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our site Adoption Resources
Extensive information and articles about international and domestic adoption, expenses, laws, and foster care; recommended books and websites; and links to our Community.
Breastfeeding & Feeding
A group for anyone breastfeeding or interested in breastfeeding and needs support or help or just someone to chat with. All baby ages welcome from pregnancy to childhood.
La Leche League
(800) LALECHE (525-3234)
TTY (847) 592-7570
"Our mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother."
International Lactation Consultant Association
Moms who need a lactation consultant can search here by location. "The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families."
"This website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting." Kellymom includes a lactation consultant directory. Kelly Bonyata, who runs the site, is an IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant).
Medline Plus infant formula page
Information about baby formula from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
A U.S. government site that offers comprehensive information about food and nutrition.
Car Seat Safety
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
"Through education, training, enforcement, outreach and legislation, NHTSA seeks to ensure that all children ages 0-16 are properly restrained in the correct restraint system for their age and size every time they travel in a motor vehicle. While great progress has been achieved in recent years in preventing child occupant deaths and injuries, and increasing the correct use of child safety seats, booster seats and safety belts – thanks in no small measure to the tireless dedication of NHTSA and its many partners in the child passenger safety community – more work needs to be done to protect child occupants who remain at heightened risk."
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to child passenger safety. "Our mission is to help reduce the number of serious and fatal traffic injuries suffered by children by promoting the correct, consistent use of safety seats and safety belts. Founded in 1980, SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. is a nationally recognized program of excellence, training, and up-to-date technical materials. We provide consultation to advocates, parents, business leaders, the media and professionals working in the fields of health care, traffic safety and education."
The National Passenger Child Safety Board
Provides "program direction and technical guidance to states, communities and organizations as a means to maintain a credible, standardized child passenger training and certification program."
(800) 4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
This national nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. "The Hotline counselors are there 365 days a year to help kids, and adults who are worried about kids they suspect are being abused or neglected. You can call [the hotline] if you live in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands. The call is free and anonymous."
Child Welfare Information - Find help
How to find help with a personal situation.
Child welfare information - Report an issue
How to report suspected child maltreatment.
National Sex Offender Registry
A free service that lists the location of registered sex offenders. You can search by area.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Publications: A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
Find information and specific steps parents can take to protect their children from Internet predators and from viewing inappropriate content on their computer. The site also provides a list of local F.B.I. offices, where you can report a potential sex predator and other possibly illegal activity.
Up-to-date information and safety tips related to the world of social media. The Internet safety campaign is designed specifically to prevent teens from becoming victims of online predators.
"Safe Kids Worldwide is the first and only international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. It focuses on one specific problem: more children 1 to 14 die from accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, poisoning and falls than any other cause."
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
"CDC's mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury and disability."
Depression & Mental Illness
Depression During Pregnancy – BabyCenter
Postpartum Depression – BabyCenter
Expert information about symptoms, treatment, and resources.
National Institutes of Mental Health
Information, resources, and referrals for help related to depression and other mental and emotional problems.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (799-7233)
(800) 787-3224 (TTY)
"The National Domestic Violence Hotline answers more than 16,000 calls per month from victims, survivors, friends and family members, law enforcement personnel, domestic violence advocates and the general public. Hotline advocates provide support and assistance to anyone involved in a domestic violence situation, including those in same-sex relationships, male survivors, those with disabilities, and immigrant victims of domestic violence. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential."
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
(866) 331-8453 (TTY)
Text “loveis” to 22522 (SMS)
"The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline … can be accessed by Internet or phone. The Helpline and loveisrespect.org offer real-time one-on-one support from trained advocates."
Battered Women's Justice Project
The project "promotes change within the civil and criminal justice systems to enhance their effectiveness in providing safety, security, and justice for battered women and their families.
U.S. Department of Education
Information to help your child prepare for and succeed in school, plus standards, laws, school placement issues and questions, special needs and education, IEPs, contacts for all states (from infant education through college), and financial aid. Includes information about faith-based schools and charter schools, and numerous checklists for parents to use with homework, drug prevention, No Child Left Behind, and more. Also links to a listserv for parents.
A resource for finding and choosing a school in your area.
"Caring.com was created to help you care for your aging parents and other loved ones. Our mission is to give you the information and other resources you need to make better decisions, save time, and feel more supported."
Information about caring for older people, long-term care, and aging.
The leading health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research.
(800) MEDICARE (633-4227)
The official website for people with Medicare.
Government Healthcare Assistance
Content related to the Affordable Care Act
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
A federal program that works with every state to provide healthcare to low-income families. Each state's eligibility requirements and contact information are outlined on the site.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services "Insure Kids Now" Program
A great resource for you and your children, this national program provides healthcare to babies and young children at no cost or a nominal fee. In some states the program includes the whole family and even covers prenatal care. If you don't have private medical insurance, find out whether you're eligible to sign up for this program before your baby's born.
Internet Safety & Rumors
Federal Trade Commission
The FTC's identity theft information page.
Get Safe Online
Expert advice on protecting yourself from identity thieves, viruses, phishing, and other Internet threats.
Find out whether something is an urban legend, rumor, or true.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
(800) THE LOST (843-5678)
Resources for parents on missing children, sexual exploitation, child safety, sex offenders, success stories, and natural disasters. You can also report a sighting, offer a tip, get involved, and much more.
American Association of Poison Control Centers
"1-800-222-1222 is the telephone number for every poison center in the United States. Call this number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk to a poison expert. Call right away if you have a poison emergency. Also call if you have a question about a poison or about poison prevention. Your call is routed according to the area code and exchange of the phone number you are calling from. If you call from a cell phone, you will reach a poison center. Depending on your cell phone carrier, you might reach the poison center in the area where you are or in the 'home' area of your cell phone. Either poison center can help you. If you need local assistance but reach the poison center back home, the 'at home' poison center can coordinate with the poison center at your current location. You will get the care and information that you need."
Product Safety & Recalls
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
"The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years."
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation
(800) 424-9153 (TTY)
Search consumer complaints, defect investigations, recalls, technical service bulletins, and more.
SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
American SIDS Institute
"Founded in 1983, the American SIDS Institute, a national nonprofit health care organization, is dedicated to the prevention of sudden infant death and the promotion of infant health through an aggressive, comprehensive nationwide program."
Substance Use and Abuse
Help and support for people dealing with alcoholism.
Help and support for people dealing with an addiction to narcotics.
Help and support for the families and friends of alcoholics.
Drug Rehab Connections
Provides support and information on addiction and recovery resources.
National Hopeline Center
(800) SUICIDE (784-2433)
A 24-hour hot line, plus support and information for people suffering from all types of depression, including depression during pregnancy and postpartum depression.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (273-8255)
(800) 799-4TTY (799-4889)
"The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a national 24-hour and toll-free suicide prevention service available to all those in suicidal crisis who are seeking help. [Callers] will be routed to the closest possible provider of mental health and suicide prevention services. The network is composed of over 115 individual crisis centers across the country."
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACOG is "the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women." It's a private nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
National Women's Health Resource Center
Comprehensive, physician-approved information on a broad range of women's health issues.