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alt.adoption FAQ 1: Introduction & Search Links

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alt.adoption FAQ 1: Introduction & Search Links
***********************************************

Theses FAQs are posted in full twice a month to alt.adoption.
The FAQs can be obtained between postings via:
 ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/genealogy/adoption
 ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/km/kmc/
 ftp://ftp.webcom.com/pub/kmc/adoption
 http://www.webcom.com/kmc/adoption/faqs.html
 mailto:kmc@netcom.com (Kevin McCarty)
 mailto:aa742@freenet.buffalo.edu (Rosemarie Ventura)

Contents
========

Introduction
1.  Adoptive Parents and those interested in adopting.
2.  Those Considering Placing a Child for Adoption
3.  Foster Parent sites.
4.  Other Adoption Related FAQs
5.  USA Legislative Links
6.  How to Start Searching - Some Basics
7.  Reunion Registry and other Adoption Search Databases
8.  Searchable Databases, not Adoption Focused.
9.  Search Assistance - nonprofit

Introduction
============

Alt.adoption is an unmoderated forum for all those interested
in discussing adoption.  Adoptees, birth and adoptive parents,
those considering adopting and those considering placing a child
for adoption, our friends, families post here as well as those
whose work is in some way connected to adoption.

The FAQs are in the process of evolving from primary information
sources to an index of adoption related links. With the increased
number of people who have web access and the every increasing
number of sites, it makes sense to move the bulkier files and
databases to web sites.  So under 'How to Start a Search' you
won't find the old text file.  Instead you'll find a list of
sites with information on that topic. 

Things may be in a bit of disarray while the transition in happening, 
so don't be afraid to ask if you can't find what you thought was here 
last month.  Also look in the big "other sites" area in the last
section of the FAQ while thinkgs are being sorted out.  Please let me 
know if you think your site is not listed in the proper topic(s).

aa742@freenet.buffalo.edu

The bulk of these FAQs are geared toward searching adoptees and 
birthparents. This only reflects the knowledge area and
interests of those who have contributed and in no way diminishes
the importance of other interests and perspectives. It is hoped
that others will come forward to fill the gaps.  

1. Adoptive Parents and those interested in adopting
====================================================

  Resources for Adoptive Parents
  ------------------------------
    <mailto: resources@adoption.com>

The mailing list ADOPTION also maintains a collection of
helpful files and resource references for those considering
adopting and on various adoptive parenting topics.  Many of
those files distribute only to members of that list.

2. Those Considering Placing a Child for Adoption
=================================================

Those considering placing a child for adoption will find
inforamtion of benefit to them on the web site of the
American Association of Open Adoptiong Agencies:

    <URL:http://www.openadoption.org/>

Of particular value is the Domestic Infant Adoption Advice pages
    <URL:http://www.openadoption.org/bbetzen/>

Thse pages provide a checklist for interviewing agencies, warning
signs, general information on rights, etc.

     Maintained by Bill Bentzen bbetzen@aol.com.

3. Foster Parents Sites
=======================

alt.support.foster-parents

Foster Parent Mailing List
  subscribe address: majordomo@worldacceess.com
  subscribe message: subscribe foster-parents
  contact for list : clg46@worldaccess.com  (Cheryl)

Foster Parents WWW Page
   <URL:http://www.worldaccess.com/~clg46/>

      Information on and for foster parents and parenting.  Foster
      parents are invited to fill out the survey on this page.

4. FAQS
=======

  alt.adoption FAQS
  -----------------
    See top of the page for where the faqs can be found between 
    postings.

    The full FAQs are in 7 parts:

      1.     Introduction & Search Links
      2.     USA Search and Support Groups 
      3.     International Search Info
      4.     USA Open Reocrds Lobby Orgs
      5.     USA National Organizations
      6      Books, Multimedia, etc. 
      7.     Other Internet Resources

  Resources for Adoptive Parents
  ------------------------------
    <URL:mailto:resources@adoption.com>

    Links of interest to adoptive parents and those looking to
    adopt.  Maintained by Julie Valentine julie@adoption.com

  Adoption Mailing List FAQs
  --------------------------
     
     The mailing list ADOPTION also maintains FAQs on adoption from
     from India, Russia, Bulgaria, perhaps others countries and 
     topics maintained by members. Some FAQs may distribute to list 
     members only.

  Canadian Search FAQ
  -------------------
    <URL:http://www2.portal.ca/~adoption>

      Problems, questions, changes should be directed to Jim Kelly
      jkelly@wimsey.com

  United Kingdom FAQ
  ------------------
    <URL:http://box.argonet.co.uk/users/adopt>

      Information on adoption in the UK for those interested in
      adopting and searching adoptees and birth parents is now
      located at Adoption Interlink - UK

      The web site is maintained by Bill Simpson adopt@argonet.co.uk
      The UK search information is maintained by Phil Ormsby 
      ormsby@itl.net

5. USA Legislative
==================

  AIML Home Page
  --------------
    <URL:http://www.webreflection.com/aiml/>

      Laws on access to birth certificates and adoption records,
      searchable by state.

  Adoptees Resources Home Page
  ----------------------------
    <URL:http://psy.ucsd.edu/~jhartung/adoptees.html>

      Links to state and federal legislative sites,  information on 
      bills currently before the legislature.

  Adoptee's Right to Know
  -----------------------
    <URL:http://www.alt.net/~waltj/shea/adopt.html>

      Information on current legislative activity, proposed changes,
      controversial decisions.  

  Adoption Policy Resource Center
  -------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.fpsol.com/adoption/advocates.html>

      Legislative news and analysis, court decisions,
      links to statues. Their 'advocacy' is for the
      adopting, not the adopted or birth parents but
      some of the legal coverage effects us all.

  AZ State home page
  ------------------
    <URL:http://www.state.az.us/>

    The state of AZ home page links to the AZ Confidential
    Intermediary program, laws, how to contact, statistics, etc.

  CT - A Voice for Connecticut's Children
  ---------------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.xeonarts.com/pols/100th/children.html>

      CT. State Rep Susan Bysiewicz.  Information on changes in
      state child care system and records access.

  Dept Health Human Services - USA
  --------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.os.dhhs.gov/resdata.html>

  FAQs, ADOPTION LAW AND REFORM
  -----------------------------

   <URL:ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/km/kmc/adoption/>
   <URL:ftp://ftp.webcom.com/pub/kmc/adoption/>
   <URL:http://www.webcom.com/kmc/>

   Each ftp site has subdirectories /search and /law/ca/cases.

   See file /pub/km/kmc/adoption/readme.txt for a full description,
   some files available in more than one version [Ascii, GNU, ZIP,    
   HTML]

   Among the offerings at these sites:

   - In the /search subdirectory, forms for AOL and VSN.
   - Commentary on some proposed laws and recent studies.
   - In /cases subdirectory, information on some high profile cases.
   - UN Convention documents related to adoption.


  F.R.E.E. - Father's Rights and Equality Exchange
  ------------------------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.vix.com>

  Krasniqi Family Information
  ---------------------------
    <URL:http://user.aol.com/doughskept/witchhunt/krasniqi.txt>

      Information on the efforts to help the Krasniqi family.
      Council on American-Islamic Relations cair1@ix.netcom.com

  Missouri Links - Lisa Grimm's Page
  ----------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~tcrnlag/aquarius.html>

  NYSCCC
  ------
    <URL:http://www.nysccc.org>

      Articles from the newsletter on legislature and issues
      effecting adoption in New York state.  Email NYSCCC@aol.com    

6. How to Start Searching - Some Basics
=======================================

  Adoptees Resources Home Page
  ----------------------------
    <URL:http://www.psy.ucsd.edu/~jhartung/adoptees.html>

  Adoptee's Right to Know
  -----------------------
    <URL:http://www.alt.net/~waltj/shea/adopt.html>

  Adoptee Search and Reunion Resource Page
  ----------------------------------------
    <URL:http://www3.aqua.net/~scunning/>

      Maintained by scunningham@edgenet.net

  Carter Thompson's WWW Home Page
  -------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.armory.com/~cartert/ >

  Searching For Birth Relatives - NAIC 
  ------------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.adopting.org/bfsearch.html>

7. REUNION REGISTRIES, SEARCH LISTINGS, ETC
===========================================

  AOL Search Folders
  ------------------

    One does not need to be a member of AOL to join the AOL Search 
    Files.  An outline for submissions is available via FTP:
    <URL:ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/km/kmc/adoption/search/>
    and via email from: ah241@freenet.carleton.ca.

    Aol subscribers can add their own information directly to the 
    database. Keyword: Adoption then Go to Forum with the word SEARCH 
    in it. Page to the state you were born or relinquished in and 
    POST your information. 

    Questions or problems should be directed to Laznlady@aol.com

  LINKS Post-Legal Adoption (Canada)
  ----------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.freenet.mb.ca/links
 
      Canadian born searching adoptees and birthfamily  
      Provided by LINKS Post-Legal Adoption Support Group Inc. 
      Contact R. Kading rkading@freenet.mb.ca

  Action Services for the Adult Adoptee
  -------------------------------------
    <URL://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/actionred/>

      Search links, classifieds, etc. Maintained by
      Becky Tanner-Jackson 102353.1006@compuserve.com

  AdoptLINK
  ---------
    <URL:http://www.adoptlink.com>

      Email cavalier@suba.com (Mark Ailsworth)

  Adoption: Adoptees and Birth Parents in search of ...
  -----------------------------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.empirenet.com/~enchant/adoption/index.html>

      Text and photo listing possible, sponsored by The Family Mall.
      Email: enchant@empirenet.com

  AZ State home page
  ------------------
    <URL:http://www.state.az.us/>

    The state of AZ home page links to the AZ Confidential
    Intermediary program, laws, how to contact, statistics, etc.

  BPA Database
  ------------
    <URL:mailto:KQBC78A@prodigy.com>

      Email your information to Louise Oflaherty and you will
      be notified by email if there is a match.  In the near
      future this database will be available for download.

  BirthQuest
  ----------
    <URL:http://www.access.digex.net/~vqi/top.html>

      Now requesting $5 for registration, no fee to
      view entries.

  Canadian Adoptees Home Page
  ---------------------------
    <URL:http://www.bconnex.net/~rickm/index.html>

      Information of particular interest to 1950's era
      Canadian adoptees and birth parents.
      Alice McDonald rickm@bconnex.net

  Heartland Web Page (Iowa)
  -------------------------
    <URL:http://www.geocities.com/heartland/1004>

      Some information focused on Iowa, but most of general interest
      to searchers.  Links to searchable databases and articles.
      Maintained by ssinnard@aol.com

  Kim Antell's Adoption Page
  --------------------------
    <URL:http://ccwf.cc.utexas.edu/~spiel/adopt.html>

      Listing of searching adoptees and birth family and listing
      of serach resources by state.

  Mary Ann's Registry
  -------------------
    <URL:http://www.tiac.net/users/kyt/index.html>

  New York State Department of Health Gopher
  ------------------------------------------
    <URL:gopher://health.state.ny.us:70>

    The NYSDOH Gopher has information about the NYS Adoption 
    Information Registry available on line.

  Reunet
  ------
    <URL:http://www.reunion.com/>

      Charges to list information, but you can read the listings
      for free.

  ReunionNet
  ----------
    <URL:http://www.reunited.com>

      Sources for reunions free of charge. You can add your own 
      free also.

  Reunions Magazine
  -----------------
    <URL:http://www.execpc.com/~reunions>

      Articles and information. Doesn't look like all the buttons 
      are connected yet, but the adoption search ads from the most 
      recent issue are connected.

  Search Name List
  ----------------
    <URL:http://www.nwlink.com/~druuna/asylum.html>

      Post the name your are searching and your email address.
      Go to home page and follow the links to the genealogy page.
      Please fill out the form like this: SURNAME, Area, e-mail 
      address. druuna@nwlink.com	(Lisa Daniels)

  World Wide Registry
  -------------------
    <URL:http://www.phoenix.net/~aquarian/davids/birth.html>

8. Searchable Databases, not Adoption Focused
=============================================

  American War Library
  --------------------
    <URL:http://home.earthlink.net/~amerwar/>

      The largest publically available database of US Veterans, 
      from active duty to Revoluntionary War.  Also listing of
      War correspondants and other civilian personnel, military orgs, etc.

  Cyberpages Intl - Lost and Missing Relatives
  --------------------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.cyberpages.com/lostprsn.htm>

  Global Missing Childrens Directory
  ----------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.gmcd.org>

  Homeless - Missing Persons Project
  ----------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.inca.net/happ>

  Kim's Searching For People Page
  -------------------------------
    <URL:http://ddi.digital.net/~islander>

     Links to telephone, address, zipcodes, etc. 

  Korean War Project
  ------------------
    <URL:http://www.onramp.net/~hbarker/looing.htm>

      Lists people searching for Korean era or Vietnam Vets
      and info on getting information from the military,
      including downloadable forms.

  National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
  --------------------------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.missingkids.org>

      Daily updates on missing children, support groups, contact 
      information, local and national law enforcement numbers, etc.

  Root Diggin Dept
  ----------------
    <URL:http://www.janyce.com/home.html>

      Links to searchable telephone, zip code, other databases and 
      general information on genealogical and adoption searches.

  Roots-L Resources: Specialized Search Areas:
  --------------------------------------------
    <URL:http://www/smartlink.net/~leverich/groups.html>

  Social Security Death Index
  ---------------------------
    <URL:http://www.infobases.com/ssdi>

  Telephone Directories, On The Web
  ---------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.c2.org/~buttle/tel/>

      Directories from several countries.

  US Phone Books
  --------------
    <URL:http://www.switchboard.com/>

      Searchable by whole US or state, last name, etc.

  Canada 411
  ----------
    <URL:http://canada411.com.sympatico.ca/

      Search by city, province or nationwide, last name.

  US and Canada Phone Listings
  ----------------------------
    <URL:http://206.129.166.101>

      Searchable residential, business, government, 800# listings.

9. Search Assistance
====================

SEE ALSO: FAQ 2 for local support groups
          FAQ 7 for mailing lists          

  The Volunteers
  --------------
    <URL:http://www.wolfenet.com/~vrummig/vsn.html>

      Volunteer a little time or legwork to help to help a
      searching adoptee or birth family member.  A volunteer
      may request reimbursement for expenses, but not time or
      profit. The forms to volunteer or request help can be 
      found at web page above or Kevin's ftp sites in the 
      /search subdirectory. Direct problems and questions to
      Paula at kes11111@aol.com

  Carter Thompson's WWW Home Page
  -------------------------------
    <URL:http://www.armory.com/~cartert/>

  Lost Bird Society Home Page
  ---------------------------
    <URL: http://www.rmii.com/~fouche/

      Referrals and support for Native American Searches.

  Kathy Martin's Page
  -------------------
    <URL:http://www.instantech.com/users/martin/adoptees.htm>

      Kathy explains what she can and can not do - eg you must have 
      a name.  Expect $10 to cover the costs for most searchers.
      A form to fill out for a free name search.  Problmes,
      bug reports, etc to Kathy Martin: cthulhu@infinet.com

  AmerAsian Network
  -----------------
    <URL:http://home.earthlink.net/~gordena/>

      Helping reunite AmerAsians with their American parents.
      Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Phillipine Islands,
      Korea, Okinawa, and Japan.

  Wilma's Family Research
  -----------------------
    <URL:http://www.texoma.com/~wfbonner>

      A form for requesting free search assistance.
      Maintained by Wilma & Frank Bonner wfbonner@texoma.com

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ah241@freenet.carleton.ca

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