more. (IRS Rev. Proc. 2013-35) https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607
Lifesong for Orphans helps Christian families remove the financial roadblock to adoption by offering matching grants, which encourage the adopting couple’s church family to financially and prayerfully support the adoption. They also offer interest-free loans. Visit their website at: www.lifesongfororphans.org for more information.
SowingRoots exists to love and care for orphans worldwide. SowingRoots’ goal is to minimize the financial burden that adoptive families face through merit based grants. SowingRoots also desires to physically and financially support orphans globally through faith based service, work and gifts. Visit their website at http://www.sowingroots.org/
FirstAgain.com provides loans to cover the cost of adoption at low interest rates for families with good credit. The application process is simple and fast. Visit their website at www.FirstAgain.com for more information.
Chase New Additions
Chase has partnered with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to help adoptive families finance adoption. The Chase New Additions program is a home equity line of credit specifically designed to assist prospective adoptive families and offers low rates, generous credit lines, and payment flexibility. For more information visit www.chase.com/NewAdditions or call 1-866-345-7687.
Bank of America
Keith McKinnon, Loan Officer, and Bank of America may be able to help you finance your adoption. For more information call (813) 367-5669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacred Selections mission is to financially assist Christian couples whose hearts and homes are open to loving and raising a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Sacred Selections is committed to providing the financial means of bringing together the need for and the longing to give love, through the process of adoption. For more information call (916) 770- 0336 or visit www.sacredselections.org.
Americas Christian CU
ACCU provides financial solutions to individuals and ministries that empower them to reach their financial goals while expanding God's Kingdom. Every dollar entrusted to us gets reinvested to build churches, fund ministry, and serve members. Find out how banking with ACCU supports ministry.
AdoptTogether "Fundraising Grant"
Check out the AdoptTogether Fundraising grant. Families can create a profile on AdoptTogether's website (all profiles are reviewed for eligibility), and family and friends can donate to your adoption through this tax-deductible organization. Money donated is awarded to adoptive families as a grant.. Learn more at https://www.adopttogether.org/
The Buscher Foundation
The Buescher Foundation was established in 2014 by adoptive parents James and Krishtian Buescher who experienced adoption first hand. The Buescher Foundation is committed to providing the support and resources to families going through the adoption process domestically. Grants are assessed on a quarterly basis each year. http://www.TheBuescherFoundation.org/
Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.
Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. is a 501c3 private operating foundation formaed in 2007to help children become part of "forever" families. After seeing the high cost of adoption and the many perspective adoptive couples discouraged from adopting because of those costs we felt compelled to do something. We knew that we didn't have the resources to help people in the way they needed so we chose to enlist the help of both supporters of HANDinHAND and the family and friends of adoptive couples. We understand that not everyone is called by God to adopt but we are all called to care for the orphan. We believe we are to fulfill that calling by using our God given resources to financially help those who have been called to adopt. Our individual resources are limited, but together, each one doing our part, we can make a huge impact in helping children become part of “forever” families. http://www.handinhandadopt.org/
Family Formation Charitable Trust
The mission of the American Academy of Adoption Attorney Family Formation Charitable Trust is to provide financial assistance to those individuals and nonprofit organizations seeking to build families through adoption and assisted reproductive technology. The Trust is supported through a variety of fund raising efforts, including personal contributions of Fellows of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, personal contributions of personal donors, corporate giving, grants, educational programs, and through charitable events. http://www.adoptionattorneys.org/aaaa/charitable-trust
The Tim Tebow Foundation
From the website: This foundation and all of our outreach initiatives were primarily created to show God’s love to children around the world.
the NEXT Family
Creating a family is expensive, and for same-sex couples even more so, which is why Men Having Babies was formed. They saw that gay male couples or individuals who wanted to have children struggle significantly in terms of raising the finances to have a child. Men Having Babies found that gay men spent over $110K on their parenting journey, so in response they decided to create an organization to support gay men financially toward becoming parents.
JSC Foundation began as a private foundation in the fall of 2000 when one couple realized the financial chasm that must be crossed when families so desperately want to bring an orphan home through adoption. The financial hurdles are often the only obstacle preventing a couple from making that decision to adopt and seeing their dream become a reality.
At JSC Foundation, our hope is to assist Christian couples for which the cost of adoption is a hardship. We are pleased to be able to partner with some of these families as they step out in faith by following the call, allowing one more orphan to come home to their forever family!
Cards For A Cause Fundraiser:
Offers boxed sets of 30 beautifully embellished handcrafted cards with matching envelopes to help organizations and individual families reach their fundraising goal. Each box is $30 and the family/organization would receive over 40% in sales to benefit their cause. Literacy for a Lifetime 50% Matching Grant: Offers a 50% return on donated or raised funds for free books for families/organizations. www.AisForAlligator.comAdopt a Love Story
We empower families to overcome the financial obstacles to adoption by providing them with the tools and platform they need to raise funds for their adoption.
Bills Tax Services Adoption Tax Credit Specialist
Enrolled agents and tax credit specialists. Tax accounting firm that has been in business since 1977 and has been blessed by adoption. Our burden is to help as many adoptive families and agencies understand how the Adoption Tax Credit can help.
Angels in Disguise
Angels in Disguise is committed to creating a world where individuals with Down Syndrome are embraced and empowered. Find out more about their grants: https://www.angelsindisguise.net/
Fund Your Adoption
A comparison guide of types of adoption to help you decide what is best for you. https://www.bankrate.com/personal-finance/smart-money/how-much-does-it-cost-to-adopt-a-baby/
There are a number of loans that are available specifically for adoption. Below are links to many of these. We encourage adoptive families to educate themselves on the all of the available financing options and to decide what best meets your family's needs.
Other granting organizations offering loans (industry practice)
Interest Free Interest Free
3-year repayment schedule
“Covenant Agreement” (90% collection)
Perpetual Loan Cycle
Pathways for Little Feet
Perpetual Loan Cycle
LifeSong for Orphans
Perpetual Loan Cycle (97% collection)
A Child Waits
Perpetual Loan Cycle
AdoptMatch is a mobile app that connects Expectant Parents pursuing an adoption plan with Adoptive Parents committed to creating child-centered and ethical adoptions. AdoptMatch is not an agency, attorney, or facilitator. AdoptMatch is the first-ever mobile app that gives Expectant Parents access to a wide-range of homestudy approved Adoptive Parents throughout the country, with the oversight of an experienced adoption professional. Adopt Match Brochure https://adoptmatch.com/
Little Blessings Adoption Services, LLC
Holly Erritt with Little Blessings Adoption Services, LLC knows firsthand how to make a really great adoption profile. She is an adoptive mother of two and has successfully gone through the domestic newborn adoption process twice. Her knowledge and experience in adoption combined with her sales, marketing and design background gives Holly a unique set of skills to offer her clients. LBAS works with families throughout the nation and assists with the birth mother letter, text selection/editing and all photo selection/editing so your profile is sure to be the best it can be! All LBAS profiles are cstom designed and tailored to each individual family. LBAS can also facilitate printing/binding of your adoption profile books and offers many different binding styles to choose from at various prices. For more information, visit www.littleblessingsadoption.com or contact Holly by email at email@example.com or by phone at (770) 855-3393.
Our Chosen Child
Our Chosen Child LLC works with clients nationwide to create beautiful, creative and expressive profiles. The owner/designer has many years of experience in adoption services; not only in her work creating profiles, but also as an adoptive parent counselor, as an adoptive mom and adult adoptee in reunion. Her intimate knowledge of all sides of adoption makes her
uniquely qualified for this work. Visit http://www.ourchosenchild.com to see samples of her work, or call Joanna at 608-237-6507 or email Joanna@ourchosenchild.com.
Forever Family Designs, LLC
Forever Family Designs LLC, helps families design an adoption profile that reflects their individual style while bringing out a family’s full potential. They will help you choose photos and lay them out in a way that most effectively communicates who you are to expectant parents. They are also available to help you edit your birth mother letter—one we adamantly believe needs to be personal to you and written from your heart. They also offer options to help you print and bind your profiles. They will work with you every step of the way to ensure you are completely satisfied with your adoption profile. For more information or to view adoption profile examples, please visit their website at www.foreverfamilydesigns.com or call 541-317-4637.
Adoption Learning Partners.Org
If you are struggling with creating your profile, then visit AdoptionLearningPartners.org for a new course that walks families through the process of creating a profile that will stand out from the crowd. They will learn tips on what to include, traps to avoid, and how to connect with birthparents in a meaningful way - all based on research from hundreds of adoption profile successes and failures. AdoptionLearningPartners.org is an e-learning website designed by leaders in the adoption field with the goal of helping each learner better understand the joys and challenges of adoption.
Creating an adoption profile requires you to show the world what makes you unique. Adoptive parents become frustrated trying to decipher the perfect combination of words and photos that will make them stand out. There is only one secret to obtaining that -- be yourself!!
An expectant mother is looking for a family she connects with. The profile is your chance to connect with someone who may become one of the most important people in your life. Mended Hearts Adoption Consulting will help you present your best with confidence and pride.
Our Adoption Profile
Hey, I get it. I remember the feeling of staring into headlights when I was first faced with the task of creating my first adoption profile. What do I say? What photos do I include? What is/ isn’t appropriate? Who should I include from my family/ friends? My name is Grainne Foley and I am the proud mother of 2 adopted children. Having been through this process twice, I wanted to give back in some way to the community that helped create my family. The best way I could think of was to help people create stunning profiles that would get them noticed, without being too much of a burden on the wallet.
We were very successful with our profile. The best compliment I received was when my son’s Birth mom told us that when she read our profile, she couldn’t wait to turn each page to see what was next. Let me bring that same kind of result for you!
My Baby's Family
My Baby's Family is a site offers expectatnt parents a place to browse available adoptive families without being pressured. Expectant parents can then connect with an adoption professional 24/7 to recieve unbiased guidance regarding adoption and parenting options. Hopeful adoptive couples can create an online profile here for expectant parents to view. https://mybabysfamily.com/
Pinellas Adoption Support
Anyone in the Tampa Bay area who has adopted a child internationally or domestically (including kinship) is welcome to attend Assistance and Support for Adoptive Parents (ASAP) the 4th Monday of every month. Visit http://www.pinellasadoptionsupport.org for more details. This organization support families in any stage of adoption.
Life for Kids
Life for Kids provides pregnancy, adoption and parenting services through the ministry of Gorman Family Life Center, Inc. Life for Kids provides support to birth mothers who have placed a child for adoption and those considering placing a child. The purpose of the group is to provide a setting where women can gain peer support, general adoption information and post-adoption healing. Call 407-629-KIDS(5437) for more information.
The Pregnancy Resource Center
The Pregnancy Resource Center was founded in 1997 and provides a variety of fee services and programs to meet the needs of clients and the community. Some of their services include, but are not limited to, free pregnancy test, adoption support groups for birth mothers, child birth classes and a 24 hour hotline. Call 239-513-9775 for more info.
The Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive and Foster Families
The Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive and Foster Families, Inc. is a community-based, parent-driven organization that provides services and support to meet the identified needs of children and the families that adopt them. Support groups, resource library, and respite are just a few of the services they offer. Visit their website at www.SylviaThomasCenter.org or call 813-651-3150.
Orlando Adoption Network
The Orlando Adoption Network was created to help families meet others who are involved in the world of adoption. Monthly meetings are held where families can ask questions, share experiences, learn about adoption or just listen to others in a supportive environment. Visit their main site at: OrlandoAdoptionNetwork.com for details on East and West Chapters, including meeting-places and times.
Birth Mother Peer Support
Heart of Adoptions, Inc. is happy to connect expectant parents with other woman who have created an adoption plan in the past who are open to sharing peer-to-peer about their experience with adoption. Whether you are considering making an adoption plan or are already working with the agency, feel free to contact us at 1-800-GO-ADOPT or ask your case worker for contact information of a peer support person. Many peer support people are available by phone or email and some are willing to skype or meet in person depending on location.
Birthmom Buds is an organization and website that provides peer counseling, support, encouragement, and friendshipto birthmoms as well as pregnant woman considering adoption. If you are pregnant and considering adoption, a birthmom who has placed her child for adoption, or would just like to learn more about birthmoms and what they experience, we welcome you to browse through our website, services, and get involved. Brochure
Big Tough Girl is a world wide community to give a voice to women from all walks of life, to celebrate their life journey. Because we believe that every woman has a story. Through our live events, online community, yearly soul retreats, community service, our shop, our story telling series, coaching, workshops online and more we telling the life story behind the woman!
A pro-adoption movement dedicated to changing the perception of adoption by acknowledging birth moms for their brave decision. We're a pro-adoption movement. We're not an adoption agency. We're not a pregnancy resource center or a church ministry. We're a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity organization headquartered in Dallas, Texas that exists to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative and hopeful communication that conveys the bravery of birth mothers. We believe birth mothers are heroes and adoption can be a beautiful thing. email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 214-272-0610
Single Parent Advocate
To help single parent families navigate through life, Single Parent Advocate, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, aims to provide access to information and resources, and create online and offline programs. The focal point is its website. Single Parent Advocate hosts a resource directory, a social platform, and serves as an advocate in private, public and the non-profit sector for single parents. The information, resources, and social platform equips and empowers single parent families and helps them do more than they could alone. The three keywords for Single Parent Advocate are Help, Heal, and Hope.
Single Parents Network
Our Mission here @ Single Parents Network is to provide a hub, as you will, that has collectively gathered single parent web sites, articles, information, government resources, online discussion forum support boards, books and so much more, for any one looking for single parent information.
Divorce After Adoption: A Parent's Guide
When a married couple makes the life-changing decision to adopt and give a child a forever family, rarely does the thought that they may someday divorce enter their minds. Divorce is difficult for any family, especially when children are involved, and going through the divorce process when there is an adopted child or children can add a new layer of complexity for the children.
Adoption Related Services of Pinellas
The mission of Adoption Related Services of Pinellas (ARSP) is to keep adoptive families together and enhance attachment in the parent-child relationship through counseling and other supportive services. Since its inception in 2006, ARSP has focused on meeting the need for qualified professionals to work with adoptive families. ARSP was awarded a Medicaid contract for counseling in 2007 and since that time, the agency has grown tremendously. Although the agency was founded with the vision of serving families in the immediate area of Pinellas County, it was not long before we received requests for services in surrounding counties. Currently, the agency provides services not only throughout Pinellas County, but also extending into Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee/Sarasota, Hernando and Polk Counties. Our counseling program provides services in the family's home and we bill Medicaid for the vast majority of our services. Our goal is to provide high quality services that are trauma-informed and family-focused.
Refuge in Grief
An online support group and writing program that is clearly stated on thier website as "grief support that doesn't suck" This is designed for any type of grief- whether you are new on the grief-path or have begun to tentatively explore your new life after such loss as infertility, miscarriage, or choosing to create an adoption plan for your child. www.Refugingrief.com
Drop In Adoption Support Group
The support group is for prospective or waiting adoptive parents as well as adoptive parents who are seeking post-adoption support. The group will offer time for individuals and couples to share openly about their experiences, concerns, and opinions while gaining support from others with similar experiences. The group will also provide the opportunity to learn new strategies to assist in the social, emotional, and behavioral health and development of your family. The group will only be for adults and will be led by an adoption-competent licensed clinical social worker. Brochure
Angel Flight West
Angel Flight West provides free transportation to medical treatment for people who cannot afford public transportation, or who cannot tolerate it for health reasons. Angel Flight West accepts requests from individuals or health care professionals such as social workers and physicians.
You can also call Angel Flight West toll- free at (888) 4-AN-ANGEL, or (888) 426-2643. If you need transportation outside the Western States, you can obtain a referral to another similar organization in your area by contacting Angel Flight America's National Patient Travel Center at (800) 296-1217, or visit their website at www.angelflightwest.org.
Protravel International Inc.
Contact Nancy Kay Streiter at email@example.com or call toll free at (800) 683 0720 for assistance with your travel needs. Be sure to mention your travel is adoption related to receive discounted rates. You may also visit Protravel’s website at www.protravelinc.com.
Many major airlines allow discounts for families adopting children overseas. Be sure to inquire when calling for reservations. Some airlines give discounts as much as 65% off coach rates and also allow late, last minute reservations without penalty. Flights can also be rescheduled or cancelled at no cost. Families are encouraged to negotiate with the airline, since many offer even deeper discounts for adoption situations.
Heart of Adoptions, Inc. Negotiated Hotel Accommodations
Courtyard Marriott / Downtown Tampa (pdf)
They have roll away cribs and they offer a free shuttle to TGH for their guests.
*When booking at the Courtyard Marriott please mention that you would like the TGH/ Heart of Adoptions rate.
*When booking at the Courtyard Marriott Tampa/Brandon call the direct line listed on the flyer but remember to ask for th Tampa General Hospital (TGH) rates.
Homewood Suites by Hilton - Tampa Airport Westshore (pdf)
Residence Inn by Marriott - Tampa Airport Westshore (pdf)
*When booking at Homewood Suites or the Residence Inn please mention that you would like the Heart of Adoptions rate.
Airline Restictions for Flying with Newborn
It appears there is quite a variance in the regulations of different airlines for flying with a newborn (with some having age restrictions for flying and some requiring physician's approval). The policies and websites are prone to change so we definitely advise adoptive parents call the airline prior to departure, and get required documentation at the 1st pediatrician appointment upon release from hospital. To help get you started here are a few links to the more popular airlines.
Southwest: 14 days and under requires medical approval www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/family/baby-on-board-pol.html
Delta: 7 days and under need approval www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/special-travel-needs/children.html
United: No infants 7 days and younger can fly www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/specialneeds/infants/default.aspx
Usairways: Accepts 2 days old and up www.usairways.com/en-US/traveltools/specialneeds/children.html?re=1
American Airlines: Infants after 2 days old www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/specialAssistance/childrenTraveling.jsp?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=children
Frontier: Can't travel til 7 days old www.flyfrontier.com/travel-information/family-pets/traveling-with-children
Find a place, reserve it, and coordinate details with your host. Search for places by specific characteristics like neighborhood or room type, length of time needed, etc. This is a great alternative to hotels so you have all the conveniences of a 'home' without being in your own.