Adoption Research and Reference Resources for Children, Parents and Adoptees


What is Adoption?

Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. Adoption results in the severing of the parental responsibilities and rights of the biological parents and the placing of those responsibilities and rights onto the adoptive parents.

After the finalization of an adoption, there is generally no legal difference between biological and adopted children, though in some jurisdictions, some exceptions may apply.

This following websites are provided to section is provided to assist Private Investigators in finding information on adoption, adoptees, adoption laws and legislation, or to help anyone who is looking to be reunited with a family member or friend.

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Federal Government Adoption Organizations

Office of Minority Health Resource Center – The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.   OMH was established in 1985 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It advises the Secretary and the Office of Public Health and Science on public health program activities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

Federally Funded Adoption Resource Centers and Adoption Clearinghouses

  • ABA Center on Children and the Law – Improving children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy.
  • Child Welfare League of America – The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization, has been known and respected as a champion for children since 1920. Our primary objective, and the title of both our current strategic plan and our National Framework for Community Action, is Making Children a National Priority. To do that, we must engage all Americans in promoting the well-being of children and young people and protecting them from harm.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service – National Criminal Justice Reference Service
  • National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement – The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement is a part of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, at the University of Southern Maine. The Center supports organizations committed to the welfare of children, youth and families through training, technical assistance, research and evaluation.

Intelius People Search, the leading provider of People Search and Background Check reports. Intelius has an extensive selection of people search reports, background checks, criminal records, court records, real estate and financial reports.

  • National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth – This section of the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) Web site offers information on selected new youth initiatives, reports and publications, and funding announcements.
  • Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health – The Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health was established in 1984 at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Center is dedicated to promoting effective community-based, culturally competent, family-centered services for families and their children who are, or may be affected by mental, emotional or behavioral disorders. This goal is accomplished through collaborative research partnerships with family members, service providers, policy makers, and other concerned persons.

National and Regional Adoption Exchanges

National Adoption Center – Faces of AdoptionThe National Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children throughout the United States, particularly for children with special needs and those from minority cultures.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange– Welcome to the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Web site. MARE is a private, non-profit agency providing extensive resources, programs and services related to foster care adoption. This Web site provides information on the adoption process as well as a partial photo listing of children available for adoption, a calendar of events and trainings, on-line forms and related links.

Other Adoption Links

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  • Adoption Policy Resource Center – Steven Humerickhouse and Timothy O’Hanlon established Adoption Advocates in 1995 to support adoption through direct advocacy for individual adoptive families and to provide technical assistance to organizations and professionals. Steve Humerickhouse is not an active partner at this time. Renamed Adoption Subsidy Advocates in 2002, the organization is developing a strong record of success in their efforts to help families obtain support.
  • Adopting.Com – Everything prospective adoptive parents need to know about adopting
  • Adoption.Com – is committed to helping as many children as possible find loving, permanent homes. We also provide critical information at the decision-making moment to women facing crisis pregnancies. We assist adoptees and birth parents to find birth families, and we help hopeful adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true. We are especially committed to helping special needs children in the U.S. and around the world, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to find families.
  • Canadian Adoptee Registry – Canadian Adoptee Registry website.


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