Useful Links for Child Advocates in Adoption Cases
The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse have been consolidated and expanded to create Child Welfare Information Gateway. which has state-by-state adoption resources, publications, databases, statistics, legal issues, and conference information, among other materials.
The National Center for Adoption Law and Policy and Capital University Law School, which allows access to cases, statutes, articles, and regulations on adoption topics. Also includes a list of related adoption links, including links to each jurisdiction's state court websites.
The Dave Thomas Foundation lists videos and books adoption agencies and organizations can order free of charge. Also lists related adoption website links regarding general, international, and domestic infant adoption information.
The Cornell Legal Information Institute lists federal, state, and international statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions. Also lists other adoption related website links.
The National Council for Adoption, which lists federal and state laws regarding issues such as: putative father rights and registries, safe haven laws, who may adopt, who may place a child for adoption, whether birthparent counseling is required, whether birthparents receive assistance with expenses, when the birthparent(s) may relinquish custody and consent to adoption, and how much time a birthparent has to change his or her mind after consenting to the termination of parental rights. Also lists adoption statistics, including international adoptions, and a range of other information about adoption.
Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School, lists current adoption news stories, information on the "Fostering Results" project and other current projects, upcoming adoption conferences, and case law summaries.
Exclusively Intercountry Adoption website. Includes information on: different countries, general adoption, other related website links, what the state department can and cannot do, and contact information for the state department.
The ABA Family Law Section Committee on Adoption, which links to important adoption cases from 2003 and contains information on international adoptions as well. The site allows someone to join the site's adoption listserv, but this option is only available to members of the ABA Family Law Section.
The ABA Center on Children and the Law, which lists links to relevant state laws regarding adoption.