Adoption Library

Single Parent Adoption:
Information and Resources

 

Information for Single Parents hoping to adopt

  • Adoption Professionals.com is a directory of adoption agencies, attorneys, social workers and others. The site is fully searchable by location, specialty and more and is an excellent way to find the professionals help and advice you will need to complete your adoption.
  • When you are ready to adopt, AdoptionOnline.com can help you network and find a Birthparent who will choose you to adopt their baby. The site provides basic information and advice on the adoption process as well as being the World's first waiting parents registry site.

Support Groups

  • Single Parents Adoption Network (SPAN) is a group of single adoptive parents who have joined together to provide support, recreation and friendship for single adoptive parents and children of single adoptive parents. While the website itself has little to offer, it does encourage you to contact them by E-mail for further assistance.
  • Note: As of 2/2014, this group does not appear to exist. Updated information will be added when it becomes available. If you are associated with this group, please contact us so that we can revise your information.
  • Single Adoptive Parent Mailing List: An E-mail only discussion and support group:
To join,send email to: Listserv@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU
In the message portion type: subscribe SINGLE-APARENT

General Information of Interest to Single Parents:


Single Dads

In general, the amount of information for and about single fathers is years behind information designed for women. What is available is typically focused on divorced fathers and is not adoption focused. We have listed here, some of the best resources currently available for dads. As the Internet grows, we expect to be able to add more.
  • The National Center for Fathering has some excellent general resources and resources specifically for adoptive fathers. The mission of the National Center for Fathering is to improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping men to be more effectively involved in the lives of children. In response to a dramatic trend towards fatherlessness in America, the Center was founded in 1990 by Dr. Ken Canfield to conduct research on fathers and fathering, and to develop practical resources to prepare dads for nearly every fathering situation.
  • Although they have no specific infromation relating to adoption, Dads and Daughters.org has a great many articles for Fathers with daughters covering all ages from newborn adult.
  • Note: As of 2/2014, this group does not appear to exist. Updated information will be added when it becomes available. If you are associated with this group, please contact us so that we can revise your information.

Single Moms

In general, single information for and about single mothers is targeted at single parents who give birth, and those made single because of divorce. There are very few adoption focused resources. We have listed here, some of the best resources currently available. As the Internet and single parent adoption grows, we expect to be able to add more resources.
  • In Single-Parent Adoption, parent Karen Moline writes about her experiences as a single parent. While the article is a few years old, it still offers honest insight into one woman's experiences.

Books:

  • Adopting On Your Own is a guide for decision-making. It addresses the questions and concerns of the growing number of prospective single parents. The book covers all stages of the adoption process, from deciding whether it's right for you, to orchestrating the adoption itself, to raising an adopted child as a single parent. It offers up-to-date information on the latest developments in adoption policy and the evolving attitudes of agencies and social workers toward single parent adoptions.
  • How to Turn Boys into Men Without a Man Around the House: A Single Mother's Guide provides age-old wisdom combined with modern-day understanding that will help you deal with the tough issues of raising a son of any age, including attachment and separation, dependency and autonomy, and boundaries and privacy. Explores methods to build character, resilience, and identity, as well as how to find find ways to foster healthy attitudes toward women and sex, promote educational and career success, and optimize the influence of your male friends. Explains how to take better care of you, perhaps the most neglected aspect of being a single mom. And last, you'll learn how to prepare for the inevitable day you must eventually let your grown son go off to be a man.
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Single Parenting "This book has absolutely wonderful information for the new single parent like myself. Everything from dealing with your ex to temper tantrums to looking after yourself. A must have for every single parent!" - Reader Review
  • Single Mothers By Choice Divided into two parts; - making the decision and - being a single mom. The author is the founder of a national organization called "Single Mothers By Choice." The adoption chapter provides a good starting point for further information-gathering.
  • The Ultimate Survival Guide for the Single Father Packed cover to cover with a compendium of useful information for men of any age or background. This no nonsence book will prove an invaluable resource for successfully raising a child without burning out or otherwise losing your mind!

 

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