New Star Kafala Online Resource Center

Welcome to the Online Resource Center for New Star Kafala. Here you will find information regarding Internet, print and other resources available as you pursue and complete an international adoption. This resource list  will allow you to acquire information about various issues you may face, including common behavioral and medical issues associated with International Adoptions. The resources provided will also assist in connecting you with support groups, adoption clinics and experts as needed.

Please note: These organization links are provided because they offer useful information; they are not explicitly endorsed by NSK. NSK claims no control or responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained in the websites.

Print Resources & Recommended Reading

General Adoption Information:

  • Adopting a Toddler: What Size Shoes Does She Wear? by Denise Harris Hoppenhauer

  • Dim Sum, Bagels and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families, by Myra Alperson

  • Communicating with the Adopting Child, by Miriam Komar, DSW – Offers adoptive parents an insightful guide to the importance of the ongoing process of talking with your child about adoption issues.

  • Real Parents, Real Children (Parenting the Adopted Child), by Holly van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb – A practical guide for parents at all stages in the adoption process, preparation, arrival and forever after. Good foundation for adoptive parents.

  • Being Adopted, The Lifelong Search for Self  by David Brodzinsky Ph.D. and Marshall D. Schicter, M.D. – This book uses life experiences of adoptees to provide a unique understanding of adoption.

Adoptive Parenting Information:

  • Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss, by Claudia Jewett Jarratt

  • How To Raise An Adopted Child, by Judith Schaffer & Christina Lindstrom

  • Raising Adopted Children, by Lois Melina

  • The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Familyby Purvis, Cross & Sunshine

Children’s Books About Adoption:

  • Adoption is Always, by Linda Walvoord Girard (5-10)

  • All Kinds of Families, by Norman Simon (3-7)

  • How I Was Adopted, by Joanne Cole (3-7)

  • Jin Woo, by Eve Bunting (5-10)

  • The Little Green Goose, by Adele Sansone (3-7)

  • We Wanted You, by Liz Rosenberg

  • Families Are Different, by Nina Pelligrini (3-7) – A gentle story of a young, adopted girl discovering that many different types of families have one thing in common: love.

  • A Mother for Choco, by Keiko Kasza (3-7) – A lonely little bird searches for a mother and discovers that it is more important for a mom to hug, kiss and love than to look like him.

  • Susan and Gordon Adopt a Baby, by Sesame Street – A baby is being adopted on Sesame Street. All the familiar characters of Sesame Street react to the adoption of Miller. Feelings expressed include happiness, excitement, caring and yes, even a little jealousy on Big Bird’s part. In the end, everyone realizes that adoption is simply another way for a child to join a family.

  • Why Was I Adopted? By Carole Livingston – An intermediate level book which discusses the facts of adoption with a loving style and catchy illustration.

  • Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow (Hollywood Nobody) by Gregory C. Keck and Regina Kupecky

  • The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross and Wendy Sunshine

  • Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

  • Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child by Trish Maskew

  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah D. Gray

  • Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best

Adoption Publications & Subscriptions

A publication focusing on adoptive and prospective adoptive families.

The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to identify traumatized children; educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma; and empower families to respond to their child’s behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

The Adoption Institute provides adoption information to media, lawmakers, and individuals on topics such as survey data and governmental research data.

NACAC’s Adoption Subsidy Resource Center provides information on how each state operates their Title IV-E Adoption Assistance program. Adoption assistance information is also available for each province in Canada. For further information, please call (800) 470-6665.

The Report on Intercountry Adoptions is an extensive compilation of information regarding international adoption programs and licensed agencies in all 50 states. There are also numerous articles on adoption-related issues. The Report is updated and printed annually.

JCICS is a membership organization which advocates on behalf of parentless children worldwide. JCICS promotes ethical child welfare practices, strengthens professional standards and educates adoptive families, social service professionals and government representatives throughout the world. Contact JCICS at 703-535-8045 or visit their website.

Contains articles and tips for those considering adoption and for those who  already have adopted.

This site contains fact sheets, adoption information, travel information, culture and heritage, maps, weather, books, currency exchange rates, periodicals, news and much more for dozens of different countries with active international adoption programs.

Includes contact information for the Adoption Assistance Specialist in each state and territory, when available.


Adoption Law & Policy Related Resources

Adoption Subsidy Advocates provides free initial consultation and related policy information to adoptive families, attorneys, advocates and agency professionals.

The Center is a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children. These include child abuse and neglect, adoption, adolescent health, foster and kinship care, custody and support, guardianship, missing and exploited children, and children’s exposure to domestic violence.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising Congressional and public awareness about the issue of adoption. CCAI serves as an informational and educational resource to policymakers about current domestic and international adoption-related matters.

The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy seeks to improve the law, policies, and practices associated with child protection and adoption systems.

Child Trends, with support from Casey Family Programs, hosts a website that acts as the clearinghouse for state child welfare policies. The database provides information on child welfare laws, procedures, and agency guidance for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Special Needs Adoptions Resources

Adoption related Government Sites

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