Below is our comprehensive list of online resources and books for families considering adoption, in the adoption process or those who have already brought their child home.

Online Resources for Adoptive Families

General Adoption Information is a large online adoption community, with content for all sides of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees.

Creating A Family is a national infertility and adoption education nonprofit with a newsletter and regular educational resources for anyone considering

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

The Donaldson Adoption Institute provides research, education, and advocacy that improves laws, policies and practices to better the lives of those touched by adoption.

National Council for Adoption meets the needs of children, birthparents, adopted individuals, adoptive families, and all those touched by adoption through global advocacy, education, research, legislative action, and collaboration.

Rainbow Kids is the internet’s central location for adoption information and articles, International Adoption, Special Needs Adoption, and Waiting Child Photo listings.

Adopting Older Children Domestically

AdoptUsKids offers an array of services to families, from tips and resources to an extensive database of children in U.S. foster care available for adoption.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has a list of Illinois Licensed Adoption Agencies on their website with their contact information. It also notes which agencies have foster to adopt programs.

North American Council of Adoptable Children (NACAC) promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs.

Adoption Publications

Adoptive Families quarterly national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.

Tapestry Books is the premier book site for adoption classics and for cutting edge information on adoption issues.

Financial Assistance

Holt International provides a comprehensive list of the types of financial assistance available to help adoptive families.

IRS: For information on the Federal Adoption Tax Credit and a copy of Form 8839: Qualified Adoption Expenses, go to

Chicago Area Support Groups

CAFFA (Chicago Area Families for Adoption)

Families with Children from China 

Resolve: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit, charitable organization, who works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility. They provide free support programs in communities nationwide and family building options to those experiencing infertility.

Online Education

Adoption Learning Partners has web-based educational adoption resources for professionals, parents, adopted individuals, and the families that love them.

Heart of the Matter Education offers online training for prospective international and domestic adoptive parents.

Parenting Resources

The Spoon Foundation’s Adoption Nutrition website is the go-to nutrition and feeding resource for adoptive and foster families.

University of Chicago Adoption Center specializes in providing medical and developmental care to adopted children, especially those adopted internationally with complex medical needs. Comprehensive services include pre-adoption assessments, post-adoption evaluation and comprehensive adoption care.

Dr. Dan Siegel is an expert in child psychology and development. His website includes books and parenting videos to support and equip parents with the skills and information they need to best parent their child.

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development The developer of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (r) (TBRI), Dr. Karyn Purvis has information and resources for parents of children who have come from “hard places.”

*Please note: These links are provided as a convenience for our adoptive families. The information provided is for your information and consideration only and is not an endorsement of these organizations or companies.

Reading List

Exploring Adoption

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International Adoption

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Parenting Support

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