Document and NotaryServices
This site has a wealth of information on Vital Records and Secretary of States, Consulate Embassy, and country information.
Offers dossier and document assistance for consulates located in Chicago.
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 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.
This site explains the Adoption Tax Credit and provides necessary forms.
This site was founded by Steven Curtis Chapman to help families find financial resources they need for adoption. Limited grants are also available.
Gives grants for domestic special needs adoption costs started by golfer Kirk Triplett and his wife Cathi.
"...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."
"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."
The National Adoption Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified applicants who want to bring a child into their family through adoption.
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.
This website has free information on how to "Remove financial barriers to make your adoption dream come true!"
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
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.
This is a great site for adoption education offering a number of courses.
This is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.
Adoptive families social network hosted by Adoptive Families Magazine.
Adoption for Military Families Guide
Adoption advocacy website offering fee guides on special needs adoption, How To Adopt, Getting Started, After You Adopt, and much more.
Fun activities and information for children and parents. Sponsored by the National Adoption Center.
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.
"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."
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.”
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.
Through advocacy, education, adoption support, and leadership development in the U.S. and Canada, NACAC helps to reform systems, alter viewpoints, and change lives.
A wealth of information about adoption from the foster care system.
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.
Locate information about a Michigan Secretary of State office near you.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services site.
International adoption information.
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
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.
An internet mailing list group for single adoptive parents both male and female.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michigan's leading organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities.
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.
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.
An organization and website that provides peer counseling, support, encouragement, and friendship to birth moms as well as pregnant women considering adoption.
The health and nutrition program for pregnant women, mothers, and babies in Michigan.
Through the Michigan Department of Community Health
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.
Resources for Foster Parents
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.
Oakland County Post Adoption Resource Center 248-410-0727
Wayne County Post Adoption Resource Center 877-441-4017