Resources for Action
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Here are some heroic, smart people and organizations that are are doing the work on the ground, the sophisticated research and the political activism necessary to give all children what they most need to flourish: families.
Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet directs Harvard’s Child Advocacy Program. Her work and research are treasures. She lays out the arguments for international adoption clearly and informatively. Here are a few of her articles. This article shows us how allowing children to grow up without parents leads to multi-generational suffering. And this one shows how we can overcome current anti-child regulations to increase international adoption as a tool for child justice and well-being.
The Center for Adoption Policy does remarkable work to remove legal, structural and institutional barriers to domestic and intercountry adoption. Its mission is to provide research, analysis, advice and education to practitioners and the public about current legislation and practices governing ethical domestic and intercountry adoption in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
The Donaldson Adoption Institute provides sound research, education and advocacy that improves laws, policies and practices for everyone involved in adoption.
Keilu Yaldo is committed to building a concerned Jewish community to support adoptive families as well as advocate for adoption policy changes to enable all children to realize the dream of family of their own .
Both Ends Burning advocates for policies that promote international adoption. It is comprehensive and clear in outlining the issues and offers ways to get involved. The movie it produced, STUCK, lays out some of the obstacles in international adoption.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has a wonderful website with every possible resource for US domestic adoption. They strongly believe that children in need of homes in the US should be prioritized over orphans outside the US. I believe that adopting any child who needs a family is good. Regardless, I highly recommend this accessible. powerful and thorough site.
CHIFF is a bill called the Children in Families First Act and calls for the redirection of a modest portion of the $2 billion the United States currently spends on children living abroad toward ensuring that all children grow up in a family. It also calls for programs funded with US tax dollars to focus on reducing the number of children living without families and to increase the capacity of other governments to better protect their own children. It is an excellent, informative, readable website.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute educates policymakers on issues related to adoption and foster care in an effort to remove policy barriers that hinder children from finding families.
The Joint Council on International Children’s Services helps orphaned and vulnerable children live in a permanent and safe family by advocating on their behalf, marshaling the resources they need, educating those who serve them and mobilizing those who care. Joint Council and its partner organizations provided services to 2.1 million children and families in 2010.
Dr. Jane Aronson is known as “the orphan doctor”. This site is a no-nonsense how-to for both domestic and international adoption. Her Worldwide Orphans Foundation site explains the challenges of orphans and the foundations’s responses and efforts. Dr. Atronson has a blog of her writings and a photo journal of her travels.
Rainbow Kids provides adoption Information, International Adoptions, Special Needs Adoption, Adoption Articles and Waiting Child Photolistings.
Adopt US kids raises public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and assists U.S. States, Territories, and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.
Kidsave creates change so forgotten older orphanage and foster kids grow up in families.