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Useful, interesting articles on adoption, featured throughout our site and offered for free download.

Adopting After Infertility Presentation

Adopting After Infertility Presentation

Download Pat Johnston's presentation on moving from infertility to adoption.

Adoption and Classroom Success Presentation

Adoption and Classroom Success Presentation

Download Heather T. Forbes' presentation on how to help your adopted child succeed at school.

Adoption in the Schools: A Lot to Learn

Adoption in the Schools: A Lot to Learn

This policy brief outlines the reasons educators need to learn more about adoption issues, explains the negative consequences of a lack of knowledge, and proposes steps that teachers, schools, curriculum developers and institutions of higher education can make progress toward placing all children and families on a level playing field in the classroom and beyond.

Adoption Language for Schools

Share this with your teacher to help guide adoption discussions.

Adoption Nutrition: A Starter Guide For Parents

This guide for new foster and adoptive parents will help you assess your child's nutritional state and transition their diet.

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An Insider's Guide to Identity and Adoption Presentation

An Insider's Guide to Identity and Adoption Presentation

Download Dr. Gina Samuels' presentation on the impact adoption has on identity formation.

Are You Sleeping Presentation

Are You Sleeping Presentation

Download Dr. Julian Davies' presentation on helping parents work through sleep issues in adopted children.

Become an Adoption Advocate

Become an Adoption Advocate

FREE Road-tested Tips for Families on: discussing adoption at school, answering intrusive questions, educating your community, and more.

Birthfathers Rising

Birthfathers Rising

This article on the presence of birthfathers in adoption is referenced in Open Adoption 101. Read the full article here!

Brothers and Sisters in Adoption Presentation

Brothers and Sisters in Adoption Presentation

Download Arleta James' presentation on helping children navigate relationships when new kids join the family.

Brothers and Sisters Resource List

Brothers and Sisters Resource List

Download a list of resources for more information on bringing a new child into your family.

Building Bonds of Attachment Presentation

Building Bonds of Attachment Presentation

Download Deborah Gray's presentation filled with practical, expert advice on building bonds of attachment.

Building Bonds Of Attachment Resources

Building Bonds Of Attachment Resources

Resources mentioned in Deborah Gray's webinar on the building bonds of attachment.

Can We Talk? Presentation

Can We Talk? Presentation

Download Pat Irwin Johnston's presentation from the webinar Can We Talk? When Kids Star Asking About Adoption

Expectation vs. Realities Resource List

Expectation vs. Realities Resource List

Download our resource list for parents of special needs children.

Expectations vs. Realities Webinar Presentation

Expectations vs. Realities Webinar Presentation

Download Martha Osborne's presentation on the expectations vs. realities of parenting and adopted child with special need.

FASD - Questions for Potential Providers

Download this list of Question for Potential Providers from Diane Malbin and learn more about how to hear the full interview.

FASD and How to Work Effectively with Mental Health Professionals

Download this great tip sheet from Dan Debovsky and learn more about how to hear the full interview.

FASD Presentation

FASD Presentation

Download Dr. Chasnoff's presentation on how to sort through complications that may arise when raising a child who was exposed to drugs or alcohol before birth.

Growing Up Adopted Presentation

Growing Up Adopted Presentation

Download the presentation for Growing Up Adopted.

Habits for Happy and Healthy Mealtimes Resources

Habits for Happy and Healthy Mealtimes Resources

Download the list of 8 healthy habits and resources for more information on happy and healthy mealtimes.

Healthy Eating Habits and Beyond Presentation

Healthy Eating Habits and Beyond Presentation

Download the Healthy Eating Habits and Beyond Presentation.

Helping Classmates Understand Adoption

Helping Classmates Understand Adoption

An adoption and school handout to give to other parents at your child's school or to send home with classmates after an adoption presentation.

How I Explained Adoption to the First Grade

How I Explained Adoption to the First Grade

An adoptive mother shares how she was able to explain adoption in a language and style first graders were able to understand. PLUS: a list of useful adoption resources and tips from professionals for talking about adoption in schools.

How to Lobby Your Employer for Adoption Benefits

How to Lobby Your Employer for Adoption Benefits

For many prospective adoptive parents, lack of employee adoption benefits can put adoption financially out of reach. This article provides helpful strategies and tools to help adoptive families begin a discussion with their employer about adoption benefits.

Inside The Adoption Circle Presentation

Inside The Adoption Circle Presentation

Download the Inside the Adoption Circle's Presentation.

Is It An Adoption Thing? Presentation

Is It An Adoption Thing? Presentation

Download Dr. Keck's presentation on determining if challenging behaviors are adoption related or not.

Nutrition Resources for Adoptive Parents

A list of nutrition resources mentioned by Dr. Dana Johnson.

Open Adoption Works for Us

Open Adoption Works for Us

Sharon writes about her family's experience with open adoption and their relationship with her daughter's birth family. Read the full article here!

Parenting Do's and Don'ts from Dr. Keck

Parenting Do's and Don'ts from Dr. Keck

Download some suggestions from Dr. Keck

Positive Adoption Language

Positive Adoption Language

By using - and teaching others about - positive adoptive language, adoptive families help tear down adoption misconceptions. This article helps families understand which phrases and words are the most positive and why.

Post-Adoption Paperwork for International Adoptions

Post-Adoption Paperwork for International Adoptions

When you're adopting a child internationally, it seems like the paperwork never stops. This useful tipsheet explains how to obtain the documents you need to verify that the adoption is final and that your child is a legal U.S. citizen.

School's In Session Presentation

Download the presentation slides from Judy Stigger, LCSW and Carmen Knight

School's In Session Resource List

Download a list of resources to help parents support their children in school.

Sexual Abuse Presentation

Sexual Abuse Presentation

Download the Sexual Abuse Presentation.

Skin Care Tips from Braids, Curls, Twists and Twirls

Great tips for caring for skin of color. Learn more about hair and skin care in Braids, Curls, Twists & Twirls: A How-To for Natural Black Hair Care

Snack, Play, Love Resource List

Snack, Play, Love Resource List

Resources mentioned in Dr. Karyn Purvis' webinar on the connection between nutrition and your child's behavior.

Snack, Play, Love Webinar Presentation

Snack, Play, Love Webinar Presentation

Download Dr. Karyn Purvis' presentation on the connection between nutrition and your child's behavior.

Tackling Tough Adoption Talks Presentation

Tackling Tough Adoption Talks Presentation

Download the Tackling Tough Adoption Talks presentation.

Tackling Tricky Assignments

Tackling Tricky Assignments

A seemingly harmless school project can often stir up emotions - and questions - in an adopted child. This article helps parents work with their adopted child to help them tackle these tricky assignments.

Ten Tips for Adoption Travel

Ten Tips for Adoption Travel

International adoption travel is common and can be an exciting and stressful part of the adoption process. This article helps prospective adoptive parents make the most of their trip.

The First Doctor's Visit Resources

The First Doctor's Visit Resources

Download the list of nutrition lab tests for the initial visit and resources for more information on the first doctor's visit with your internationally adopted child.

The Scoop on Nutrition and the Adopted Child Presentation

The Scoop on Nutrition and the Adopted Child Presentation

Download Dr. Dana Johnson's presentation on the impact of poor nutrition and how parents can help children adopted internationally catch up.

Tired of Timeouts Presentation

Tired of Timeouts Presentation

Download the Tired of Timeouts Presentation.

Top 10 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew Presentation

Top 10 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew Presentation

Download the Top 10 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew presentation.

Top 5 Attachment Concerns Presentation

Top 5 Attachment Concerns Presentation

Download the Expert Advice on Your Top 5 Attachment Concerns' Presentation.

Where They Once Called Home Presentation

Where They Once Called Home Presentation

Download the presentation for Where They Once Called Home.

Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption?

Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption?

All states have their own laws regarding adoption. This helpful article from the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides clear concise information on eligibility.

Why Internationally Adopted Children are At-Risk for Malnutrition

Why Internationally Adopted Children are At-Risk for Malnutrition

Download the list of common nutrient deficiencies, contributing factors to malnutrition, and resources for more information on why internationally adopted children are at-risk.

Recorded Webinar

Healthy Eating Habits and Beyond

Healthy Eating Habits and Beyond

Worry about nutrition and growth and the resulting power struggles are often top concerns for adoptive and foster parents.

Join Katja Rowell, M.D. as she explores why a child may be struggling, how stress and conflict negatively impact eating and weight regulation, and what parents can do right away to address challenges.

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