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Adoption in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services provides lots of concise, factual information about the adoption process in Wisconsin. This is a great place to start! Includes links to adoption agencies, information about different types of adoption (stepparent, special-needs, etc.) and information about adoption assistance. Also lists lots of information about becoming a foster parent.

Wisconsin Adoption Information Center
A state funded service which provides information about adoption to adolescents and adults experiencing unplanned pregnancies, to birthfathers, and to prospective adoptive parents. Lots of good information here for anyone involved in the adoption process.

Wisconsin Adoption Records Search Program
From the Department of Health and Family Services, information on Wisconsin Adoption Search Law for Adoptees, Birth Parent(s), and Adoptive Parents.

Special Needs Adoption Network
This nonprofit organization focuses on finding permanent homes for children with special needs and supporting adoptive families. The site includes a Guide to Special Needs Adoption in Wisconsin and a list of children currently needing families.

AdoptUsKids
This government-sponsored Web site gathers together information nationwide about waiting children in the U.S. foster care system. The web site is a collaboration between The Children’s Bureau, part of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, and 6 other adoption organizations.

Adoption.com
This enormous adoption portal provides information for every step along the adoption process. From birthparent support to after adoption information, this site has it all! Includes newsletters, discussion forums and adoption chat, along with an adoption daily news. I especially enjoyed this story about a Michigan adoption.

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
This organization, which calls itself "a comprehensive resource on all aspects of adoption" is a joint service of several federal agencies that handle various aspects of adoption. A particularly nice service is their publications list. Most publications are online, those that aren't can be ordered by telephone, fax, or sending an email.

North American Council on Adoptable Children
This organization focuses on meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them. Nevertheless, there is still some terrific information for prospective parents who are thinking about adoption. I especially like the article How to Adopt, which explains, in detail, all the steps of the adoptive process.

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