Adoption Links

links---betterBelow is a list of links to a wide variety of Canadian adoption services, resources, groups, and blogs — you name it. We try our best to keep our content current. And you can help us. If you know of a link that should be here but isn’t or come across a link on our list that no longer works, please let us know. E-mail us anytime at info@canadaadopts.com.

Adoptive Parents

  • Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption
    Dedicated to increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care system.
  • Growing Family
    Commentary by a mother of two — one by birth, the other through a transracial adoption.

Adoption Books

  • Adopt Shoppe Press
    An online store that features an assortment of keepsake albums and adoption memory books.
  • EMK Press
    A publishing house specializing in adoption.
  • I Am Chosen
    Lifebook service that includes secrets on how to create a great keepsake.
  • Our Chosen Child
    Lifebook, parent profile, brochure services and more.
  • Parent Books
    A Toronto-based bookstore featuring a variety of adoption titles.
  • Perspectives Press
    A publishing company for all kinds of books on infertility and adoption.
  • Scrap and Tell
    A website devote to scrapbooking materials, advice and information.
  • Tapestry Books 
    A U.S. company features books on Adoption for children, adoptive parents, and professionals.

Adoption Discussion Forum

  • Adoptionforums.com
    A place for all members of the triad to meet and discuss adoption-related issues.
  • Fertile Thoughts
    A discussion board for anyone struggling to build a family.

Adoption Gifts

  • Adopt Shoppe
    Unique adoption gifts and books.
  • China Sprout
    A service that offers Chinese cultural and educational products, from books and toys to decorations and clothing.
  • Labours of Love Designs
    Hand-crafted adoption greeting cards and gift items custom designed by Canadian companies and artisans.
  • Red Thread Families
    Specialized gifts celebrating Chinese adoption.

Adoption News

  • Adoption For Life
    A newsletter for couples who are waiting to adopt or considering adoption.
  • Adoption Today
    An online magazine focusing on international and transcultural adoption.
  • Adoptive Families
    The leading U.S. magazine for adoptive parents and their families.
  • Family Helper
    The online version of the Canadian adoption newsletter covering a wide range of information from coming events to links to support groups across the country.
  • Focus on Adoption
    A magazine for adoptive parents published by the Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia.
  • International Adoption Articles Directory
    Contains hundreds of articles about international adoption ranging from legal and medical issues to parenting tips and solutions.
  • International Adoption Listserv
    Lists on all aspects of international adoption.

Adoptive Parenting

  • Beyond Consequences
    Service geared to providing solutions to families raising children with difficult behaviours.
  • Canadian Moms Online
    Web-based meeting place for Canadian mothers offering information on parenting, relationships, homemaking, hobbies and health.
  • Destiny Adoption Services
    Ottawa-based service providing pre- and post-adoption support for private, CAS and international adoptions.
  • Help We’ve Got Kids
    A guidebook for Canadian parents featuring child-friendly products, services and activities.
  • ivillage
    Online resource consisting of pregnancy and parenting tips and techniques.
  • Kindersite
    Features links to games, songs and stories for pre-kindergarten kids.
  • Mothering
    Tips on how to be the best mom you can be, featuring the latest news, book reviews and recipes.
  • Mother Risk
    Information service by Sick Kids Hospital about the safety and risks of drugs, chemicals and diseasse during pregnancy and lactation.
  • Natural Child
    Parenting advice and support from childbirth to family counselling.
  • Natural Parenting
    Tips, guidance recipes and more aimed at fostering your child’s health and development.
  • New Parent Guide
    Local information about programs, products and services for busy parents.
  • Parenting
    An information gateway that includes the latest on product recalls, as well as parenting polls and planners.
  • Parenting
    An online portal that includes tips, advice, resources and guidance on being a better parent.
  • Parenting Resources Information Development Education
    Information about the PRIDE program aimed at strengthening the quality of foster and adoptive parent preparation.
  • Parents Canada
    Guidance from Canada’s oldest parenting magazine publisher, including an interactive photo album and baby registry.
  • Savvy Mom
    Online resource that features recommendations, reviews and shortcuts for time-crunched moms.
  • The Parent Site
    Help with baby names, parenting, pregnancy and more.
  • Today’s Parent
    Tips and advice on all aspects of parenting, including contests, crafts and cooking suggestions.
  • Urban Moms
    A voice for Canadian moms featuring help, humour, blogs and more..
  • Working Mother
    Suggestions and recommendations for mothers of all kinds on how to strike the right life-work balance.

Adoptive Parenting

  • AdoptOntario
    A public site by the Adoption Council of Ontario aimed at recruiting and encouraging potential adoptive parents in Ontario for the children who need them.
  • Blood Cord Banking
    Blood cord banking information for your adopted child.
  • Cord Blood Guide
    A
     guide to blood cord banking.
  • British Columbia Adoption Bulletin
    Profiles of hundreds of waiting children in British Columbia who are available for adoption by provincial prospective parents.
  • Canada’s Waiting Kids
    A comprehensive resource containing photos and background information about Canadian children waiting for permanent adoptive families.
  • Precious
    The world’s first and largest international adoption website and photolisting service.
  • Wednesday’s Child
    Features children who are looking for permanent homes with the help of the Alberta government.

Adoption Profiles

  • Adoptive Parents
    An online community and resource centre for Canadians whose lives have, or will be, touched by adoption.
  • Adopting
    A U.S. online resource for hopeful adoptive parents interested in connecting with prospective birth parents.
  • Adoption
    Information and resources on all aspects of adoption, including a Waiting Parent Registry.
  • America Adopts!
    An open adoption meeting place that connects expectant parents who are considering adoption with families who are trying to adopt. Sister site of Canada Adopts!
  • Our Chosen Child
    Tips and services on creating a parent profile, lifebook and more.
  • Picaboo Create your own parent profile with your digital photos.
  • Weisswrite
    Assistance with writing your parent profile by a professional writer.

Adoption Scams

  • ABC Adoptions
    Tips on how to spot red flags and what to do to protect yourself from adoption fraudsters.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    A research paper that explains what adoption disruptions and dissolutions are and how often they occur.

Foster Care

Fostering Blogs and Forums

General Adoption Information

  • Adopting
    Articles and insights into what you need to know if you’re considering a second adoption.
  • Adoption 101
    Promotes safe, ethical and affordable adoptions through education.
  • Adoption Council of Canada
    The umbrella organization for adoption in Canada dedicated to raising public awareness of adoption and promoting the placement of waiting children.
  • Adoption Learning Partners
    Online courses about attachment, grief and loss for adoptive applicants and adoptive parents to supplement your readings and workshops.
  • Adoptive Families
    An article from the leading U.S. adoption magazine that contains articles about adoption myths and misconceptions.
  • Adoptive Family Association of British Columbia
    Support services for British Columbia’s adoptive and pre-adoptive families that also contains all kinds of resources, information and tips on what to do while you’re waiting.
  • Birthmothers of Canada
    A Canadian organization offering advice to adoptive parents on how to have successful meetings and reunions with birth parents.
  • Centre for Adoption Support and Education
    A U.S. non-profit group providing education and support for adoptive parents and their children that includes links and a newsletter.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    A U.S. information clearinghouse containing fact sheets on adoption for those just starting out.
  • Families for Private Adoption
    An adoption and support group advocating and encouraging private adoption.
  • Let’s Talk Adoption
    An online radio show dedicated to adoption featuring a certified open adoption practitioners.

How to Adopt

  • Adoption 101
    Promotes safe, ethical and affordable adoptions through education.
  • Adoptive Families
    An article from the leading U.S. adoption magazine about some of the major myths and misconceptions.
  • Adoptive Family Association of British Columbia
    Support services for British Columbia’s adoptive and pre-adoptive families that also contains all kinds of resources, information, and tips on what to do while you’re waiting.
  • AdoptOntario
    A provincial resource and research tool aimed at finding permanent homes for foster children in Ontario.
  • Adoptive Parents Committee
    A U.S. non-profit support group covering all aspects of adoption and interim foster care.
  • America Adopts!
    An open adoption meeting place that connects expectant parents who are considering adoption with families who are trying to adopt. Sister site of Canada Adopts!
  • Centre for Adoption Support and Education
    A U.S. non-profit group providing education and support for adoptive parents and their children including links and a newsletter.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    A U.S. information clearinghouse containing fact sheets on adoption for those just starting out
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  • Family Helper
    Information about adopting overseas from Canada.
  • Families for Private Adoption
    An adoption and support group advocating and encouraging private adoption.
  • International Adoption Resources
    A resource center offering advice and information to help parents make informed decisions about issues related to international adoption
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Infertility

  • Fertile Community
    Information, support and discussion groups on all aspects of infertility.
  • Fertile Thoughts
    Information, discussion boards and support for those facing family-building challenges.
  • Fertility Expert
    A safety net offering help and hope for those struggling with infertility.
  • Fertility Friend
    An online destination designed to help you increase your odds of conception.
  • InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
    An information clearing house that contains information to help individuals and couples as they try to build their families.
  • Internet Health Resources
    A website that contains an array of information, services and products on infertility.
  • Resolve
    Contains information and links from the National Infertility Association on how to cope with infertility.

International Adoption Information

International Adoption: China

  • A China DNA Project
    A service offering information about DNA matching for families who have adopted from China.
  • Attach-China
    Resource about attachment issues affecting adopted Chinese children.
  • China Adoption Webring
    Online network specializing in Chinese adoptions that includes dozens of personal stories of families who have taken the plunge.
  • China Books
    Directory of books on all things Chinese including gifts, maps, comics and DVDs.
  • China Connection
    A bi-monthly newsletter for Chinese adoptive families featuring cultural material and traditions of the season.
  • Half the Sky Foundation
    A charitable organization created by families who have adopted from China that includes information about specific orphanages and their needs.
  • Karen’s Adoption Links
    An online adoption resource that contains links to all kinds of groups and organizations including Chinese sibling groups.
  • Lotus Tours
    A tour company website that contains a list of all of the Chinese orphanages.
  • Research-China
    Online research tool that includes suggestions on how to obtain information about adoptees from China.
  • Waiting Children From Asia
    Online resources containing information and articles for waiting parents who are planning to adopt from Asia.
  • Yahoo User Group
    A discussion group offering support, information and advice for Canadians adopting from China.

International Adoption: Eastern Euro

International Adoption: Guatemala

International Adoption: Korea

  • Korean Quarterly
    Publication devoted to Koreans and events for Korean adoptive families.

International Adoption: Latin America

  • La Semana
    A U.S. culture camp for children from Latin America.

International Adoption: Romania

International Adoption: Russia

International Adoption

  • National Adoption Center
    Another U.S. resource and information source, with an online resource center and a library dedicated to finding permanent homes for U.S. waiting children.
  • AdoptUsKids
    An online photolisting and information source in the U.S. aimed at finding permanent families for kids in foster care.
  • Children Awaiting Parents
    A U.S. non-profit organization that recruits foster and adoptive parents for special needs children and includes links, literature and other educational tools.
  • National American Council on Adoptable Children
    A non-profit group that promotes and supports permanent families for children in the U.S. and Canada through public policy advocacy, education and information sharing.
  • National Council for Adoption
    A U.S. group that aims to serve children’s best interest through adoption and contains online facts and statistics. 

International Adoption: Vietnam

  • Adopt Vietnam
    Online source for information and inspiration for those interested in adopting a child from Vietnam or have already done.
  • Catalyst Foundation
    A charity devoted to helping homeless and orphaned Vietnamese children through educational scholarship programs and direct relief efforts.
  • Chao Ban Newsletter
    A quarterly print publication for the Vietnam adoption community.
  • Comeunity
    An online resource containing an assortment of Vietnamese adoption stories.
  • Vietnamese Adoptee Network A voice for Vietnam adoptees and online hub connecting people around the world. 

LGBT Adoption

  • About.com Online resource that covers the basic of gay adoption and includes U.S. statistics, legals, myths and more.
  • Family Equality Council A U.S. national advocacy organization for LGBT parents that contains blogs, message boards and links to other sites.
  • Gay Parent Magazine Publication for gay parents featuring personal adoption and foster care stories from across the world.
  • Colage Group dedicated to connecting and empowering LGBT parents and contains Information and assistance for their children.
  • LGBT Families Resources for the LGBT community about how to expand their family through adoption, surrogacy and fertility.
  • The Center A U.S. organization dedicated to providing guidance, information and support for gay parents.
  • The Rainbow Babies Parenting tips, stories and advice for members of the LGBT community.

Medical Issues

  • Adoption Doctors
    A services that educates adoptive parents using the sometimes limited medical information available about their child.
  • Canadian Paedatric Society
    Heath issues that families adopting internationally need to consider as they prepare for a placement.
  • Center for Adoption Medicine
    An organization devoted to medical and developmental issues in adoption and pediatrics.
  • Center for Family Developments
    Resources for adoptive and foster families with trauma and attachment issues.
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    A teaching hospital promoting health in Ontario that contains information about mental illness and other issues.
  • Comeunity Health
    An online resource that features articles about international health and medicine.
  • Orphan Doctor
    Assistance with all aspects of overseas adoptions, from pre-adoptive counseling to long-term developmental concerns.
  • Premature Baby
    Articles and advice for premature children and their families.
  • The Assante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    A British-Columbia based centre offering diagnostic, assessment and family support services for children, youth and adults affected by FASD.

Older Child Adoption

Open Adoption

  • American Association of Open Adoption Agencies
    Information by an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting open adoption and the people involved in it.
  • Adoptive Families
    A collection or articles about all aspects of open adoption from the U.S.predominant adoption magazine.
  • America Adopts!
    An open adoption meeting place that connects expectant parents who are considering adoption with families who are trying to adopt. Sister site of Canada Adopts!
  • Birthmothers of Canada
    A Canadian organization offering advice to adoptive parents on how to have successful meetings and reunions with birth parents.

Private Adoption

Public Adoption

Single Parent Adoption

  • Adoption.org
    More online tips and features for single parents considering adoption.
  • Single Father
    An online resource including information and support for single fathers.
  • Single Mothers By Choice
    Features support and information, including an e-mail list and newsletter, about motherhood and parenting.
  • Single Parents Network 
    A hub for all things about single parent adoption.

Special Needs Adoption

Transracial Adoption

  • About.com
    An online information source that includes basic information about transcultural adoption and addresses some of the key questions.
  • Adopting.org
    More information about all aspects on transcultural adoption and parenting from the U.S. online information source.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    An information clearinghouse featuring all kinds of articles and tips on preparing for an interracial adoption.
  • Multiracial Sky
    A resource for multiracial families created by an activist, artist and adoptive mother of four.
  • New York Statue Citizens’ Coalition for Children
    An advocacy group made up of volunteer adoptive and foster parents, with articles on transracial and transcultural adoption.

Birth Parents

  • Babble
    An online community for a new generation of parents.
  • Bounty
    A club for growing families, from bump to baby and beyond.
  • Canadian Mother Resources
  • Online information source featuring a pregnancy tracker, and resources for little kids and big ones, too.
  • ivillage
    Online resource consisting of pregnancy and parenting tips and techniques.

Birth Parent Books

  • EMK Press
    A publishing house specializing in adoption.

Birth Parent Discussion Forums

  • Adoptionforums.com
    A place for all members of the triad to meet and discuss adoption-related issues.

Birth Parent General Information

  • About.com
    General information for birth parents about any stage of their adoption journey.
  • Birthmother Resources
    A guide on pregnancy and adoption for anyone who is considering placing her baby for adoption or raising her baby herself.
  • Adoption Council of Canada
    The umbrella organization for adoption in Canada dedicated to raising public awareness of adoption and promoting the placement of waiting children.
  • America Adopts!
    An open adoption meeting place that connects expectant parents who are considering adoption with families who are trying to adopt. Sister site of Canada Adopts!
  • Birth Father
    An online resource covering birth father’s rights and responsibilities.
  • Birthmothers of Canada
    A Canadian organization offering support and information for birth mothers touched by adoption.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway2
    Information about the impact of placing a baby for adoption.
  • Concerned United Birthparents
    A group devoted to adoption protection, prevention and reform.
  • Considering Adoption
    Things to consider if you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

Birth Parent Reform

Birth Parent Search and Reunion

  • Adoption Puzzle
    An online resource containing search and reunion newsgroups and links.
  • Adoption Registry Connect
    The Canadian component of the worldwide adoptee and birth parent search database.
  • Cyndi’s List
    A resource of genealogy sites on the web.
  • Origins Canada
    Another helpful international group for individuals and families separated by adoption.
  • Origins Inc.
    A U.S. service for all members of the triad, including those interested in tracking down their birth families.

Pregnancy and Childcare

  • Adoptive Breastfeeding Resources Website
    A website for adoptive parents who are interested in breastfeeding their babies.
  • Association for Safe Alternatives in Children
    A U.S. group pushing for alternatives to a technological approach to childbirth.
  • Babble
    An online community for a new generation of parents.
  • Bounty
    A club for growing families, from bump to baby and beyond.
  • Canadian Mother Resources
    Online information source featuring a pregnancy tracker, and resources for little kids and big ones, too.
  • Choice 42
    A pro-woman, pro-baby and pro-life group aimed at supporting Canadian women facing unplanned pregnancy.
  • La Leche League
    An international organization providing information and support for anyone interested in mothering through breastfeeding.
  • Lact-Aid
    A nursing training system for mothers who worry about low milk supply.
  • Mother Basics
    Home sewn products such slings and diaper products for moms and their babies.
  • Parenting by Nature
    Natural, chemical-free and healthy products for you and your baby.
  • Share
    A group devoted to support due to those who have lost a baby through pregnancy, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.

Adoptee Books

  • EMK Press
    A publishing house specializing in adoption.

Adoptee News

  • Family Helper
    The online version of the Canadian adoption newsletter.

Adoptee Reform

Adoptee Search and Reunion

  • Origins Inc.
    A U.S. service for all members of the triad, including those interested in tracking down their birth families.

Personal Adoptee Websites

  • Vicki’s World
    The website of a woman with a personal interest in adoption.

Adoption Triad

Adoption Councils

Adoption Triad Books

  • EMK Press
    A publishing house specializing in adoption.

Adoption Triad General Information

  • Adoption: A Gathering
    An online gathering place for adoption stories from all members of the triad.
  • Adoption Web Ring
    An online resource dedicated to helping all members of the adoption triad.
  • Pact
    A U.S. triad advocacy group focusing on helping children of colour.

Adoption Triad News

  • Adoption News
    Daily news and information on all things adoption.
  • Adoption E-Magazine
    A free online magazine about adoption available by subscription.
  • Family Helper
    The online version of the Canadian adoption newsletter. Adoption Triad Reform

Adoption Triad

Adoption Councils

Personal Adoptee Websites

Child Welfare

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Canadian Adoption Blogs
Stories by members of the triad.

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Answers to your adoption questions.

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