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Parenting (Adoption)

Browse at your leisure. Each site listed is identified by name and includes a brief review by a student. This page will be updated often.

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a wonderful resource for parents and professionals who work with families that have children ages 0-5.  PAT works with organizations and professionals to provide curriculum, training and advocacy tools for working with parents who have children in this age range.  The PAT curriculum is focused on being relationship based, and the curriculum challenges professionals to assist parents with becoming their child’s best and most influential teacher.  The PAT site offers training opportunities and advocacy tools for professionals working with parents of young children. +Lori+ 

Parenting is a resource for parents seeking guidance on how to successfully raise their children. This website is sponsored by Boys Town, a non-profit organization dealing with the treatment and care of “at-risk” boys and girls. This site groups the children in developmental stages and then offers parenting styles and techniques for the various age groups from birth to high school. The topics range from child obesity, peer pressure, bullying, and parenting a child with ADHD. There is also a link for professionals who are working with families. This site posts a national hotline for kids and parents to call at any time with any problem. Resources include books, articles, and a free catalog. The site is great for clients and counselors alike. {Donna}

Infertility Counseling is a website offering services geared toward helping women who are having issues with unsuccessful fertility. This website not only provides infertility counseling specialists to help women through this heart wrenching and stressful time, but also provides psychological evaluations for ongoing treatment opportunities. Both interviews and evaluations can be conveniently completed via telephone, thus enabling assistance over long distances. There are three main categories to which a variety of services are offered which include those dealing primarily with infertility, psychological evaluations for donor oocyte programs, and gestational carrier and surrogacy options. Within the main topic of infertility, some of the counseling presented is geared toward marriages, individuals, and stress counseling. The second category, dealing with donor oocyte programs, helps individuals locate private egg donors, seek a surrogate candidate or have intelligence testing of sperm or egg donors. Thus, the website offers both hope and support toward providing individuals with various opportunities to become successfully fertile. {Juliana}

Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (MEND) is a great option for healing during the tragic time of losing a child due to stillbirth, miscarriage, or other causes of early infant death. MEND was developed by Rebekah Mitchell who was struggling with the loss of her own stillborn son. In an attempt to help other women in similar dire situations, she developed a support group to provide women with the support that they were desperately seeking during these heartrending times. This non-profit Christian organization offers several services designed to help those suffering from the loss of an infant. For instance, MEND offers free bi-monthly newsletters and has multiple support group chapters in various states throughout the country. It also provides women with an opportunity to communicate with other women in similar situations and share their feelings of loss and bereavement. In addition, MEND offers many valuable resources such as a list of websites pertaining to infant loss, an option to create a family memorial page, a variety of books pertaining to the issue of infant loss, as well as the option to purchase keepsake items to remember one’s loss, or even music to help during the healing process. {Julianna}

LaLeche League, a worldwide informational and support group for nursing mothers has a link to support women who are contemplating breastfeeding their children beyond one year. Through personal anecdotes from other mothers who have nursed their children into the preschool years, this website provides health tips, multicultural perspectives, and insights into being the mother of a nursing toddler. This website also addresses some of the discrimination a woman might face and supports her decision to naturally wean her child. I found this to be a comprehensive and sensitive website for mothers exploring this issue in their parenting style. ~Debbie~

Pregnancy Centers Online offers information to expectant mothers or to those considering an abortion. It provides an extensive list of pregnancy centers all over the United States, as well as in other countries. Toll-free hotlines are also available. If a woman needs to talk to someone about her situation, she can e-mail a counselor of her choice. A profile of each counselor is provided so that women can select those counselors best suited for them. Next, there is a section that provides information on pregnancy from conception to birth. If a woman is thinking of having an abortion, she can click on a section of the site that describes the risks and complications associated with abortion. Post-abortion assistance is also offered for those who have decided to terminate a pregnancy. Women can email counselors who are trained specifically to help with these difficulties. In addition to the list of email addresses, there is also a nationwide list of centers for women to contact and receive help. While this site offers the convenience of receiving help in the home, it is not a substitute for talking to a doctor concerning the medical needs of an unborn child. Users should use this website as a supplement to the help they receive from their medical providers. Medical providers may also be able to refer the women to counselors who may better help them, than a counselor over the internet. <Quiana>

Take a look at babycenter.com if you are having difficulty deciding if you should adopt. If you are having difficulty finding out where to adopt, how much you can afford to pay for adoption, or need to know the difficulty you may run into if you are thinking about adopting, this site may change your perception about adoption. [Gina]

Adoption.com is a very interesting resource site that may be used by counselors or clients. It deals with various issues of adoption and infertility. Additionally there are many links to resource centers, literature, and newsletters. Very helpful to my needs as many people that try foster care are actually trying to adopt. I have used this site as well for printed materials for foster parent training's. (Kathie)

I found this website of Adoption information to be an excellent starting point for all types of individuals involved with, or considering adoption. There are links to general information and services available to all who are considering adoption, then more specific links to supports for single parents, transracial and international adoptions, Gay and Lesbian adoptions, and even information on animal adoption! The links for Gay and Lesbian adoptions provided a support group, information on alternative methods of conception, and provided a link to services that connect lesbians and gays to partners of opposite sex. This link mainstreamed many of the institutions and services available. A newsletter, gay parent on-line magazine, and an MSW counselor are all available. Another link provided resources for adoptees either searching, or just trying to make connections to other adoptees. A support group is available, and an internet mailing list. I also found a link for parenting preparation and a support group for single African American Fathers. The only questions raised were the legality of some of the international adoption sites. Many of them stated they would adopt to single or gay parents, much did not mention much about their screening processes. (Joani)

Pregancy and Baby is actually useful for woman of child bearing age and follows a self-help format. Does not seem to have much for the clinician but some of the links could be helpful and the information on infertility is what I would use. (Kathie)

Joint Custody & Shared Parenting-What the Research Says, What Parents Say is a good place to start information gathering when children are involved in a parental divorce. Included in the information are some startling statistics that support the position that “the best parent is both parents.” The validity of the statistics and the methodology of the research may be questionable, but it successfully produces enough anxiety at the suggestion of life-long traumatizing effects of divorce and loss of a parent has on a child that it is easily taken seriously. A client may be referred to this site in the preliminary stages of a divorce proceeding, so that considerations are made in the interests of the child or children involved before decisions are finalized. (Jennifer)

As more and more children are taken out of the care of their parents, there must be supports for those who are caring for the children. Clients can be referred to GrandsPlace to learn that they are not alone and to experience validation of their feelings, their stress and their joy. Included in this site are links to other connections for specific topics of concern. This site also notes a statistic that over 5 million children in the United States live with their Grandparents. The site uses encouraging language that suggests that by uniting, through becoming a member of the group, these special others raising others’ special kids, they will gain support and facilitate the creation of positive home environments for the children. (Jennifer)

Currently, the juvenile court system does not recognize the rights of guardianship of a Grandparent over the guardianship rights of a parent. Even in a case where a child has lived solely in the care of a Grandparent while the parent’s whereabouts have been unknown, the court does not recognize the Grandparent as having legal right as to the course of treatment of a child. Grandparent Rights in Pennsylvania is a good information core for counselors working with such a case and need to know the law to guide services. The site makes arguments both for and against Grandparent visitation, and it challenges readers to consider a variety of possible scenarios where visitation may be harmful to the child. (Jennifer)

Positive Parenting is presented in somewhat of a formal style, but it identifies both professionals and parents as benefiting from the services and information offered. This website may be intimidating to parents, as it focuses on structured workshops and training classes led by “experts”. It has potential to create anxiety about personal parenting characteristics, as it is overt in its teaching approach of information sharing. (Jennifer)

Grandparenting.org provides wisdom and insight into the role of being a grandparent. It explores the value of maintaining positive relationships between the generations. There is also an online journal of grandparenting for use by professionals and researchers who are interested in the various aspects of the study of grandparenting. (Sue)

Woman.com is a wonderful resource for parents and counselors. It covers many topics about parenting including discipline, adoption, raising teens, single parenting, education, family dynamics, blended families, conflicts and communication, family finances etc. As a parent, I found this site informative and would encourage parents/clients to use this site. (Elaine)

The Child Development Institute site is designed to give parents information about topics concerning children and their development. This is a very interesting site with a lot of information for parents and counselors working with children. The site covers topics concerning learning disabilities, including details about attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, health and safety and teenagers. I think this site is a terrific resource for all parents. (Elaine)

As a grandmother of nine grandchildren and soon to be great-grandmother I especially enjoyed and related to many of the interesting links as provided be Off Our Rockers. This site would be beneficial to the growing number of grandparents being parents, AGAIN. (Sue)

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