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Special Issues

This section covers some of the special issues that adopting families should be aware of.


Fingerprinting for criminal record clearance is required for all international child adoptions and in most domestic child adoptions.  This U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service site provides helpful information.

Transracial Child Adoption Issues

Trans-racial or trans-cultural child adoption involves the placement of a child who is of one race or ethnic group with adoptive parents of another race or ethnic group.  Adoption experts have different opinions about this kind of adoption.

Child Adoption Disruptions

An adoption disruption or dissolution is an adopting family's worst nightmare.  Throughout the United States disruption rates range from about 10%-25%.  For information about disruptions and dissolutions visit this link.

Health and Disease

Health and Disease provides infant and child care advice from experts.  Included is health related information from a variety of sources including the Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Institutes of Health.

Help for Adopting Families by State

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 Alaska  Nebraska
 Arizona  Nevada
 Arkansas  New Hampshire
 California  New Jersey
 Colorado  New Mexico
 Connecticut  New York
 Delaware  North Carolina
 Florida  North Dakota
 Georgia  Ohio
 Hawaii  Oklahoma
 Idaho  Oregon
 Illinois  Pennsylvania
 Indiana  Rhode Island
 Iowa  South Carolina
 Kansas  South Dakota
 Kentucky  Tennessee
 Louisiana  Texas
 Maine  Utah
 Maryland  Vermont
 Massachusetts  Virginia
 Michigan  Washington
 Minnesota  West Virginia
 Mississippi  Wisconsin
 Missouri  Wyoming
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