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Document and NotaryServices

 
Document and dossier assistance in New York.  David Tam, 98 Mott Street, #512, New York, NY
212-406-9669   fax 212-406-9699  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Michigan Traveling Notary

He will go where you need him to notarize your documents. Also will take your documents to Lansing for the State seal and deliver them directly to you or your agency. Contact Jim Nelson at (734)-320-4795 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Assistant Stork

This site has a wealth of information on Vital Records and Secretary of States, Consulate Embassy, and country information.

There's Always Hope

Offers dossier and document assistance for consulates located in Chicago.

Travel Support/Assistance

Travel Protectors

Travel insurance and medical assistance that travels with you.

Tempo Travel

Travel arrangements, airline tickets, hotel reservations.

Funding Resources

AdoptFund

AdoptFund® specializes in assisting qualified adoptive parents of foster children in collecting the federal adoption tax refund to which they are entitled.  There is no up-front cost for our services.

HelpUsAdopt.org

HelpUsAdopt.org is a national non-profit financial assistance grant program that will provide qualified couples and individuals (regardless of race, religion, marital status or sexual preference) with grants of up to $15,000 towards their adoption expenses.

IRS Adoption Tax Credit

This site explains the Adoption Tax Credit and provides necessary forms.

Shaohannah's Hope

This site was founded by Steven Curtis Chapman to help families find financial resources they need for adoption. Limited grants are also available.

Fore Adoption Foundation

Gives grants for domestic special needs adoption costs started by golfer Kirk Triplett and his wife Cathi.

The ABBA Fund

"...provides interest-free loans to Christian couples who are called by God to expand their families through adoption and who need help with the cash flow crunch posed by adoption expenses."

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - New Additions

"The Dave Thomas Foundation is committed to making adoption more affordable and has joined forces with JPMorgan Chase Bank to offer a new financial resource for adoptive parents. Chase New Additions is a special discounted home-equity loan program for adoptive parents."

National Adoption Foundation

The National Adoption Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified applicants who want to bring a child into their family through adoption.

Gift of Adoption Fund

The Gift of Adoption Fund is a national 501(c) 3, that inspires adoptions by giving grants that put adoption in reach: in reach for the 140 million children worldwide in need of families, for qualified parents yearning to adopt, and for those of us who want to do something concrete to move a child from a dire situation into a life of hope and promise.

Resources 4 Adoption

This website has free information on how to "Remove financial barriers to make your adoption dream come true!"

Show Hope

Through adoption assistance grants, Show Hope donors have helped provide loving, Christian families for over 2,000 waiting orphans from 40 different countries, including the U.S. Look under the Adoption Aid tab. 

Adoption Information & Education

Joint Council on International Children's Services

JCICS advocates on behalf of children in need of permanent families and promotes ethical practices in intercountry adoption. Hands Across The Water is a member agency.

Adoption Learning Partners

This is a great site for adoption education offering a number of courses.

Adoption Families of America / Adoptive Families Magazine

This is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.

Adoption Families Circle

Adoptive families social network hosted by Adoptive Families Magazine.

Adopt Us Kids - Adoption for Military Families

Adoption for Military Families Guide

Rainbow Kids

Adoption advocacy website offering fee guides on special needs adoption, How To Adopt, Getting Started, After You Adopt, and much more.

Adoption Clubhouse

Fun activities and information for children and parents. Sponsored by the National Adoption Center.

Creating A Family

The internet radio show, Creating a Family, is an educational resource for adoptive families covering pre and post adoption issues. The show is the top rated adoption and infertility podcast on iTunes, and is hosted by Dawn Davenport, the author of The Complete Book of International Adoption (Random House). Previous guests have included Deborah Gray (Attaching in Adoption), Sherrie Eldridge (Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew), Mary Hopkins-Best (Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft) Dr. Jane Aronson (international adoption doctor and founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation), Gregory Keck (Parenting the Hurt Child), Dr. Foster Cline (Love and Logic and Can This Child Be Saved), Elizabeth Pantley (The No-Cry Sleep Solution), Dr. Julian Davies (FASD), and many more. The show airs every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00 Eastern Time and all old shows are still available for listening at the radio page or can be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.

MCFARES

Macomb Coalition for Fetal Alcohol Resources, Education and Support which is the Michigan NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) Affiliate. Volunteer adoptive parents who can help other adoptive parents navigate the maze of educational, medical and therapeutic supports and services. Phone number 586-329-6722, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family-To-Family Health Information & Ed Center

"Our goal is to improve access to quality care and supports for children with special needs in their communities by empowering families. Together with other family, community, and state-wide partners, we will seek to enhance our resources and expand outreach to families across Michigan through information, education and parent-to-parent support."

AdoptUsKids 

An array of services for both families and child welfare professionals. From tips and resources to an extensive database of children in U.S. foster care available for adoption and families who are home studied and approved to adopt them. “We have what you need right here to make your journey through foster care and adoption successful.”

Reece’s Rainbow

The mission of Reece’s Rainbow is to advocate and find families for orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs by raising funds for adoption grants and promoting awareness through an online community, media communications, and other events.

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

Through advocacy, education, adoption support, and leadership development in the U.S. and Canada, NACAC helps to reform systems, alter viewpoints, and change lives.

The Dave Thomas Foundation

A wealth of information about adoption from the foster care system.

National Council For Adoption (NCFA)

For 33 years, NCFA has been the authoritative voice for adoption. Their research and education programs have led the way in promoting sound, ethical adoption policies and practices that have enabled children to find nurturing, permanent families through adoption.

Post Adoption Resource Center – Wayne County, Michigan 

Information about the resources to families who have adopted in Wayne County, Michigan. 

Post Adoption Resource Center – Oakland County, Michigan 

Information about the resources to families who have adopted in Oakland County, Michigan.

Government Services

Secretary of State, Michigan

Locate information about a Michigan Secretary of State office near you.

USCIS Forms

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services site.

US Department of State

International adoption information.

Michigan Notary Check

You can check your Michigan notary's commission name and expiration date at this site. To check notaries commissioned in other states, go to the State government website where your notary is commissioned and search for the notary.

Single Adoptive Parenting

Single Mothers by Choice

Whether you are just beginning to consider the possibility of becoming a single mother, are trying to adopt or conceive, or are already a mother, we can provide you with information, resources, and a unique support network of your peers.

Single Adoptive Parents

An internet mailing list group for single adoptive parents both male and female.

Single Parent Dads

Website for single dads. Deals with issues such as single fathers, single parents, parenting, divorce, child custody, child support, children's rights and support groups.

National Council for Single Adoptive Parents (NCFA) - EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members receive a source list and updates of information on agencies placing children with single parents, including estimates of the waiting time and costs involved. The committee publishes the Handbook for Single Adoptive Parents, which covers the how-to aspects of adopting as well as information on bringing up the adopted child and includes single parent adoption accounts. The organization also provides information on local single adoptive parent support groups and books to read and upon request will provide names of single adoptive parents in the requester's area.

Resources for LGBT Families

Colage

COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
COLAGE Ann-Arbor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (734) 945-2454
COLAGE Metro Detroit Lea Brown This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (248) 398-7105 ext. 230

Family Equality/Family Pride

The Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

PFLAG

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.

Gay Parent Magazine

GPM provides resources on gay-friendly private schools, day and overnight camps, and gay-friendly family vacation ideas. Resources also include family building such as reproductive technology, adoption and foster care agencies. Book reviews, news, activities, and events pertaining to LGBT parents and their children are features.

Triangle Foundation

Michigan's leading organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities.

Respect All Families

This guide is put together by COLAGE regarding the use of their two posters which are also available at their website. Posters are intended to "create positive images and promote visability" of LGBT families.

Ordering Documents

Vital Check

Order birth, marriage, divorce certificates. Gives information about costs, in addition to address and phone numbers should you prefer to contact the State agency directly.

Birthparent Resources

Birth Mom Buds

An organization and website that provides peer counseling, support, encouragement, and friendship to birth moms as well as pregnant women considering adoption.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The health and nutrition program for pregnant women, mothers, and babies in Michigan.

Michigan Health Care Coverage for Pregnant Women

Through the Michigan Department of Community Health

Safe Delivery

Safe Delivery allows parents to safely surrender their newborn child no more than 72 hours old to an employee who is inside and on duty at any hospital, fire department, police station, or by calling 9-1-1. This program is a safe, legal and anonymous alternative to abandonment or infanticide and releases the newborn for placement with an adoptive family.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Sexual Assault Hotline

Resources for Foster Parents

National Foster Parent Association

A non-profit, volunteer organization established in 1972 as a result of the concerns of several independent groups that felt the country needed a national organization to meet the needs of foster families in the United States.

Foster Closet of Michigan
Organization providing aid to the Foster Care Community by supplying
clothing and other items free of charge to children in Foster Care.

 

Foster Parent College     Online training for Foster Parents.

 

Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents 269-637-5093

 

Oakland County Post Adoption Resource Center      248-410-0727

 

Wayne County Post Adoption Resource Center     877-441-4017

 

Transracial Parenting

Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care

This site offers help with transracial parenting focusing, although not exclusively, on hair care.

PACT: An Adoption Alliance 

Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color.

 

 

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