In response to a call from the community for specialized post-adoption services, the Adoption Mentoring Partnership emerged from a collaboration between Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County, the Rudd Adoption Research Program at UMass Amherst, the Adoption Journeys program, the Amherst Regional School District, and the Psychological Services Center at UMass Amherst to create a unique support system for adopted children in Amherst and the surrounding communities.
The mission of the UMass Adopted Student Advisory Panel (ASAP) is to advise professionals and non-professionals in the field of adoption about how to best support those who are adopted and their families. In addition, the group engages in adoption related advocacy by raising awareness on campus about the lived experience of those who are adopted.
The Re-envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) Initiative seeks to change the culture and practice of how we perceive and support children and youth in the public foster care system in the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin County region of Western Massachusetts
In continuing to fulfill the Rudd Adoption Research Program's goals of connecting the community with researchers and policymakers, we have begun The Voices Project, in which we interview leading researchers, practitioners, doctors, professors, and clinicians in the field of adoption, and publish their responses here.
The following links are provided for your information and reflect diverse viewpoints. Listing of these sites does not reflect an endorsement by our project staff or institution; nor can we verify or confirm the accuracy of information in sites maintained by persons not affiliated with our project.
- Adoptive Families Magazine
- Adoption Journeys
- British Association for Adoption and Fostering
- Child Welfare Information Gateway (US Dept of HHS) - adoption pages
- The Donaldson Adoption Institute
- North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
- Rudd Adoption Research Program, UMass Amherst - Facebook page
- U.S. Department of State, Intercountry Adoption