Web Links

General Adoption Links
Post Adoption Link
Resources for post adoptive families in the Greater Sacramento Area.

The AB 1790 Guide and Toolkits are here!  As you may remember AB1790 addressed the barriers to the availability of adoption/permanency mental health professionals and created recommendations to remove those barriers.
   Why does it matter? Adoptive parents speak loud and strong: “working with clinicians who do not understand out special issues can do more harm than good. We have no where to turn.”  We owe it to those parents to build a cadre of mental health providers with the needed specialized training and experience.
    Somewhere to Turn – Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Adoptive and Guardianship Families is a companion piece to augment ACIN 1-26-16.  It is published as four separate guides for the following groups:·        County Behavioral Health Agencies·        Community Mental Health, Managed Care, and Fee-for-Service Providers (including CACFS members)·        County Child Welfare Agencies·        Private Nonprofit Child Welfare Agencies
Go to www.sierrahealth.org/AB1790-Implementation-Guide to download any of the four guides

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds is a practical, online educational resource dedicated to promoting and supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of young people. 

North American Council on Adoptable Children
Provides articles and information on post adoption resources for adoptive families.
Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the U.S
A national nonprofit organization committed to providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on Asperger Syndrome and related conditions.
The National Adoption Center
For children ages eight to 12, designed for children whose lives have been touched by adoptions.
The Autism Society of America
Provides a great source of information and help.
The Center for Adoption Support and Education
Provides information for kids, teens, parents, birth parents, educators and professionals.
The Autism Network International
A self help group run by and for autistic individuals.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway
Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. Visit often for the latest on a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.
The Autism Research Institute
A non-profit organization which researches autism and disseminates information on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau
Provides information about adoption.
Autism Resources
Provides a a list of available California resources and contacts.
Sacramento County Ombudsman
Information about ombudsman services.
There is an excellent online support group for parents and kids.
Sacramento County Adoption
Sacramento County is a licensed adoption agency.
 Cerebral Palsy
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Provides information for adoptive parents and professionals identifies information on adoption for the adoption community.


Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders
Provides information on diagnosis and treatment as well as links to other resources.
The Pact, an Adoption Alliance
Founded by adoptive parents as an adoption resource site.
The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
A good place to start researching Cerebral Palsy issues.
Tapestry Books
A publishing house website specializing in books on all aspects of the adoption experience. Browse the book summaries.
 Community Family Resources
Voices of Adoption
Provides a forum for discussions about adoption as well as much good information. In particular, the "Borderlands" section has special emphasis on Transracial adoptions.
Wind Youth Services
Works with youth experiencing homelessness, helping them find safety from the streets and giving them access to resources to help them move from crisis to health, functioning and independent lives
Rainbow Kids
Provides adoption information, international adoptions, special needs adoptions, adoption articles and waiting child photolistings.
Call 2-1-1 Sacramento
Information about programs and community services for families in Sacramento
Sacramento Community Family Resources
Central listing of family resources in Sacramento.
Challenge Sports Sports for school aged kids with special needs. For information call: (916) 554-0889.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)
Warrior's Soul Inc.
Equine Guided Education.
Shari Landes' Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Reference List
Guide to of useful links.
 For Children
Christian ADHD.com
Christian perspective and approach to handling problems arising with this disorder.
The National Adoption Center's - AdoptionClubHouse
The National Adoption Center provides an exciting web site specifically for adopted children between 8 and 13, their parents and others interested in knowing what's on the mind of young adoptees.
ADD Action Group
A collection of articles on alternate treatments and other aspects off ADD/ADHD.
 Fragile X Syndrome
An on-line magazine for people with ADD.
The National Fragile X Foundation
Provides a lot of information and resources concerning the most common cause of inherited mental impairment.
Disabilities - General 
The National Fragile X Research Foundation
This website will keep you informed of the latest research into this disorder.
Family Village
A global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities.
The Post Adoptive Resource Project
Offers support for families who have adopted children with emotional/behavioral disabilities
The Special Ed Advocacy Library
Provides articles and advice on hoe best to get your child the education they need.
Kid's Together
Designed to provide helpful information and resources to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.
A site providing pages of legal resources for parents and professionals with special education issues to resolve.
The Disablilities Law Project
Aimed at advancing the civil rights of persons with disabilities.
Sacramento County Office of Education
Has a site that offers parent resources and school accountability report cards as well as listings of programs and services offered throughout the county
Alta Regional Center
An agency dedicated to providing support, resources and intervention to children and adults with significant disabilities.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 
The Adoption LawSite
Aims to deliver a single online resource where prospective adoptive parents, biological parents, adoption and child welfare lawyers, juvenile and family court judges and child advocates of all kinds can turn to for child welfare and adoption law information.
The FAS Community Resource Center
Provides information on the diagnosis, treatment and parenting of children with FAS/FAE.
Area Board 3
An advocacy organization providing education, support and advocacy to people with disabilities
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
A national organization focusing solely on FAS.
The Juvenile Law Center
A non-profit, public interest law firm which advances the rights and well being of children in jeopardy. They work for the reform and coordination of the child welfare, juvenile justice and public health care systems in their delivery of services to children.
Learning Disabilities 
Disability Rights California
Is dedicated to providing free advocacy and legal assistance to California residents with disabilities.
An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
An organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.
The Learning Disability Association
The largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities
 Mental Health
The Parenthood Web
A quick guide to symptoms and solutions.
The National Institute of Mental Health
A comprehensive guide with diagnosis, case studies and medication advice.
Parents and Educators Resource Center
Offers a comprehensive set of resource links categorized by specific learning difference.
The Health Gazette
An excellent resource for clinical diagnosis and treatment.
The Schwab Foundation
Offers support for families with a learning disability as well as resources for professionals.
Internet Mental Health
Guide to symptoms, treatment & resources
Claims to be the Internet's most comprehensive site for information on developmental apraxia of speech (verbal dyspraxia).
The Mental Health America Sacramento, CA (MHA )
A nonprofit citizen's organization that develops, supports and promotes innovative education and advocacy programs.
Provides a growing directory of education related articles
The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
A national parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.
Sacramento County Mental Health Crisis Intervention
Offers information on the services provided.
Another good general medical reference site with an excellent guide to medications.
Sacramento County Mental Health Services
Offers information on the services provided.
Dr C. Everett Koop former US Surgeon General
A comprehensive site offering medical news along with drug and disease references.
 Oppositional Defiant Disorder
The Warmline Family Resource Centers
Dedicated to providing support to families with children with special medical needs
Mental Health
Offers good technical descriptions of the symptoms, causes and treatments of this disorder.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders
Maintains databases that may help you find help for an unusual problem.
 Spina Bifida
The Mayo Clinic
Another great source for medical information
Children with Spina Bifida
A resource page for parents.
Reactive Attachment Disorder 
Spina Bifida Association of America
The mission of the organization is the prevention of spina bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected.
Website has a growing list of parents and professionals interested in attachment and bonding issues.
 Tourette Syndrome
Attachment Disorder Site
Website offers articles and information.
The Tourette Syndrome Association
A national organization dedicated to providing up-to-date, accurate information about Tourette Syndrome.
A large site with many pertinent articles.
Institute for Attachment and Child Development
Pioneers in the treatment of attachment disorder they are committed to transforming the lives of children with attachment disorder and their families.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma in the United States and around the world.
The Attachment Disorder Support Group
Offers real time on line networking and support.
 Special Needs Adoption
A Reactive Attachment Disorder Primer
Provides a comprehensive self-guided tour through many facets of this dicorder.
The National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoptions (better known as Spaulding for Children)
Provides training and support services for everyone involved with special needs adoption.
Has short-term, therapist-directed play therapy for children and their parents.
Website has a large amount of information and articles relating to adopting an older child.
Dr. Martha G. Welch
One of a very limited number of medical doctors in the United States who specialize in Reactive Attachment Disorder.
 Search and Reunion
Center for Family Development
Provides articles and research.
Offers a birth parent and adoptee registry search service
Heal the Hearts Foundation
Promotes the education and understanding of Reactive Attachment Disorder.
 Parenting and Adoption Training
Families By Design
Nancy Thomas' site featuring books, articles, and helpful tips.
Foster Parent College
Offers on-line training for foster, adoptive, kinship, and birth parents. These interactive courses provide valuable information, insights and advice from experts on dealing with challenges faced by foster parents.
Website is devoted to educating parents of children adopted from China about Reactive Attachment Disorder.
The Little Prince
A nice site run by a RAD parent. It has great poetry as well as advice.
A well-presented and informative site put together by a paramedic who has been personally touched by this disorder.
 Thanks to TAPLINK for their assistance with researching this information. return to top