Adoption Resources & Experts


Medical Experts (specializing in the medical needs of adopted children):


Behavioral Experts:

  • Center for Family Development (Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.) - specializing in the treatment of adopted and foster families with trauma and attachment challenges:  
  • Adoption & Attachment Therapy Partners, LLC - specializing in adoption, attachment, and trauma; providing services to help facilitate close connections between all members of adoptive families:
  • Adoption Center of Upstate New York (Lisa Maynard, LMSW and John Sobraske, LMHC, LMFT) - specializing in the treatment of adopted and foster families with trauma, adoption-related issues, and attachment:
  • Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University (Karyn Purvis, Ph.D.) - specializing in helping children suffering from the effects of early trauma, abuse, or neglect:
  • Psychological Services Center, Syracuse University (Kevin Antshel, Ph.D.) - specializing in developmental psychopathology, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children, Autism, and Learning Disorders.


Adoption Support Groups/Networks:

Adoptive Families Community Group (Ithaca, NY):
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA):
New York State Citizens Coalition for Children, Inc.:
New York State Families with Children from China (FCC):

Long Island Adoption Support Group:
Adoption Radio Show on every Saturday at 2:00pm CST


Adoption Publications/Literature:

  • Family Connections.  A magazine published by Family Connections, Inc. providing information for birth parents and adoptive families. 
  • Re-Homing:  What Do Parents Need to Know About "Re-homing".  Booklet published by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services:
  • Adoptive Families - a national adoption magazine:
  • Adoption Today: Roots and Wings - a national adoption magazine:
  • Adoption Literature listed in the Tapestry Books Catalog -  including but not limited to books on: Considering Adoption, How to Talk to Your Child about Adoption, International Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoptive Parenting, Adoption Life Books, Adoption Triad, Attachment, Transracial Adoption,  Adopting an Older Child, Adopting Children with Special Needs, and great children’s books:   Please ask your adoption social worker for literature recommendations specific to your family’s needs and adoption plans.
  • The Connected Child - Book series by Karyn Purvis, co-founder of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX., and the co-creator of Trust-Based Relational Intervention®.
  • Supporting Videos found at:


Professional Adoption Organizations:

  • Adopt 2 Connect (social networking site for adoption):
  • Adopt 2 Connect is a social networking site for adoption.  Whether you are thinking about adoption, are in the process of adopting, or have adopted, Adopt 2 Connect can connect you with experience adoptive parents and adoption professionals.
  • Americans for International Aid & Adoption
  • Americans for International Aid & Adoption has been placing children from Asia, South and Central America, and Eastern Europe since 1976.  They have a strong emphasis on waiting children: older, sibling groups, and children with special needs
  • National Adoption Center:
  • The National Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care throughout the United States and is a resource to families and agencies that seek the permanency of caring homes for children.  
  • The Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
  • The Children's Bureau supports programs, research, and monitoring to help elimiate barriers to adoption and find permanent families for children.