Friday, January 8, 2010

PEAR releases first series of State Directories of Adoption Resources

Link to Directories updated May 14, 2010

Derived from the gaps identified from PEAR’s POSitive study and the recommendations from PEAR’s Mental Health Resource and Therapist Resource surveys, PEAR has created State Directories of Adoption Resources.

These directories are designed for prospective adoptive parents, adoptive parents and service providers looking for local resources.

This library can be found at
, where you can freely download the pdf directories .

Series 1 has five directories: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Rhode Island and Wyoming.

Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR) does not officially endorse any listing in these directories. The contents are provided for informational purposes only as a community service.

PEAR has no means of certifying the competence or quality of practice of any practitioner. PEAR makes no representations, warranties, guarantees or promises on behalf of or for those listed, and does not assume liability or responsibility for any service or product provided.

Each state directory is arranged into four sections: Health, Education, Bureaucracy, and Support alphabetically by city.

Health contains Early Intervention information and licensed practitioner listings. Each listing has a designation for specialty or service with a PEAR. See the index at the beginning of the document for definitions. Residential Treatment Centers are included here.

Education contains tutoring, remediation, specialized schools & interventions by non-licensed practitioners.

Bureaucracy contains information about:
Apostilles & Authentications
Medicaid waivers
Better Business Bureau
State statutes on adoption
Criminal background check
Recognition of foreign adoption decree or Delayed Certificate of Birth
Social Security offices/how to obtain card
Filing consumer complaints
State adoption subsidy
Licensed agency checks
License checks for health professionals
Vital records (birth, marriage & divorce cert.)
Hague Convention information (due diligence and complaints)

Support contains state-based support groups, web-support, and organizations. Respite care is also included here.

Keeping Directories Current
These directories will be updated at least twice yearly. If you know of any resource that assists internationally adopted children and is not on this list or if you have corrections, please email information to

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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