Resources for Adoptive Families

resourcesadoptiveBelow is a list of resources* adoptive families have found most helpful. If you have any suggestions for additions, please contact us.

*No resources are specifically endorsed by Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center or the State of WI Department of Children and Families. Annotations are taken from the organizations’ websites.


Birth to 3 Program
The first three years are the most important building blocks of your child’s future. The Birth to 3 Program is a federally-mandated program (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA) to support families of children with delays or disabilities under the age of three.

International Adoption Clinic – Milwaukee
Based in the Child Development Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s International Adoption Clinic offers services to families adopting children from outside the United States, many of whom may have medical or developmental needs.

International Adoption Clinic – Twin Cities, MN
Providing pre- and post-adoption medical guidance (including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders evaluations) plus academic research to help mitigate the long-term effects of early childhood adversity.

State of WI Adoption Assistance Program

State of WI Adoption Search Program

State of WI Department of Children and Families

WI Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Resource Centers
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program collaborates with national, state and community-based partners to link children to appropriate services, close service gaps, reduce duplication and develop policies to better serve families.

Wisconsin DHS
Directory of child and adolescent day treatment programs.

Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project – UW Madison
The Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project (WTOP) provides training and consultation on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), clinical assessment of women and children at risk, and support professionals to work with individuals with FASD.

Wisconsin Family Ties
Wisconsin Family Ties is a statewide not-for-profit organization run by families for families that include children and adolescents who have emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders. It provides advocacy, support groups, information and referral and education. Phone: 608-267-6888 or toll free for parents only 800-422-7145.


Adoption Learning Partners
The mission of Adoption Learning Partners is to offer meaningful, timely, web-based educational adoption resources for professionals, parents, adopted individuals, and the families that love them.

Adoptive Families Magazine
Adoptive Families, the award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.

The ALERT Program by Therapy Works, Inc.
Based on the book, How Does Your Engine Run?® A Leader’s Guide to the Alert Program® for Self-Regulation (Williams & Shellenberger, 1996), ALERT is an innovative program that supports children, teachers, parents, and therapists to choose appropriate strategies to change or maintain states of alertness.

Brain Gym
A worldwide network dedicated to enhancing living and learning through the science of movement.

Empowered to Connect
Empowered To Connect offers resources for adoptive and foster parents to help them develop strong and life-changing connections with their kids. Based on Dr. Karyn Purvis’ work and research at TCU’s Child Development Center.

Foster Parent College
We provide innovative, research-based, interactive online courses for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents.

Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS)
Joint Council helps orphaned and vulnerable children live in a permanent and safe family by advocating on their behalf, marshaling the resources they need, educating those who serve them and mobilizing those who care.

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
NACAC promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs.