Adoption Laws By State
This is one of my favorite resources for laws by state. Since adoption is not federally regulated, each state varies on it’s adoption laws. It is very important information to have at hand, especially if you are pursuing a private adoption. (Please note that things can change periodically and this is just a reference tool that is several years old. Follow the second link below for more up to date detailed information.)
Every Adoption Law You Could Ever Want To Know (or at least close to it!)
Adoption and Foster Training
Even if you have already adopted, I find many of the courses offered by this site to be very helpful. I was lucky enough that my state allowed me to take these since I couldn’t get into the county classes offered. I found matching courses to what our state offers and took those, plus a few additional ones that I just thought would be helpful. I am considering looking at more now that we have adopted to just continue my training.
These are the classes my husband and I took initially:
Surviving in Today’s Foster Care Climate
The Foster Care Experience
Parenting Abused & Neglected Children
Parenting Children Across Racial & Cultural Lines
The Sexual Behaviors of Traumatized Children
There IS a Difference Between RAD & AD Disorders
The Adoption Process – A Personal Experience
Difficult Children 101
Foster Parents & Birth Parents – Working Together For The Children
Loss and Grief – Foster & Adopted Children
Here’s another great resource for online courses. These don’t come with certification, but are great resources and offer a lot of information for only $5 each. Adoption Training
This group offers many courses and webinars that are also extremely helpful in understanding the in’s and out’s of adoption! Adoption Learning
11 Types of Adoption
Here is a great blog posted written by an adoptive mom named Casy Chappell. This blog focuses on differentiating between types of adoption. It is a great starting point for quick summaries of the options you have in adoption.
Information on Ohio Adoption Advocacy
New Ohio Tax Credit Increase and Other Adoption Law Changes: More coming info coming soon!