ONLINE RESOURCES

Adoption

North American Council on Adoptable Children
Provides articles and information on post adoption resources for adoptive families.
The Center for Adoption Support and Education
Provides information for kids, teens, parents, birth parents, educators and professionals.
Child Welfare Information Gateway (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. Visit often for the latest on a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau
Provides information about adoption.
Sacramento County Ombudsman
Information about ombudsman services.
Sacramento County Adoption
Sacramento County is a licensed adoption agency.
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Provides information for adoptive parents and professionals identifies information on adoption for the adoption community.
The Pact, an Adoption Alliance
Founded by adoptive parents as an adoption resource site.
Tapestry Books
A publishing house website specializing in books on all aspects of the adoption experience. Browse the book summaries.
Rainbow Kids
Provides adoption information, international adoptions, special needs adoptions, adoption articles and waiting child photolistings.
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute Research
An extensive examination of adoptive families in the United States that concludes that too many are not receiving the essential services they need, and calls for a reshaping of national priorities and resources to develop and provide such services.

Training on Adoption Topics

Sierra Forever Families
Provides events and classes for adoptive families.
American River College Foster and Kinship Care Education
Provides classes on foster parenting.
Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education Program
Provides classes on foster parenting.

ADD/ADHD

CHADD
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)
Shari Landes’ Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Reference List
Guide to of useful links.
Christian ADHD.com
Christian perspective and approach to handling problems arising with this disorder.
ADD Action Group
A collection of articles on alternate treatments and other aspects off ADD/ADHD.
ADDitude
An on-line magazine for people with ADD.

Autism

Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the U.S
A national nonprofit organization committed to providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on Asperger Syndrome and related conditions.
The Autism Society of America
Provides a great source of information and help.
The Autism Network International
A self help group run by and for autistic individuals.
The Autism Research Institute
A non-profit organization which researches autism and disseminates information on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Autism Resources
Provides a a list of available California resources and contacts.
MDjunction.com
There is an excellent online support group for parents and kids.

Cerebral Palsy

National Institute of Neurological Disorders
Provides information on diagnosis and treatment as well as links to other resources.
The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
A good place to start researching Cerebral Palsy issues.

Community Family Resources

Wind Youth Services
Works with youth experiencing homelessness, helping them find safety from the streets and giving them access to resources to help them move from crisis to health, functioning and independent lives
Call 2-1-1 Sacramento
Information about programs and community services for families in Sacramento
Sacramento Community Family Resources
Central listing of family resources in Sacramento.
Challenge Sports
Sports for school aged kids with special needs.
Warrior’s Soul Inc.
Equine Guided Education.

Disabilities – General

Family Village
A global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities.
The Post Adoptive Resource Project
Offers support for families who have adopted children with emotional/behavioral disabilities
Kid’s Together
Designed to provide helpful information and resources to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.
The Disablilities Law Project
Aimed at advancing the civil rights of persons with disabilities.
Alta Regional Center
An agency dedicated to providing support, resources and intervention to children and adults with significant disabilities.

Education

The Special Ed Advocacy Library
Provides articles and advice on hoe best to get your child the education they need.
Wrightslaw
A site providing pages of legal resources for parents and professionals with special education issues to resolve.
Sacramento County Office of Education
Has a site that offers parent resources and school accountability report cards as well as listings of programs and services offered throughout the county

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The FAS Community Resource Center
Provides information on the diagnosis, treatment and parenting of children with FAS/FAE.
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
A national organization focusing solely on FAS.

For Children

The National Adoption Center’s – AdoptionClubHouse
The National Adoption Center provides an exciting web site specifically for adopted children between 8 and 13, their parents and others interested in knowing what’s on the mind of young adoptees.

Fragile X Syndrome

The National Fragile X Foundation
Provides a lot of information and resources concerning the most common cause of inherited mental impairment.
The National Fragile X Research Foundation
This website will keep you informed of the latest research into this disorder.

Legal

The Adoption LawSite
Aims to deliver a single online resource where prospective adoptive parents, biological parents, adoption and child welfare lawyers, juvenile and family court judges and child advocates of all kinds can turn to for child welfare and adoption law information.
Area Board 3
An advocacy organization providing education, support and advocacy to people with disabilities
The Juvenile Law Center
A non-profit, public interest law firm which advances the rights and well being of children in jeopardy. They work for the reform and coordination of the child welfare, juvenile justice and public health care systems in their delivery of services to children.
Disability Rights California
Is dedicated to providing free advocacy and legal assistance to California residents with disabilities.
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
An organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

Learning Disabilities

LDonline
An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children
The Learning Disability Association
The largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities
The Parenthood Web
A quick guide to symptoms and solutions.
Parents and Educators Resource Center
Offers a comprehensive set of resource links categorized by specific learning difference.
The Schwab Foundation
Offers support for families with a learning disability as well as resources for professionals.
Apraxia-Kids
Claims to be the Internet’s most comprehensive site for information on developmental apraxia of speech (verbal dyspraxia).
Math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org
Provides a growing directory of education related articles

Medical

Web_MD
Another good general medical reference site with an excellent guide to medications.
Dr C. Everett Koop former US Surgeon General
A comprehensive site offering medical news along with drug and disease references.
The Warmline Family Resource Centers
Dedicated to providing support to families with children with special medical needs
The National Organization for Rare Disorders
Maintains databases that may help you find help for an unusual problem.
The Mayo Clinic
Another great source for medical information

Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health
A comprehensive guide with diagnosis, case studies and medication advice.
The Health Gazette
An excellent resource for clinical diagnosis and treatment.
Internet Mental Health
Guide to symptoms, treatment & resources
The Mental Health America Sacramento, CA (MHA )
A nonprofit citizen’s organization that develops, supports and promotes innovative education and advocacy programs.
The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
A national parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.
Sacramento County Mental Health Crisis Intervention
Offers information on the services provided.
Sacramento County Mental Health Services
Offers information on the services provided.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Mental Health
Offers good technical descriptions of the symptoms, causes and treatments of this disorder.

Parenting and Adoption Training

Foster Parent College
Offers on-line training for foster, adoptive, kinship, and birth parents. These interactive courses provide valuable information, insights and advice from experts on dealing with challenges faced by foster parents.

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Attach
Website has a growing list of parents and professionals interested in attachment and bonding issues.
Attachment Disorder Site
Website offers articles and information.
Attachment.Adoption.com
A large site with many pertinent articles.
Institute for Attachment and Child Development
Pioneers in the treatment of attachment disorder they are committed to transforming the lives of children with attachment disorder and their families.
The Attachment Disorder Support Group
Offers real time on line networking and support.
A Reactive Attachment Disorder Primer
Provides a comprehensive self-guided tour through many facets of this dicorder.
Theraplay
Has short-term, therapist-directed play therapy for children and their parents.
Dr. Martha G. Welch
One of a very limited number of medical doctors in the United States who specialize in Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Center for Family Development
Provides articles and research.
Heal the Hearts Foundation
Promotes the education and understanding of Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Families By Design
Nancy Thomas’ site featuring books, articles, and helpful tips.
Attach-China
Website is devoted to educating parents of children adopted from China about Reactive Attachment Disorder.
The Little Prince
A nice site run by a RAD parent. It has great poetry as well as advice.
RadKid
A well-presented and informative site put together by a paramedic who has been personally touched by this disorder.

Search and Reunion

Searchforbirthfamily.com
Offers a birth parent and adoptee registry search service

Special Needs Adoption

The National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoptions (better known as Spaulding for Children)
Provides training and support services for everyone involved with special needs adoption.
Adoption.com
Website has a large amount of information and articles relating to adopting an older child.

Spina Bifida

Children with Spina Bifida
A resource page for parents.
Spina Bifida Association of America
The mission of the organization is the prevention of spina bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected.

Tourette Syndrome

The Tourette Syndrome Association
A national organization dedicated to providing up-to-date, accurate information about Tourette Syndrome.

Trauma

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma in the United States and around the world.

 

* Thanks to TAPLINK for their assistance with researching this information.

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