• June 2002
  • Vol. 3, No. 5

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Adoption Community Connects Online Through E-Magazines, Listserve

Adoption professionals and members of the "adoption triad"--adoptees, adoptive families, and birthparents--can keep up-to-date with developments in the field through two free e-magazines. A new listserve also helps foster and adoption recruiters network.

The National Adoption Center launched a new e-newsletter, titled NACzine, in November 2001. The bimonthly NACzine was developed to provide information about featured children, breaking news on adoption, and other significant updates. Its "News Flash" section features articles on adoption that appear in the press in the United States and other countries. Each issue also highlights a waiting child from the National Adoption Center's FACES of Adoption website. Book reviews, personal adoption stories, and Center events are also included. To receive NACzine, sign up for the FACES of Adoption email list on Yahoo! Groups by visiting http://www.NACzine.org.

Another online resource is the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law Weekly News Summary. Viewers are provided brief summaries of the articles, and full-text versions are available. Visit the website at http://www.law.capital.edu/adoption/news_cases/template_news.htm.

Foster and adoption recruiters can participate in virtual brainstorming sessions through a new listserve. Members are encouraged to share successful recruitment ideas so that others may replicate or adapt them. Recruiters also discuss activities that were ineffective and obstacles in recruiting homes for children in foster care. The listserve is an open, unmoderated group. To join the listserve, email fosteradoptrecruiters@yahoogroups.com or contact Chany Reon Ockert, recruitment and development specialist for A Family for ME at mainerecruiter@yahoo.com.

Related Items

There is a growing list of online and electronic networking venues. See the following related articles in these past issues of the Children's Bureau Express (http://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov) for some resources:

  • "Distance Learning Offers New Options for Adoption Preparation" (July/August 2001)
  • "New Listserve Connects Child Welfare Training Professionals" (January/February 2001)
  • "Connect Online to Special Needs Adoption Professionals" (May 2000)

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