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GREAT SITES TO KNOW ABOUT

CAMBODIA

Sadly, to the best of our knowledge, there is no longer a Cambodian adoption support organization. However, Colorado Heritage Camp-Cambodia is a very strong camp offering great community among its campers.

CHINA

FCC…Families With Children from China
http://www.fwcc.org/
FCC is a nondenominational organization of families who have adopted children from China. The purpose of FCC is provide a network of support for families who’ve adopted in China and to provide information to prospective parents. The purpose of this site is to consolidate the information that has been put together by the families of FCC, in order to make it easier for future parents to consider adopting from China. We also try to provide pointers to other adoption and China related resources available on the Web.

FCC – Chicago Chapter

http://www.fccchicago.org/

Families with Children from China has a chapter serving Chicago Area families!  Please visit our website to join our chapter and login for information on classes, events, and many other cultural and fun things.  For additional information please contact Chairperson@FccChicago.org.

ETHIOPIA
Ethio-American Family Services Connect to other families in all steps of the adoption process and beyond in your area. Find a group in your area to come together for support of your Ethio-blended family.

INDIA

IChild
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ichild/
Ichild is a world-wide, internet based, support group and source of information and resources for those interested in adoption from India. Topics of conversation do not necessarily have to be specific to India adoption but can be wide ranging and may include issues pertaining to India and the subcontinent, children, families, adoption, child development, health, etc.

KOREA

AKA-Also Known As, Inc. At the heart of Also-Known-As, Inc., are adult adoptees and friends who create innovative post-adoption services, educational programs, and community building activities, serving those on their adoption life journey. Check for a chapter near you.

KAAN….Korean American Adoptive Family Network
http://www.kaanet.com/
Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network. Adoptees, Adoptive Parents and Korean Americans are involved in this organization, making it a most inclusive organization. KAAN is a network which links individuals and organizations across the United States and Canada.

LATIN AMERICA

LAAF of Wisconsin -Latin American Adoptive Families of Wisconsin
http://www.laafwi.org/
Established on August 7, 2003 and governed by an elected board of directors, we are a non-profit 501c (3) volunteer organization made up of parents that have adopted children from Latin American countries. We offer opportunities to educate families through the adoption process as well as after. Cultural activities are planned throughout the year in all of our regions in Wisconsin. We provide social opportunities for our children and families so that they may be connected to other children of their heritage.

LAPA Latin American Parents Assc. – NY
http://www.lapa.com/
Latin America Parents Association (LAPA) is a not-for-profit organization registered in the State of New York. LAPA is not an adoption agency. It is an all-volunteer organization of families who have adopted or who are in the process of adopting children from Latin America. Our mission is to provide accurate and timely information as well as support before, during, and after the adoption process.

PARAGUAY

Paraguayan Adoption Resources
Paraguay Yahoo Group
Evolving from an email group formed in early 1996, Paraguay Adoption Resources enjoys being the information source for families adopting from or interested in Paraguay. As we reach out to one another for ideas, support and direction, we think of those still struggling to create their family

RUSSIA, ROMANIA, UKRAINE, KAZAKHSTAN, BULGARIA, BELARUS, LITHUANIA, LATVIA AND MANY MORE….

FRUA
http://www.frua.org/
FAMILIES FOR RUSSIAN & UKRAINIAN ADOPTION (FRUA) offers hope, help and community for families completed through adoption in Eastern European and central Asian countries. An international 501.C3 support organization with chapters across the US and members around the world, it is an all-volunteer organization. FRUA focuses on international adoption support resources, providing a relationship structure that nurtures children and parents, as well as access to family support resources, an understanding community and the FRUA National Education Conference. The adopted children of FRUA’s families come from all former Soviet block countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Belarus, Romania and many more. FRUA celebrates the rich heritage of our children’s birth countries and our Orphanage Support efforts ensure we never forget the children left behind in those orphanages.

FRUA-PA (Philadelphia)
www.orgsites.com/pa/frua-pa/
Our chapter of Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (and neighboring countries) has members throughout the Philadelphia area including Delaware, southern New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania counties around Philadelphia. We have yearly activities like our Winter Celebration, spring picnic, and fall hayride, as well as family potluck dinners and get togethers. For more information about our chapter go to our website above or you can contact Jennifer Greenman at wgreenman@hotmail.com.

THE PHILIPPINES

Filipino Adoptee Network (FAN)
www.filipino-adoptees-network.org/
The Filipino Adoptees Network (FAN) cyber community was conceptualized by two Filipinas because of the lack of supportive websites for adoptees. Thanks to the internet, Lorial Crowder and Sharon Cuartero were reunited in 2003 after a decade of no communication. By happenstance, both wanted to develop a website for fellow adoptees from the Philippines – to speak out and share our experiences, network with other adoptees, and provide a one-stop resource portal to learn about the rich culture of the Philippines and Filipino communities in the United States and elsewhere. The FAN website was created to provide the online community that was not available to older adoptees as we were growing up; and to be a support network to adoptees as they venture to cope, understand, share and celebrate their adoption. FAN on FACEBOOK

VIETNAM

Adopt Vietnam
http://www.adoptvietnam.org/
Hundreds of articles on Vietnam adoption, travel, culture, and parenting. Information support site for FCV and APV.

Chao Ban Newsletter
http://www.chaobannewsletter.com
Popular print newsletter for Vietnam adoption with articles and news on Vietnam, Vietnamese culture, post adoption parenting, children’s activities and more.

Families with Children from Vietnam
http://www.fcvn.org/
National support organization for families who have adopted or are adopting from Vietnam. Local groups, national directory, photo gallery, resources, adoption stories, and more.

MULTI CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL

Adoption Constellation Magazine

Adoption Today Magazine

Adoptive Family Magazine

Adoption Advocacy
The internet’s central website for International Adoptions, Special Needs Adoption and anyone hoping to adopt a child. Waiting Child Photolistings, Attachment articles, Adoption Guide, personal adoption stories, online adoption videos, free children’s cultural coloring pages and adoption advocacy materials. RainbowKids.com

Adoption Mosaic
Adoption Mosiac’s innovative vision and offerings are designed to address the unique needs of the adoption community, and to create a healthy, positive experience for everyone involved. They are a resource dedicated to finding creative, new ways to support the adoption community and raise awareness about adoption issues. Their site is full of interesting articles, interviews, dialogues, blogs, groups and activities that bring their mission to life in a meaningful way. http://www.adoptionmosaic.org/

Bridge Communications
Bridge Communications does diversity training and adoption education with a special emphasis on transracial/transcultural adoption, both domestic and international. The goal is to educate adoptive parents and adoption professionals on becoming a positive multiracial/multicultural adoptive family that allows the child to develop a healthy 1) racial identity, 2) self identity, and 3) family identity. Being a multiracial family is wonderful but it is different than being a monoracial family and it has its own challenges. Bridge firmly believes while love is the beginning of a solid foundation of a multiracial family; love is not enough in a world that is not colorblind. This is why we help parents with tools, including being able to respond to intrusive and inappropriate questions and comments about adoption and race. www.bridgecommunications.org

Comeunity
One of the largest and oldest adoption sites, with several hundred articles on adoption, special needs, adoption mailing lists, book reviews, adoptive parenting, adoption resources, and more. http://www.comeunity.com/

The Evan B. Donaldson Institute is a unique, independent, national nonprofit organization that tangibly improves the lives of children and families like yours across the United States and around the world. The Institute provides leadership for better laws, policies and practices through sound research, education and advocacy. Supporting the Institute helps those touched by adoption and foster care and — most important – helps boys and girls in need of safe, loving families. No other organization is committed to such sweeping, ethics-based, change-the-world work.To get a sense of the breath and impact of the Institute’s work, please go to http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/.

FFIC
Families for International Children, Michigan
A support group for and by families who have adopted internationally. Also see culture camp info!  www.fficgr.org

Inter-Country Adoptee Support Network (ICASN)
ICASN is a worldwide inter-country adoptee run support network for adoptees with the goal of promoting a greater understanding of inter-country adoption to the wider community. ICASN provides support emotionally and culturally to ICAs, as an avenue for exploring the issues of trans-racial adoption in as positive a manner as possible. “Often the journey of exploring adoption issues is a private and sometimes painful one and it is our hope that in reaching to others who have shared a similar journey we may assist ICAs to grow and find peace within themselves. We try to provide a network as a place of belonging with people who have a shared experience, where true empathy and understanding can be found.” www.icasn.org/

OTHER

Children’s Disabilities Information
http://www.childrensdisabilities.info/
Support for parents of children with special needs or disabilities, special focus on adoption.