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
Adoption assistance helps support parents raising a child with special care needs who meets the eligibility criteria for adoption assistance in Ch. DCF 50 Administrative Code. This assistance may include:

  • medical assistance for some medical costs not covered by the family’s health insurance
  • a monthly amount to help care for the child
  • reimbursement of reasonable and necessary expenses to complete the adoption

State of WI Adoption Search Program
The Adoption Record Search Program helps adopted persons get information about themselves and their birth relatives. Persons whose birth parents have terminated their parental rights* in Wisconsin can also get information about themselves and their birth relatives.

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 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.


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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.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

Creating a Family
Creating a Family is the national adoption & infertility education organization. Their mission is to strengthen families through unbiased education and support for infertility patients, adoptive parents, and allied professionals. Their website contains an extensive variety of educational videos, articles, radio shows, blog posts, and more.

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.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.

National Council For Adoption
Passionately committed to the belief that every child deserves to thrive in a nurturing, permanent family, National Council For Adoption’s mission is to meet the diverse needs of children, birth parents, adopted individuals, adoptive families, and all those touched by adoption through global advocacy, education, research, legislative action, and collaboration.

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.