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A GUIDE TO ADOPTION ON THE NET

Here are a few of the sites listed in the "Adoption Guide to the Internet."

Government

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse -- http://www.calib.com/naic/ -- A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the clearinghouse lists adoption agencies, experts, literature, laws and crisis pregnancy centers, among other things.

U.S. State Department -- http://travel.state.
gov/children'sissues.html -- Provides travel advisories and other tips on adopting from foreign countries.

General

Adopting.com -- http://www.adopting.com/ -- Billed by the guide as the "most comprehensive listing of Internet resources on how to adopt a child," it lists everything from adoption support groups and bulletin boards to photos of children seeking adoption and information on the rights of adoptees.

Adopting Resources -- http://www.adopt
ing.org/ -- Good range of information on agencies, attorneys, books, articles and adoption-related cards and gifts.

Adoption News -- http://pages.prodigy.
com/newadoptivemom/ -- Lots of links to agencies with waiting children and other information.

Pact: An Adoption Alliance -- http://
www.iwe.com/pact/ -- This San Francisco group helps multiracial children find adoptive parents and provides information to help their new families once they are adopted.

USA Adoption Resource by State -- http://
www.adopt-usa.com/agency.html -- Provides state-by-state listing of adoption agencies and lawyers.

Policy, laws

Center for Adoptee Rights -- http://
www.netaxs.com/sparky/adoption/rights.htm -- Tracks adoption-related legislation and promotes legal reforms, especially making adoption records open so adoptees can learn more about their birth parents.

Private agencies

ACCEPT -- http://www.adopting.org/
accept.html -- Los Altos, Calif., agency specializes in adoptions from China, India, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Africa, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.

Future Families -- http://www.adopting.org/FutureFamilies.html -- The California agency seeks adoptive parents for children in foster care.

Family Builders -- http://www.adopting.org/FamilyBuilders.html -- An Oakland, Calif., agency that helps place children with physical or emotional disabilities as well as those from certain racial and ethnic minority groups.

Kinship Center -- http://www.kinshipcenter.org/kinship.html -- The Monterey, Calif., agency places children in adoptive and foster family homes.

Partners For Adoption -- http://www.sonic.net/mfergie/pfa/ -- Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., it places U.S.-born children.

Adopt International -- http://www.adopt-intl.org/ -- The agency, which has offices in Redwood City, Calif., and Honolulu, arranges adoptions of children born in the United States, Cambodia, China, Japan, Lithuania and Romania.

Search registries

Adoptees & Birthparents in Search -- http://www.kxan.com/micah/adoptadd.html -- Site helps reunite adoptees looking for their birth parents and birth parents seeking children they put up for adoption. It includes a state-by-state list of adoptees and birth parents who are conducting such searches.

International Soundex Reunion Registry -- http://www.plumsite.com/isrr/ -- This bills itself as the "world's largest reunion registry" for adoptees and birth parents.

Adoption.com -- http://www.adoption.com/reunion/ -- Includes lists of searching adoptees and birth parents, along with chat rooms and tips on tracing family histories.

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