Adoption & Foster Care
This website offers informative tips, articles, and personal supports for adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, and international adoptions. Visit the website for a large directory of adoption resources and more information.

Adoption/Foster/Kinship Care Publications On-Line
This page, part of a comprehensive "Welfare Information Network" website, has a long list of links to on-line texts of important law and policy-related materials on child welfare issues. There are also "Issue Papers" on abuse/neglect, child well-being, welfare reform, child welfare data and research, family services, and state/federal efforts.

Evan B. Donaldson Research Institute
Based in New York City, the Institute focuses on providing adoption information to adoption professionals and others interested in adoption focused research, policy, and practice. Links to the institutes quarterly newsletter and volunteer opportunities are provided on the site.

National Adoption Center
Housed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the National Adoption Center works with adoption professionals and social workers to unite children and families. The Center provides a network for adoption professionals to link available children with interested families across the country. Additionally, the Center provides information and referral services on a variety of topics including special needs children, single parent adoption, and more.

National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning
The National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning is a federally funded child welfare center that provides training and consultants on foster care and permanency planning issues.

Post Adoption Support Services

This site, a program of the MSU School of Social Work, is designed as a resource for foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Michigan and the professionals who serve them. Its goal is to provide information and links to web sites and other resources that will be useful to both families and professionals. The site features information that is relevant to the filed of adoption in Michigan including upcoming training events.

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Advocacy & Policy

Action Alliance for Children
Action Alliance for Children is a California based, non-profit, nonpartisan agency that provides information about trends and policy issues affecting children and their families.

Administration for Children & Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for federal programs, which promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF seeks to empower families and individuals to increase their own economic independence and productivity, as well as support strong, healthy communities. ACF is strongly committed to working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their needs, strengths, and abilities.

American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 275,000, member public interest organization devoted exclusively to protecting the basic civil liberties of all Americans, and extending them to groups that have traditionally been denied. The ACLU has become a national institution, and is widely recognized as the country's foremost advocate of individual rights.

Child Advocacy
This site offers an electronic magazine for children's advocates. The latest news, articles, legislation, and books on the protection of children are available. Subscribe for a free email newsletter or print and save information of your choice.

Child Welfare
The Child Welfare homepage provides a gateway to information related to the welfare of children. The focus of child welfare has historically been on insuring that all children have opportunity-that all children have a fair start. The focus of the work is to examine the opportunities available to children and to further and enrich public discussion of this issue.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.

Child Welfare Institute
The Child Welfare Institute provides and eight-week training program for new FIA and contract agency child welfare staff, as well as modules for training experienced staff. Program areas addressed by the training include: Prevention, Children's Protective Services, Foster Care, Adoption, and Juvenile Justice. The Institute is a competency based training program whose goal is to assure protection and permanency for children through effective staff training. Additional information including course descriptions and training schedule is available on the web site.

Child Welfare League of America
The Child Welfare League of America is the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America's children and strengthen families. The CWLA, along with state child welfare agencies, provides the nation's first comprehensive, interactive child welfare database: the National Data Analysis System (NDAS).

Children's Defense Fund
National nonprofit organization educating the country about children's needs and encouraging preventive investment in children, particularly for poor children, children of color, and children with disabilities. The site includes a page about the Black Community Crusade for Children.

Children's Institute International
CII is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and strengthening the family through the provision of child abuse prevention and treatment services for high need, low-resource families, as well as through professional training, research, and advocacy.

Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth, and Family Policies
The Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth, and Family Policies provides cross-national, comparative information and linkages regarding the policies, programs, benefits and services available in the advanced industrialized countries to address child, youth, and family needs. Initial coverage focuses on 22 of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) countries and expansion to other countries and parts of the world is planned.

Families USA
Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans.

Future of Our Children
The Future of Children organization targets a multidisciplinary audience of national leaders, including policymakers, practitioners, legislators, executives, and professionals in the public and private sectors. The focus on timely dissemination of information on major issues related to children's well-being.

GAO Reports
The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress. Its mission is to help Congress oversee federal programs and operations to assure accountability to the American people. GAO accomplishes its mission through a variety of activities including financial audits, program reviews, investigations, legal support, and policy/program analyses.

Harvard Family Research Project
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) works to increase the effectiveness of public and private organizations and of communities as they promote child development, student achievement, healthy family functioning, and community building. Its role is to build capacity and to support high performance through solid research and evaluation. In its relationships with national, state, and local partners, the audiences for HFRP's work include policymakers, practitioners, philanthropists, and concerned individuals.

Harvard School of Public Health Violence Prevention Programs
Violence Prevention Programs (VPP) is an umbrella for many different initiatives. The program provides technical support and implements violence prevention training programs for youth and adults. VPP works with entities including the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kids Count
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. The Foundation also funds a nationwide network of state-level KIDS COUNT projects that provide a more detailed, community-by-community picture of the condition of children.

Michigan League of Human Services
The Michigan League of Human Services is a statewide citizens' non-profit organization dedicated to education, research, and advocacy for the benefit of low income and other vulnerable citizens in the state of Michigan. MLHS offers Michigan's citizens an opportunity to be connected to the state's vital human services network and the chance to affect the outcome of public policy decisions that ultimately impact the lives of all of the residents of Michigan.

National Center for Children in Poverty
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) identifies and promotes strategies that reduce the number of young children living in poverty in the U.S. and works to improve the life chances of the millions of children under age six who are growing up poor.

National Center for Health Statistics
NCH is a part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To meet priority data needs for public health, NCHS works closely with other federal agencies as well as researchers and academic institutions.

National Coalition for Child Protection & Reform
NCCPR works to make the system better serve America's most vulnerable children by trying to change policies concerning child abuse, foster care and family preservation.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
The National Council serves as a clearinghouse for juvenile information and statistics. Technical assistance is available to courts on all aspects of court operation and procedure. The Council can help with court administration and management, program development, decision-making, and case law.

National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment
The National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment assists states, local agencies, and tribes in enhancing the quality and effectiveness of services provided for maltreatment of children and their families. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the center provides training, technical assistance, consultation and written material in response to identified needs, which relate to prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Welcome to the Children's Bureau
The oldest federal agency for children, the Children's Bureau (CB) is located within the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. It is responsible for assisting states in the delivery of child welfare services-services designed to protect children and strengthen families. In addition, the agency makes major investments in staff training, technology and innovative programs.

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Juvenile & Criminal Justice

Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice is the United States' primary source for criminal justice statistics. BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Justice Information Center (NCJRS)
NCJRS is one of the most extensive sources of information on criminal and juvenile justice in the world, providing services to an international community of policymakers and professionals. NCJRS is a collection of clearinghouses supporting all bureaus of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs: the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the OJP Program Offices. It also supports the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Justice for Kids & Youth
The U.S. Justice Department offers ideas on how youth can become part of the solution to fighting crime by joining community programs.

OJJDP: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
OJJDP provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims. OJP's senior management team-comprised of the Assistant Attorney General, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and the five bureau heads-work together with dedicated managers and line staff to carry out this mission.

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Law & Legislation

ABA Center on Children and the Law
The Center is a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children. These include child abuse and neglect, adoption, adolescent health, foster and kinship care, custody and support, guardianship, missing and exploited children, and children's exposure to domestic violence.

Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP)
CLASP is a national nonprofit organization with expertise in laws affecting the poor. It improves the economic security of low-income families and children through education, policy, research, and advocacy.

Kempe Center
The Kempe Children's Center provides a clinically based resource center to provide training, consultation, program evaluation, and research in all forms of child abuse and neglect. KCC offers a multitude of programs including a therapeutic preschool, perpetration prevention program, and a child protection team. Visit the website for more information.

Lawyers Weekly
Lawyers Weekly USA is the national newspaper for practicing lawyers.

Michigan Bar
The State Bar of Michigan promotes improvements in the administration of justice and improving relations between the legal profession and the public, as well as promotes the interests of the legal profession in the State. Visit the web site for the latest access to justice.

Michigan Legislature
The website offers full-text searches of all current legislative session documents.

Michigan Courts: One Court of Justice
The U.S. Justice Department offers ideas on how youth can become part of the solution to fighting crime by joining community programs.

Michigan Administrative Code
This site includes the complete text of the Michigan Administrative Code organized by rule number and agency, with links to any proposed rules dealing with each portion of the code.

Thomas-Legislative Information on the Internet
The Library of Congress makes federal legislation available on-line. The three major areas covered by THOMAS - Legislation, Congressional Record, and Committee Information.

Welfare Law Center
The Welfare Law Center is a nonprofit corporation that works with and on the behalf of poor people to ensure that adequate income support-public funding provided on the basis of need-is available whenever and to the extent necessary to meet basic needs and foster healthy human and family development.

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State of Michigan

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)
MDCH is the largest of 22 principal departments of state government. The department is responsible for health policy and management of the state's publicly funded health service system.

Michigan Department of Education
This site contains information about the department including an on-line phone directory, reports, and resources from various offices in the educational community in Michigan and throughout the nation.

Michigan Family Independence Agency
FIA helps to improve the quality of life in Michigan by protecting children and vulnerable adults, delivering juvenile justice services, and providing support to strengthen families and individuals striving for independence.

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United States Government

Department of Education
The Department of Education strives to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans. The website offers a range of information about the department including funding opportunities, research and statistics, and links to other on-line resources.

Federal Register
The Federal Register (FR) lists U.S. federal agency announcements and information, such as presidential documents, agency meetings, grant opportunities, and proposed federal regulation.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Abstract serves as a guide to sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other federal agencies, and private organizations. The site contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included.

US Census Bureau Homepage
The Census Bureau web site provides on-line access to data, publications, products, programs, and more.

The White House
The White House website offers a variety of links for children giving them opportunity to explore issues concerning politics and government. Visit the website for interactive website tours and more.

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Miscellaneous Links

Low Income Mortgage, Affordable Housing, & Homelessness
This guide was written to help low income earners and the general public to understand the steps and processes required when purchasing affordable housing, as well as inform homeless people about methods and programs to find accommodation.

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