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alt.adoption FAQ 5: USA National Organizations ********************************************** These organizations represent a broad spectrum of attitude and practices in the adoption community. Adoptees Birthrights Committee Box 7213 Metairie LA 70010 Adoption With Wisdom and Honesty, Inc. 1333 Ranch Road McPherson KS 67460 316-241-6116 Non-profit (503(c)(3)) Newletter, support groups, educational events, supportive services and advocacy. ALMA Society Box 154 Washington Bridge Station New York NY 10033 voc: 212-581-1568 Registry--state chapters. Membership $60/1st yr $40/yr renew. They do not tell members about free registries like ISRR. You have to pay yearly dues to stay on their registry. Adoptive Parents for Open Records, Inc. (APFOR) P.O. Box 193 Long Valley, NJ 07853 voc: 908-850-1706; 908-247-3938; 201-267-8698 Seeks humane adoption reform, specifically open adoptions and open records. Speakers, educational media, mutual support and counseling. Adoption Resource for Single Parents, Inc. (ARESP) P.O. Box 5782 Springfield VA 22150-9998 (703) 866-5577 A non-profit organization that advises single prospective adoptive parents. American Adoption Congress (AAC) 1000 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 9 Washington DC 20036 voc: 202-483-3399 http://pages.prodigy.com/adoptreform/aacorg.htm Coalition of triad members, agencies, and other professionals. Focus on legislative reform, openness, and the civil rights. Opposes the UAA. American WWII Orphans Network P.O. Box 4369 Bellingham WA 98227 voc: 206-733-1678 Locating service and registry. Association of Black Social Workers Noted for opposing transracial adoption as 'cultural genocide'. Oppose the UAA. BirthParent Connection P.O. Box 230643 Encinitas CA 92023-0643 voc: 619-753-8288 Primarily a national Maternity Home/Home for UnWed Mothers registry. Birthmothers who new each other in the home can contact one another and adoptees can ask to speak to birth mothers who were in the home the same time as their mother. Send $5 with business size SASE. Child Welfare League of America 440 First St., NW Wash., DC 20001. http://handsnet.org/handsnet2/cwla/ Publishes the Adoption Report and the bi-monthly magazine Child Welfare. Opposes the UAA. Children With AIDS Project of America 4141 Bethany Road Phonenix, AZ 85019 800-866-AIDS email@example.com http://www.aidskids/org Committee For Single Adoptive Parents, Inc. Ms. Hope Marindin P.O. Box 15084 Chevy Chase MD 20825 Listing of resources that have accepted single applications for domestic and foreign adoptions. Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) 2000 Walker St. Des Moines IA 50317 voc: 515-263-9558 Legislative reform, local support groups, publications, and newsletter. Opposes the UAA. Council For Equal Rights in Adoption (CERA) 401 E. 74 St. #17-D NYC NY 10021 voc: 212-988-0110 President and founder -- Joe Soll. Primary activity is organizing a conference in NYC each fall, have organized public protests of closed records at each of their conferences. Opposes the UAA. DeBoer Committees for Children's Rights Supposedly organizing committees in every state to push for their version of "adoption". Seeks to eliminate or severly curtail natural parents rights to informed consent, notification, and post-partum waiting periods. Also seeks laws that would uphold adoptions even in cases of fraud and illegality. Hear Our Voices is a front organization for the DeBoer Committee. Donor's Offspring P.O. Box 33 Sarcoxie MO 64862 417-548-3679 Focus on those conceived from unknown donor parents. Proponents for more openness, more information. Pro-search for those who choose. Hear Our Voice See DeBoer Committees For Children's Rights Indian Child Welfare Law Center 1433 East Franklin Ave. 18A Minneapolis, Minn 55404 voc: 612-879-9165 fax: 612-879-0323 email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark D. Fiddler, Esq.) International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) P.O. Box 2312 Carson City NV 89702 Computerized international registry for those separated by their family through adoption, divorce, war, or other circumstances. No fee, runs on donations. Send business size SASE. Independent Search Consultants, Inc. P.O. Box 10192 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 email@example.com http://www.rmci.net/isc/ National group of professional searchers. Test required to be a certified ISC searcher, and adherence to a code of ethics. Skills and fees of individual searchers vary. Also publishes materials to help people do their own searches. Lost Bird Society Marie Not Help Him P.O. Box 952 Pine Ridge SD 57770 voc: 605-867-5988 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.rmii.com/~fouche/ To help repatriate Native Americans separated from their tribes by adoption. They hope to also start a nest community where people can return and begin to learn of their culture. Shirlene Parisian Repatriation Co-ordinator Manitoba First Nations Repatriation Program #704 - 167 Lombard Avenue Winnipeg Manitoba R3B 0V3 voc: 800-665-5762 (in Canada only) voc: 204-957-0037 Helps repatriate people of the first nations - not limited to Manitoba. National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC) 11426 Rockville Pike, Suite 410 Rockville MD 20852 voc 301-231-6512 fax 301-984-8527 Information and referrals on all aspects of adoption. Several pamphlets available on a variety of topics. Get those requests in before the next round of budget cuts. National Adoption Information Hotline voc: 407-768-2222 Affiliated with People Searching News (?) National Black Child Development Institute 1023 15th Street NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20005-0000 voc: 800-556-2234 http://www.charities.org/black.html Works to improve services delivered to Black children and youth in child care, child welfare, education, and health through direct services and public education. Among other works, permanent homes have been found for more Black children as a result of several affiliates' efforts to recruit Black families for children awaiting adoption and their work with local adoption agencies. National Child Rights Alliance P.O. Box 61125 Durham, NC 27705 voc: 919-479-7130 http://www.ai.mit.edu/people/ellens/NCRA/ncra.html The National Child Rights Alliance believes that civil rights apply to all people - including children and youth. Work to establish a child's right to his own lawyer in an attorney-client relationship not as guardian, and the right to liberty where a child has a say in where he lives and can not be institutionalized without due process. National Council For Adoption Bill Pierce, President. Recent lobby efforts include opposition of HB433 in TX which requires a 'social study' [home study] of all adoptive parents, a criminal background check of those seeking to adopt, and a 48 hour post- partum recovery period before birth parents can be approached with relinquishment papers. Original formed to oppose open record legislation, NCFA continues to lobbied against open records/information access most recently in NJ, TN and other states. The Bushes and the Reagans are honorary board members. Supports the UAA. National Council for Single Adoptive Parents P.O. Box 15084 Chevy Chase, MD 20825 voc: 202-966-6367 Newsletter and a list of agencies that accept applications from singles. National Federation for Open Adoption Education/ Independant Adoption Center voc: 800-887-6736 http://www.webcom.com/nfediac Non-profit affiliation of open adoption agencies across US. Education, referrals, pre and post adoption services available. National Indian Child Welfare Association 3611 SW Hood Street, Suite 201 Portland OR 97201 voc 503-222-4044 fax 503-222-4007 A potential resource for those seeking information on Native American Heritage under the ICWA. National Organization for Birthfather's and Adoption Reform (NOBAR) P.O. Box 50 Punta Gorda FL 33951 voc: 941-636-7477 Focus on birthfather's rights in adoption. North American Council on Adoptable Children 970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106 St. Paul MN 55114-1149. http://www.cycf.umn.edu/AdoptInfo/NACAC.htm President- Joe Kroll. Primarily parents of special needs adopted children, also social workers, agency representatives. In the last 10-15 years have slowly come around to accepting more openness in adoption. Oppossed to the Uniform Adoption Act. Orphan Foundation of America 1500 Massachusetts Avenue Suite 448 Washington, DC 20005-0000 voc: 800-950-4673 http://www.charities.org/orphan.html Founded in 1980 by Father Joseph Rivers, calls for a return to privately run orphanages. The Orphan Foundation has received recognition from Presidents Reagan and Bush, Senator Kennedy, and many other members of Washington's power elite. Orphan Train Heritage Society of America Rte 4, Box 565 Springdale AR 72764 Focus on services for those "adopted" through the "orphan trains" of the 1920's. The Researchers Clearinghouse P.O. Box 22363 Ft. Lauderdale FL 33335 Listing of search services: USA, Canada and 24 other countries. United Native Nations Lizabeth Hall Family Reunification Director 8th floor 736 Granville Street Vancouver BC V6Z 1G3 604-688-1821 Liz helps people apply for their Native American status. ===================================================================== Faq 5 of the alt.adoption FAQ may be reproduced and redistributed provided it is given freely, not sold, and this notice remains intact. All rights reserved. Rosemarie Ventura ===================================================================== Rosemarie Ventura email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org