Information on Adopting from Eastern Europe and
former Soviet countries
Knowledge Affiliates is a local non-profit supporting adoption
and a great supporter of FRUA-Austin!
is a good starting point for
gathering information on adopting from Russia. It has a ton of
information from reading Russian medical reports to travel,
weather and cooking to a huge list of links to other sites.
is a great resource to help you
plan your trip.
Adoption Coalition has
tons of information to help you prepare for adoption, plus
cultural and language helpers.
for Research in International Adoption is
a very detailed site containing the results of scientific studies
on international adoption.
From Russia is
a privately maintained site with some great resources, including
how to get together your dossier, a few essential Russian phrases,
and travel information.
From Russia is a small web store for adoptive families, with a
variety of Russian children's books, talking toys, CDs with
lullabies and bedtime stories, and so much more.
Ways International is
a travel agency that specializes in international adoption travel.
facilitate independent adoptions from Ukraine.
Ukraine is an
independent support group aimed at helping families looking to
adopt from Ukraine.
Resources for Adoption
own Catherine Toran offers free notary service. Contact her for an
Work: 327-9500, Cell: 496-9500, Home: 288-5337
a support directory for parents
that includes links on education, adoption and other topics of
special interest to adoptive parents.
Child's Desire is
a nonprofit organization that provides help to families looking to
adopt hard-to-place children.
is a service which helps
families expedite their adoptions by providing courier service to
the Texas Secretary of State.
for older kids
Austin brings orphaned children, ages 7-12, from Russia,
Columbia, to Austin for
a six-week Summer
The children attend camp and families interested in adopting or
advocating for the children can arrange to host
a child in their home, visit the children at weekend events, or
meet them with their host family.
US Department of State
page contains specific information on the Embassy procedure for
applying for a child's entry visa.
Fact Sheet on
the State Department web site has important information on the
Child Citizenship Act of 2002, which grants international adoptees
citizenship immediately upon entering the United States.
has a handy online
is another good resource for
medical information on international adoptees.
is the daily English-language
a handy (privately maintained) site
with links to information
regarding US law
on dual citizenship.
Texas Library has
maps of Russia and surrounding nations.
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