Resources

Below are resources for prospective adoptive parents, post-adoptive parents, and adoption professionals. If you are a professional whose services may be of interest or benefit to CAFFA, please fill out our form (click here) to have your organization listed or your information updated. Thank you for your interest!

Note: CAFFA does not endorse nor advocate any one organization or agency.

The Adoption Center for Family Building is a nontraditional, Illinois and Indiana licensed agency specializing is U.S. adoptions. The agency helps clients to locate a child available for adoption and handles all the arrangements. Clients typically reach their adoption goals within six to 12 months. Services are available to individuals all over the United States, regardless of religion, age, length of marriage, or any other arbitrary criteria. For more information, call (847) 674-3231 or visit the website at www.centerforfamily.com.

Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center in Chicago offers a variety of programs for adoptive families, including domestic (traditional and agency-assisted) and homestudy services for any international or domestic adoption and the Waiting Child Services program to support families to adopt children from the foster care system. FRC also provides services for birthparents considering an adoption plan. Call (773) 334-2300 for information on upcoming seminars, or visit the website at www.adoptillinois.org.

Bethany Christian Services of Illinois offers information meetings, in various locations, on Domestic and International programs. As part of the largest adoption and orphan care agency in the country, Bethany offers adoption services in more than 15 countries.  For information visit www.bethany.org. To register for a meeting, visit www.bethany.org/chicago/information-meetings or call 708.385.4889.

Catholic Charities Intercountry Adoption program offers opportunities for beginning or expanding your families. It is an appealing option for both younger and older, single or married couples. The program allows families to adopt from 15 different countries, covering Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and different parts of Asia. Interested persons of any religious, racial, or ethnic background are invited to free presentations held monthly in Chicago. Call (312) 655-7086 to reserve your space.

Children’s Home + Aid offers the following services: domestic infant adoptions, international home studies, assistance with private adoptions, and foster care services that may convert to adoptions. Please call (312) 455-5200 in Chicago or (815) 962-1043 in Rockford. Or go to www.childrenshomeandaid.org.

Since 1923, The Cradle has served as one of the country’s most respected adoption resources. Licensed to perform home studies for Illinois families, The Cradle also has both Domestic and International placement programs. Free informational meetings are held throughout the Chicago area and are available online. For more information, call (847) 475-5800 or visit the website at www.cradle.org.

Gateway Woods Family Services Illinois is a private, Christian adoption agency licensed in the state of Illinois. We provide adoption home studies, education, supportive services, pre and post placement services, and service referral for both domestic and international adoptions for families residing in Illinois. For domestic agency assisted adoption, we place children who are born in Illinois or other states and voluntarily relinquished for adoption into approved homes.

Holt Sunny Ridge offers free adoption information meetings to educate families about adoption options and opportunities. We also offer post adoption counseling and therapy to adoptive families and individuals, as well as educational workshops and support groups for adoptive families. Visit our website at www.holtsunnyridge.org for more information, or call (630) 754-4500.

Lifelink International Adoption is licensed in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Lifelink has direct placing programs in Bulgaria, Korea, China, Philippines, and Hong Kong. Lifelink can provide home studies for families adopting domestically and from other foreign counties as well. Lifelink has monthly orientation meetings in Bensenville and Naperville. For more information, go to www.lifelinkadoption.org or call Dana Ellenby-Bergeron at (630) 521-8281.

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois is a licensed non-profit agency with offices in several Chicagoland and downstate locations providing adoption services for those interested in identified adoption, interstate adoption, intercountry adoption, and post-placement services. For more information go to http://www.lcfs.org or for a personal telephone consultation, contact Laurie Lawton at (708) 771-7180 ext. 228.

MLJ Adoptions is a non-profit Hague Accredited International Adoption Agency based in Indianapolis, Indiana. We provide ethical, compassionate and attentive adoption services to loving and committed families from across the United States and around the world. We’ve successfully placed over two hundred and fifty children through our international adoption programs in Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Samoa and Ukraine.

St. Mary’s Services is a full-service pregnancy counseling and adoption agency, DCFS licensed in Illinois, based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with a focus on serving Chicago and suburbs.

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois (SOSCVI) is a nonprofit child welfare and foster care agency under the under the umbrella of SOS Children’s Villages International, the largest non-denominational child welfare agency in the world. SOSCVI employs a unique model of foster care centered around keeping sibling groups together and employing the professional Foster Parent. SOSCVI Foster Parents commit to a job as a full-time Professional Foster Parent: they live in one of three Village communities in a single-family home, where they provide care to siblings. To learn more about Foster Parent opportunities, visit www.sosillinois.org.

Kimberly Backman is a practicing adoption attorney and represents both birthmothers and adoptive parents in the State of Illinois. Through the use of the Internet she has been very successful in locating birthmothers outside of Illinois and connecting them with clients within the Illinois. She can be reached at (630) 472-1750 or via e-mail at backim@aol.com.

The Center for Law and Social Work‘s (CLSW) mission is to create, preserve, and protect families. CLSW believes all families, regardless of financial circumstances, should have equal access to legal and social work services in order to remain stable and secure. Lawyers and Social Workers work together to help families in Cook County, IL with adoption, guardianship, legal back up planning, and clinical services for children and disabled adults.

Genie Miller Gillespie, Attorney at Law: I have over 20 years experience helping form families through adoption and guardianship and am a Member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. I am happy to work with you at any stage of the process. The child you are hoping to adopt may be a waiting child here in the U.S.; a child from overseas who has been brought home but needs final paperwork completed; a relative; or a child in the juvenile or foster care system. It may be a baby, a small child, or an older child who has already experienced a great deal of turmoil in his or her life and is waiting for a forever family. Whatever the situation, I can help. Main phone number: 312-332-6339. Organization email:gmg@illinoisadoptionlawyer.com. Organization website:www.illinoisadoptionlawyer.com

Law Offices of Michelle M. Hughes is a law firm that primarily practices in the area of adoption (agency, agency assisted, DCFS, related, private, and international readopts). Michelle Hughes is an adoption attorney, founder of Bridge Communications, Co-Chair of the Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council for DCFS, and a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. For more information contact her at 312-857-7287 or hugheslaw@mindspring.com.

Law Offices of Sally Wildman, through principal Sally Wildman, is known for its primary focus on adoption law since 1985. The firm’s practice includes all types of adoption, consultations on assisted reproduction issues, and representation of adult adoptees. A member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Sally is a past chair of the American Bar Association Adoption Committee. The firm is based in Chicago with a Northbrook location. Contact Sally at (312) 726-9214 or s.wildman@adoptionattorneys.com, or go to www.SWildmanlaw.com.

Adoption Attorney Sheila A. Maloney handles many types of adoptions, including: private, agency, agency-assisted, interstate, recognition of foreign decrees, related (step-parent) and DCFS adoptions. For over 25 years, she has represented adoptive parents and birth parents with their adoption plans. She is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). She can be reached at630.512.8400 or stmesq@msn.com. To learn more about Sheila, please visit her website at www.iladoptionlawyer.com.

Kathleen Hogan Morrison, Attorney at Law. The law office of Kathleen Hogan Morrison is committed to providing its individual and agency clients with creative, experienced, and compassionate legal services. They provide services in: Adoption, Adoption Agency Representation, Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Legislative Initiative, and Alternative Reproductive Technology (Surrogacy).  To contact, please call 312-977-4477 or email k.morrison@adoptionattorneys.org.  More information may also be found on: www.chicagoadoptionattorney.com

Law Office of Denise Patton is a law office devoted to adoption law. Denise Patton is an adoption attorney, adoptive parent, and member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She represents adoptive parents in all types of adoptions. For more information, visit her website at ILAdoptionAttorney.com or call her for a free phone consult at (847) 925-9072.

Sara Kahn Wool is committed to representing families through the adoption process. As a CAFFA and Illinois DCFS Statewide Adoption Attorney Panel Member, Sara connects with clients seeking to grow their families through related, private agency, international and foster parent adoptions. http://www.familymediationandlaw.com847.282.5261, or sara@familymediationandlaw.com

Shelley B. Ballard has devoted her law practice to adoption after adopting her oldest child over 25 years ago. She is active in legislative efforts to improve adoption in Illinois and is a frequent author of adoption-related articles. She has twice chaired the Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law Committee, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and a Leading Lawyers in adoption. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Loyola University School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University and cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.  http://www.sballardlaw.com, 312-981-0272, or sb@sballardlaw.com

The Adoption Consultancy is an unbiased resource serving pre-adoptive families by providing them with the education, information, and guidance they need to safely adopt a domestic newborn, usually within 3 to 12 months. It also works with clients considering international adoption. For more information, call (813) 681-6232 or visit www.TheAdoptionConsultancy.com.

The Adoption Lantern guides you through domestic infant adoption, typically enabling you to adopt an infant in under twelve months.  We work with adoptive families across the United States and are your consultant throughout the domestic adoption process. Our service includes: (a) Agency and Attorney referrals: We provide you multiple agency and attorney referrals with quick average placement times and modest up-front fees, which is normally faster and safer than using only one placement source. (b) Rich Education Program: We provide you information on adoption best-practices and pitfalls to eliminate risks and avoid costly mistakes. (c) Create Your Profile Book: We help create a best-in-class profile book to increase your chances of success. (d) Fact-Based Advice: We provide fact-based advice and decision-making guidance during your adoption process.  For more information, call us at (312) 380-1531, email us at TALTeam@TheAdoptionLantern.com, or visit our website at www.TheAdoptionLantern.com.

RG Adoption Consulting works with hopeful adoptive parents across the United States to educate, guide, and hold their hand through the domestic adoption process. A recent adoptive mother herself, Rebecca Gruenspan provides comprehensive consultation and education services created to provide a deeper understanding of the domestic adoption process, helping you build your family safely and quickly.

Adoptive Families Connected Support & Educational Group for Waiting & Adoptive Families offers presentations and discussions on the second Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in Oak Park. Childcare is provided at no cost. Sponsored by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Contact Elizabeth Thomas-Colwell at (312) 949-4811 or Elizabeth.Thomas-Colwell@lssi.org.

Alefiyah Lindo, Clinical Social Work/Therapist specializes in working with children, adolescents and families/blended families. Clients see her for various issues including school related stress/anxiety, anger, depression, parenting difficult behaviors & planning for life after high school. We are all faced with challenges at different points in our lives and therapy can be a powerful tool to explore the changes you want to make. She uses Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Emotions Focused Therapy as her fundamental treatment approaches. Click here for more info.

The BEAT (Beginning to Explore Adoption Together) A place for adopted teens to discover, connect and share their voice.  We created this site to give adopted teens a chance to discover more about adoption, connect with one another online, express thoughts and feelings around adoption and hear from others with similar experiences. It’s a place for you to share your voice.  www.AdoptionLearningPartners.org/beat  For more information, send an e-mail to info@AdoptionLearningPartners.org or go to www.adoptionlearningpartners.org.

The CAKE Village is a nurturing environment that immerses children in the culture of Africa. We emphasize language, etiquette, customs, creative visual arts, performing arts and more. Our mission is to foster an enriched, positive connection between all children and Africa. In particular, children in the African Diaspora, children of busy African parents, and even children who have been adopted from Africa can use this medium to relate to their African heritage. Contact info: 611 East Main Street, East Dundee, Illinois 60118; Phone: [224] 699-9968; email: info@thecakevillage.com; Website: www.thecakevillage.com

The Center for Lifelong Adoption Support at The Cradle is a valuable resource for any individual touched by adoption. Our mission is to provide a continuum of support to birth and adoptive parents, adopted persons and families as they live, learn and grow.  We offer many different post adoption support services to anyone touched by adoption, including background and search informational consultations, counseling sessions with adoption-competent therapists, and parenting workshops. Find the services that you need when you need them. For more information: https://www.cradle.org/lifelong-post-adoption-support-center

Individual and Family Connection (IFC Counseling): At IFC we have several therapists who specialize in trauma and attachment therapy. Our work with adopted children incorporates specialized training in Theraplay, Trust Based Relational Intervention and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Parent support is considered a crucial component of treatment, as we know it is extremely difficult to parent a child with a history of attachment trauma. We also offer pre-adoption counseling for parents. Pre-adoption counseling can be a source of support as you experience the emotional roller coaster of waiting for your child. 773-270-0469  Email: contact@ifccounseling.com  Website: www.ifccounseling.com

Heart of the Matter Seminars. Since 1998 Heart of the Matter Seminars has been providing engaging, informative and empowering educational experiences with a focus on children who are at-risk.  Heart of the Matter Education | 816-246-1100 | info@heartofthemattereducation.com http://www.heartofthemattereducation.com 1508 SW White Ridge | Lee’s Summit, MO 6408

Hephzibah Children’s Association‘s work in foster care, group home care and adoption is about transforming lives! We bring to Hephzibah, on a daily basis, a deep passion for creating an environment where children can grow into beautiful, strong, caring, competent members of society!  Contact information: Mary Anne Brown, Executive Director; http://www.hephzibahhome.org ; 708-649-7100 ;  1144 Lake Street 5th Floor, Oak Park, IL 60301

Hope Reins Professional Counseling – Hope Reins offers adoption sensitive professional counseling to all members of the adoption triad struggling with issues related to placement. We provide both office and Equine assisted therapy by licensed professionals that are skilled at helping hurting members of the triad find hope and healing for the future. Whatever their circumstances – unresolved grief and loss, attachment and bonding, relationships and intimacy, and a myriad of other issues – we are here to help. We accept some insurance and are currently accepting clients in both our Lake Zurich and Bloomingdale office locations. Jan Collins – 773-219-1773 – jan_collins@alumni.baylor.eduhttp://www.hope-reins.com

Kay Holler, LCSW, provides therapy for adopted children and their families. She uses a combination of approaches, including: Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Trust Based Relational Therapy, and Brain Gym. Kay also does public speaking about adoption and parenting issues. In the past, Kay served as co-leader for the India section of Hands Around the World culture camp. She has 4 teenage and young adult children, 2 by birth and 2 by adoption. Kay’s office is on the northwest side of Chicago. Website: www.kayholler.com Phone number: 773-583-3641 x1 Email: kayholler1@gmail.com

Holt Sunny Ridge provides individual and family therapeutic services offered by Supervisor of Clinical Services Pam Shepard, MSW, LCSW. Other services include support groups for adoptees and adoptive parents, workshops for adoptive parents, CEU/CPDU training for LSW/LCSW and workshops for school staff on various adoption related topics. See their upcoming workshops at http://www.holtsunnyridge.org/events. Therapy and workshop fees vary. Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois and United Healthcare accepted.  Contact Pam Shepard at pams@holtsunnyridge.org or 630-754-4522 for more information.

House Calls Counseling is Chicagoland’s premier provider of attachment-focused, trauma-informed psychotherapy for adoptive families in the comfort of the home. We help young people, especially those who have been adopted, to experience the joys of healthy connections with those who care for them, and we help their caregivers to more effectively promote healing in their child or youth through therapeutic parenting. We focus on treating children and youth, especially those who struggle with behavioral and emotional problems related to attachment and trauma in early childhood – experiences which are now recognized as Developmental Trauma and Reactive Attachment Disorder.  Our diverse team of friendly, professional psychotherapists uses Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy®, Theraplay ® and many other approaches to provide the highest quality psychotherapy to our clients. In addition to our psychotherapy services, we are pound to offer workshops, trainings, and annual Parenting in SPACE conference. To contact: please call 847-256-2000x103 or e-mail intake@hcbh.com or visit the website: www.houseCallsCounseling.com.

Midwest Adoption Center provides a wide range of services to children, adults, and families touched by foster care or adoption. Programs include clinical services such as individual, marital, and family counseling. MAC also provides search and reunion services through two programs delivered under contract with DCFS. Offices are located in Des Plaines and Long Grove. For more information, call (847) 298-9096 or visit the website at http://www.macadopt.org.

Amanda Mitchell, LCPC, R-DMT(Board Eligible), is a therapist at Urban Brain and Body, focusing on holistic therapy for pre/post-adoption individuals (3 years and older) and families. She provides trauma-informed psychotherapy, movement therapy, Neurofeedback, and parenting support. With extensive foster care experience, she specializes in attachment, developmental, and emotional-behavioral issues. Free consultations!

On Your Feet Foundation provides counseling and support to birth parents after an adoption. For more information, call (847) 433-7820 or go to www.oyff.org.

Krista Sherinian, LCSW works at Dunham Counseling. She has been trained by prominent neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen in how to personalize treatment to different brain types, trained by national expert in guided imagery Bellaruth Naparstek, Carolyn Myss in mindfulness, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (teaching clients to tap on acupressure points connected to various emotions). She can provide support for issues related to infertility, life transition, various styles of parenting, and adoption using approaches such as Love & Logic, 1,2,3 Magic, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused.  Se Habla Espanol! Ms. Sherinian received training in Spanish medical/psychiatric interpretation in the U.S. and the Instituto Falcon in Guanajuato, Mexico. 1516 Legacy Circle, Ste. 108, Naperville IL 60563. (630) 799-0100. http://dunhamcounseling.com

One Way or A Mother, Jenilyn Francis: As a licensed clinical social worker and certified yoga instructor I help women and couples bridge the gap between infertility and adoption. I also act as an Adoption Doula, for those interested in learning tools to relax and enjoy the journey along the way to their child. In addition, I offer support groups in Ravenswood, Highland Park and online. 847-461-8703, www.OneWayoraMother.com

Radley Counseling Services – Patricia Radley is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. With over 35 years of experience in working with children and families in Child Welfare, she is now a private practitioner with an office in Schaumburg. She has worked with many children and families impacted by adoption. As an adoptive parent she understands the unique challenges that adoption can bring to families and individuals.

Adoption Learning Partners offers web-based educational adoption resources for professionals, parents, adopted individuals, and the families that love them. In addition, Adoption Learning Partners offers:

Adoptive Families Magazine, the award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption. www.adoptivefamiles.com

Bridge Communications offers training programs for families, agencies, and association meetings. General adoption issues and transracial adoptions (including international) are covered for prospective adoptive families as well as families who have already adopted transracially who want practical ideas now that their children are past infancy. Call for information at (312) 316-5505, or e-mail hughesbridge@mindspring.com.

Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS) helps struggling families stay strong and care for their children. They help children without families find permanent, loving homes through adoption.  Visit their website at www.chsfs.org or call 651-646-7771.

The DuPage County FASD Parent Education and Advocacy Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at Edwards Hospital Education Center in Naperville. Meetings are free. For more information, call (815) 462-4273 or send an e-mail to acharate@trinity-services.org.

Fostering Families Today is a highly-quality, bimonthly resource for foster parents and child welfare professionals across the country. Fostering Families Today is an easy way to solve many problems your agency or organization may currently be facing. So contact Fostering Families Today now to find out how it can help the foster parents in your life. Bulk discount rates are available!  www.adoptinfo.net   888-924-6736

The Adoption Preservation Program of Metropolitan Family Services offers post-adoption counseling services free of charge by licensed professionals who understand the dynamics of a family created by adoption, whether domestic, international, or relative adoption. They are a private, nonsectarian, nonprofit agency. For more information, contact Jackie Wolfe at (630) 784-4819.

Reaching Out thru International Adoption offers free symposiums on adoption every other month. Reaching Out specializes in adoption from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Guatemala, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam. For more information, contact (314) 971-3073 or wieschhaus@yahoo.com

Adoption Pediatrics, Todd Ochs, MD, reviews adoption referrals, offers pre-adoption consultations, post-adoption evaluations, and continuing care. He consults with local pediatricians and family doctors. He also sees and advocates for foster children and those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. He has spoken on local, national and international stages, on adoption, foster care, and fetal alcohol syndrome. He can be reached at his pediatric office at 872-208-6257, or at his home office at 773-907-8864.

Integrity Clinical Consulting and Training – Krista Woods, M.S.W., LCSW, (formerly McCoy) is President and primary therapist for Integrity Clinical Consulting & Training (ICCT), and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in IL. She is also a biracial, transracial adoptee from foster care with over 23 years of experience the field of foster care/adoption and mental health; and a respected leader and trainer in adoption. ICCT offers individual therapy to children, teens, parents and families. ICCT can also provide services in clients’ homes. ICCT offers parent coaching via phone, in office or at home.  You can reach ICCT at socialworkerkrista@gmail.com, www.integrityclinicalconsulting.com, or (708) 794-6511.

Rebecca Nelson, Ph.D. at Evanston Hospital with NorthShore University HealthSystem – Rebecca I. Nelson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialty in psychodiagnostics from infancy through adolescence. She assesses for challenges and disorders children might have in the areas of broad development, learning/academics, attention, speech/language, and social functioning with whole child treatment plans. Dr. Nelson has worked with adoptees and their families for over 20+ years, and is also an adoptee. She appreciates pre-adoptive histories and adoption related matters can add complexity and challenge. To schedule a post-adoption evaluation or parent consult regarding your child, please contact the Developmental Follow-Up Clinic Mon-Weds: 847.570.2208.  http://www.northshore.org (click “Find a Doctor”: enter “Nelson, Rebecca”)

The Red Thread provides orphans with medical care.  They are a 501(c)3 charitable organization which offers a variety of unique gift items for sale and conducts fundraisers to support their mission.

SEAS Consulting:  Special Education Advocate and Social Service System Consultant. I represent parents at IEP meetings and clinical staffings to help families access services for children with disabilities. Specializing in children with trauma, attachment, and other complex behavioral and emotional disorders..

The Theraplay Institute: Theraplay is an adoption-competent, trauma informed family therapy developed in the 1960s for Head Start and now practiced internationally.  We have a clinic in Evanston, and refer to Theraplay-trained therapists in your area. We also offer workshops on Therapeutic Parenting for Adopted Children.

The University of Chicago Adoption Center provides adoptive families with a wide range of services including pre-adoption assessments, pre-adoption travel clinic visits, post-adoption developmental, behavioral, & medical evaluations, and referrals to specialized care. For more information, call 773.326.7772 or visit us at http://adoption.uchicago.edu/.  The University of Chicago Adoption Center now offers free online education for parents considering adoption a child with special needs. The videos provide answers to tough questions and give prospective parents a better understanding about special needs including: HIV/AIDS, Latent TB Infection, Congenital Heart Defects, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, & Cleft Lip/Palate.  Go to http://adoption.uchicago.edu/education/helpful-videos or call  773-834-6821.

Adoptionbrochure.com specializes in creating beautiful, custom designed adoption brochures to tell your specific story. We pride ourselves in creating visual adoption profiles that are successfully recognized by birth mothers. It is our mission to get your profile noticed, and provide a service that will contribute to the adoption of thousands of children. Let us help you get started today! Visit us at http://www.adoptionbrochure.com or call (949) 500-0090.

Bills Tax Service is a family owned and operated tax service. We specialize in helping adoptive families claim the Adoption Tax Credit. We speak and exhibit nationwide to explain to professionals and families how the Adoption Tax Credit can help them. We have been blessed by adoption and want to help other families. Website: www.billstaxservice.com Phone number: 618-532-7223 Email: becky@billstax2.com Contact: Becky Wilmoth, EA

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute  The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, founded in 1996, is a national not-for-profit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice.

The Gift of Adoption Fund is a national 501(c) 3 that inspires adoptions by giving grants that put adoption in reach: in reach for the 140 million children worldwide in need of families, for qualified parents yearning to adopt, and for those of us who want to do something concrete to move a child from a dire situation into a life of hope and promise. For more information, go to www.giftofadoption.org.

Kaleidoscope Culture Camp offers a week-long day camp for children entering Kindergarten through 10th grade that have joined their family through adoption or foster care. Siblings are very welcome to also participate.  Programs include:  African/African-American, China, Eastern European, and Latin American. All of the programs are run simultaneously in one school building, with a separate coordinator for each cultural group.  Each summer’s curriculum is a bit varied, but programs can include: hands-on cultural classes, ethnic cooking, arts & crafts, native art/music/dance, language, martial arts, and ethnic games.   Kaleidoscope Culture Camp provides a fun, safe environment for children that share a common heritage to form lasting friendships, learn about their rich heritage and traditions while creating and reinforcing positive identities.  For more information on camp registration, please email us:  CultureCamp@caffa.org.

KAtCH was built to support, lead, and develop the adult Korean adoptee community in Chicago.     In addition to this focus, they are also passionate about building bridges between families and parents of adoptees, the Korean American community in Chicago, and the international Korean adoptee community. www.katchicago.com.

Korean Culture Center of Chicago The mission of the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago (KCCoC) is to promote and organize Korean cultural, arts, educational, and social activities.  KCCoC aims to establish a venue where all Korean Americans and other groups can participate in programs and events that celebrate Korean culture and heritage. Website: http://www.kccoc.org/home/Q_eng_kccoc_mainpage

Camp Kupugani Multicultural Summer Camp – Less than two hours from Chicago, Camp Kupugani–in separate girls-only, boys-only, and blended sessions–provides a multicultural camp focusing on communication skills and fun, so children aged 7 to 15 expand comfort zones. Our campers learn how to celebrate and appreciate identity of self and others, and celebrate and appreciate difference. multiculturalsummercamp.com

Multilingual Chicago is a language school in the Logan Square/Avondale area that offers adult and children’s group and/or private training in Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, and other languages.  Multilingual Chicago requires a minimum of four (4) students to have a class.  Languages not listed on the website can be scheduled when there is sufficient interest.  For more information, e-mail info@multilingualchicago.com or (773) 292-7676, or Visit the school website for more information.

My Creations Company offers a variety of personalized stories for one-of-a-kind families just like yours. You give us specific names and places and we deliver a book with a customized story and illustrations. Your book will be the only one of its kind; distinctive for you and your child(ren). Visit www.mycreationsbooks.com for more information.

Ni Hao Chinese Learning Center – With more then 15 years of experience in one on one tutoring and teaching for group programs in the U.S.A, Ni Hao Chinese Learning Center are committed to providing all of our students the most cutting-edge teaching environment, best-in-class learning tools and innovative materials to master mandarin Chinese in an efficient, flexible, and easy way.  With the advent of globalization, Mandarin Chinese has become an increasingly important foreign language to learn in elementary, middle, and high schools. They help home schoolers succeed on Chinese subject SAT, and AP exams when they start applying for colleges, and the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test if they plan to study at a Chinese University.  Call 630-534-0916 or 630-909-9264 to discuss the teaching programs.

Noonday Collection – Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you host a trunk show you are creating a marketplace for artisans businesses and dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. Host an Adoption Trunk Show to celebrate and support an adoptive family! Adoption Trunk Shows help raise funds for a family’s qualifying adoption expenses. We donate 10% of sales at an Adoption Trunk Show in cash to help the adoptive family bring their child home. cindyalvarez.noondaycollection.com | cindyalvarez.noonday@gmail.com | 765-620-2803

PEAR – Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform.  PEAR started as a grassroots group of adoptive and prospective adoptive parents who came together to discuss the lack of a unified, respected voice for adoptive families. Their mission is to provide a voice for prospective and adoptive parents.  www.pear-now.org

The Ties Program is a travel program for adoptive families who would like to visit their child’s country of birth, and travel in a supportive environment with other adoptive families. For more than a decade, they have specialized in customized international adoption journeys that are nurturing, “adoption aware”, child centered and fun!  Visit www.adoptivefamilytravel.com

Vanessa B Videography – I love helping families share their adoption stories through video. Let me help you create a great, creative adoption profile video or adoption story!  Vanessa Bawinkel: 612-987-4759vanessabvideo@gmail.com, or https://www.facebook.com/vanessabvideography/.