Useful Links

CCAI strives for its website to be an educational resource on issues related to adoption and foster care.  Inclusion on the following list does not represent an endorsement or recommendation by CCAI.


US Department of State Adoptions

DOS The US Department of State serves as the US Central Authority for the Hague Adoption Convention. The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues also responds to inquiries about the intercountry adoption process, issues alerts about crisis situations and leads in diplomatic efforts with host countries about adoption laws and procedures.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
child_welfare_information (Formerly known as the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse).  The Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families and the US Department of Health and Human Services.  This site provides access to print and electronic publications, websites and online databases covering a wide range of adoption and permanency related topics.

Child Welfare Information Gateway: How to Adopt Web Section
child_welfare_information Find information on how to adopt for the families you work with, including resources that explain who can adopt, factors to consider before adoption, the many adoption choices available (including domestic, intercountry, and open adoption), home study requirements, finding an agency, adoption by different types of families (including single-parent; stepparent; kin and relative; military; transracial and transcultural; or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender [LGBT] families), and assistance with adoption expenses.

NCFA The National Council for Adoption is an advocate for state laws that promote sound adoption policy.  In addition, they are a resource for federal officials and policymakers about appropriate federal adoption initiatives and reform, a diplomat for sound international adoption policy, and a source of adoption facts and education.  They play important roles in communicating perspectives of both adoption service providers (ASPs) and prospective adoptive parents (PAPs).

Ethica Ethica is a voice for the promotion of ethical standards in adoption.  This website is a good resource to learn more about international adoption and ethical issues in problematic countries as well as ethical issues that affect domestic adoption.

USCIS Previously known as INS and BCIS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services grants approval to the petition to adopt, and thus allows the adoption to proceed. Their website has detailed information about this adoption process.

Child Welfare League of America
CWLA CWLA is a source for foster care and adoption data through its National Data Analysis System.  The association’s publications and research focus on child welfare issues such as adoption, foster care, baby abandonment, child protection, family preservation and permanency planning, kinship care, and positive youth development.

PEW Commission
PEW The Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care was established to develop recommendations to improve outcomes for children in the foster care system. Research focused on topics such as expediting the movement of children from foster care into safe, permanent, nurturing families, and preventing unnecessary placements in foster care.  Reports are available that detail a child’s journey through the foster care system, offer demographics of the system, and address permanent child well-being.

NACAC North American Council for Adoptable Children is an organization that is committed to adoption advocacy and education.  They are a resource for articles and publications related to policy issues such as race, orphanages, tax credit, adoption subsidy, post-adoption services, child welfare financing, subsidized guardianship, court reform, LGBTQ issues, and openness in adoption.

AFCARS Administered by the Children’s Bureau, the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System collects case-level information on all children in foster care for whom state child welfare agencies have the responsibility for placement, care or supervision.  In addition, information is available on children who are adopted under the auspices of the state's public child welfare agency. AFCARS also collects information on foster and adoptive parents.

AdopUsKids AdoptUsKids has basic information about the foster care and adoption process, a photo-listing of children and youth available for adoption from all over the country, and additional state-specific resources.

Hague Permanency Bureau
Hague The Hague Conference on International Private Law has information specific to international adoption, including publications and the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption text.

Kids are Waiting: Fix Foster Care Now
Kids_Are_Waiting Kids are Waiting is a national campaign to raise awareness about the need for federal foster care financing reform.  Reports and fact sheets are available on a federal- and state-level addressing topics of Prevention, Aging Out of the Foster Care System, Kinship Care and Recommendations for Reform.

USAID The U.S. Agency for International Development provides economic, development, and humanitarian assistance around the world.  Their website is a source for information, facts, and reports on issues affecting children in various countries all around the world.

Casey Family Programs
Casey_Family_Programs Casey Family Programs exists with the vision to improve and ultimately prevent the need for foster care.  This website has access to their reports and fact sheets on issues such as kinship care, permanency, mental health, and placement change.  Casey Family Programs also makes it a priority to include foster care alumni in their research to provide a more accurate picture of the needs of foster children and youth.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
DTFA The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption published a National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey to assess the beliefs and perceptions Americans have about children in foster care who are waiting for a family.  Another signature program is the Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List to highlight companies with the best adoption benefits.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Annie_E_Casey The Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes information on adoption, foster care, permanence, the child welfare workforce and reducing disparities.  They also manage the KIDSCOUNT data center which provides state- and city-level data that measures child well-being.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Evan_B_Donaldson The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute endeavors to improve adoption practice and policy.  Their website has publications related to topics such as Foster Adoption, Gay and Lesbian Adoption, Infant Abandonment, Intercountry Adoption and Open Records.

Center for Law And Social Policy
CLASP The Center for Law And Social Policy (CLASP) conducts research, analyzes policy, and releases publications on issues related to equal justice, including child welfare and family policy.  Their website has publications such as fact sheets, reports, testimonials, policy briefs, presentations, and legislative analyses.


American Academy of Adoption Attorneys


American Acadmey of Adoption Attorneys is a national association that exists to promote adoption reform and to disseminate information about ethical practice.  They publish a newsletter and host annual meetings and educational seminars.


Center for Adoption Policy


The Center for Adoption Policy (CAP) is an independent organization that provides research, analysis, advice and education about current legislation and practices governing domestic and intercountry adoption in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Their website provides current publications and statistics on adoption issues.


American Public Human Services Association


American Public Human Services Association serves as a resource for human service and healthcare agency professionals. Their website provides current publications and policies regarding health care legislation as well as countless links to job listings, conferences, and This Week in Washington.


National Conference of State Legislatures


National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.  NCSL is an advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies. Their website provides a wide array of information concerning current human services issues and legislation.


American Youth Policy Forum


The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) addresses youth issues in three main areas: education, youth development & community involvement, and preparation for careers & workforce development.  Their website provides a calendar of upcoming events and youth policy reports and publications.


Chapin Hall Center for Children


Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center whose mission is to build knowledge that improves policies and programs for children and youth, families, and their communities. Their research encompasses areas such as child welfare and foster care systems, early childhood initiatives, youth crime and justice, and youth development and afterschool initiatives. Many briefs, reports, and articles concerning these issues are featured on their website.


Child Trends


Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. Their main focuses include the following: child poverty, child welfare, education, fatherhood & parenting, youth development, and teen sex & pregnancy. Their website provides extensive information on each of these research areas.


Children's Defense Fund


Children’s Defense Fund focuses on policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation. Their signature programs are Health Coverage for All Children Campaign and Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign. Their website provides information on child advocacy resources and publications as well as ways to get involved.


Orphan Foundation of America


Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) serves thousands of foster teens by providing them with college scholarships, connecting them with mentors and internships, or by testifying before Congress on their behalf. They send out newsletters and their website contains profiles of many OFA students and alumni.


Urban Institute


The Urban Institute analyzes policies, evaluates programs, and informs community development to improve social, civic, and economic well-being.  They share their research findings online and through reports and scholarly books. UI sends out annual reports and hosts monthly panel discussions October through June, as well as intermittent forums and roundtables on news and policy events throughout the year.




PolicyforResults.org is an online set of tools for focusing policy strategies on achieving measurable results for kids and families. This website offers a number of tools to take you step-by-step in making effective policy decisions. It also offers data on children and families within each state.


Christian Alliance for Orphans


The Christian Alliance for Orphans works to motivate, mobilize and equip churches and Christian organizations across the country to be more effective and intentional in meeting the needs of orphans. Through their yearly Summit, partnerships, newsletters and more, they offer practical training on topics of interest to those seeking to incorporate ministry to orphans into their church or ministry.



The Legatum Institute's EACH Campaign is a global effort to ensure that each child grows up in a loving family.  Their website includes reports, legal documents, and other resources related to children in need of families around the world.    


Children's Action Network


Children’s Action Network (CAN) uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.  Their website contains links to recent research and fact sheets.