Resources for Adult Adoptees


Below is a list of resources adult adoptees 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.

Adoption Network Cleveland
Adoption Network Cleveland is a non-profit educational, support and advocacy organization for all those touched by adoption — adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, foster children and former foster children, and the professionals who serve them.

American Adoption Congress
Represents those whose lives are touched by adoption or other loss of family continuity. We promote honesty, openness and respect for family connections in adoption, foster care and assisted reproduction. We provide education for our members and professional communities about the lifelong process of adoption.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
The Adoption Institute’s mission is to provide leadership that improves adoption laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by 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.

Touched by Adoption
Touched by Adoption is a group that provides peer support in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Sharing our stories is the core of what we do, believing that storytelling is a powerful way to share ourselves and gain self understanding. We understand that there is no one right story and that our stories change and grow over time. This means that we do not provide clinical therapy or advice. We are all listeners and learners on our journey.