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Agencies and Resources for Adoption, Fostering, and Guardianship

There are a host of resources available to assist you if you are considering adopting a child, fostering a child or serving as a guardian.

Some of these resources handle adoption, fostering, and guardianship. Other resources specialize in just one of the areas. Call them for more information. We also have a special section below for grandparents who are assuming guardianship of a grandchild. 

Public Adoption Agencies

Alameda County Social Services Agency, Adoption Unit 
Phone: (510) 268-2422 
P.O. Box 1768 
Oakland, CA 94604 

San Francisco County
Department of Human Services, Adoption Unit 
Phone: 1-888-SFCHILD 
125 2nd St., Oakland 94607

Contra Costa County Social Services Department 
(925) 335-7000

Marin County Department of Health and Human Services 
Phone: (415) 499-7118 
10 N. San Pedro Road Room 1002 
San Rafael, CA 94903

Solano County 
Health and Welfare Services Department; Adoptions 
Phone: (707) 421-7961

State Department of Social Services 
Adoption Policy Bureau 
Phone: 1-800-KIDS4US 
Address: 744 P.S., Mail station 19-69 
Sacramento, CA 95814 
Contact them to receive information about adoptions or to get a list of state licensed public and private adoption agencies.

Local Private Agencies and Other Information Resources

Adopt International 
160 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland 94610 
Phone: 510-653-8600 
Fax: 510-653-8603

Adoption/Foster Care 
401 Broadway, Oakland 94604-1768 
jCall 510-268-2422 for adoption 
Call 510-268-2444 for foster care

Adoption Connection 
Jewish Family and Children's Services 
3272 California St, San Francisco 94118 
Phone: 415-202-7494 
Fax: 415-351-2707  
Full-service licensed, non-profit adoption agency offering a wide range of services including information and referral, education, counseling, placement of babies, and post-adoption parent groups.

Aid to Adoption of Special Kids 
287 17th Street, Suite 207 
Oakland, CA 94612 
Phone: 1-800-370=2275 
Web site: www.aask-az.org 
Licensed adoption agency that places children who have physical or development disabilities, extraordinary medical needs, or behavioral and emotional problems due to abuse or neglect. All potential adoptive parents are welcome including single people and non-traditional families. African-American and Latino families are especially needed, as are families willing to parent sibling groups.

American Indian Child Resource Center 
522 Grand Avenue, Oakland 94610 
Phone: 510-208-1870 
Fax: 510-208-1886 
Foster Care Program for emergency, short term and long germ placement. Indian Education Center, tutoring and cultural activities; counseling program.

Black Adoption Placement and Research Center 
125 Second St, Oakland 94607 
Phone: 510-839-3678 
Fax: 510-839-3765  
A licensed adoption and foster family agency. They recruit, train and certify families for the placement of African American and all children waiting for permanent homes.

Center for the Vulnerable Child 
Children's Hospital Oakland 
5400 Telegraph, Oakland 94618 
510-428-3156 
Foster care program support group.

Family Builders by Adoption 
528 Grand Ave, Oakland 94610 
Phone: 510-272-0204 
Fax: 510-272-0277 
Web site: www.familybuilders.org 
Adoption agency for special needs children. Includes training for potential adoptive parents and post adoption services. Also does foster care placement and training.

PACT-An Adoption Alliance 
3200 Blue Dr, Suite 289 
Richmond, CA 94806 
Phone: 510-243-9460 
Fax: 510-482-2089 
Web site: www.pactadopt.org 
This agency provides ongoing educational services to adoptive families of color-both same race and transracial.

National Resources

Adoptive Families of America 
3333 Highway 100 North 
Minneapolis, MN 55422 
Phone: 763-535-4829 
Web site: www.adoptivefam.org 
Contact them for a lit of adoption agencies and attorneys nationwide.

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys 
P.O. Box 33053, Washington D.C., 20033-0053 
Contact them for a free list of adoption attorneys.

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse 5640 Nicholson Lane, Suite 300 
Rockville, MD 20852 
Phone: 301-231-6512 
Web site: www.calib.com/naic/link.htm 
Contact them for information on a variety of topics related to adoption.

The National Council for Single Adoptive Parents 
Phone: 202-966-6367 
Web site: http://www.adopting.org/ncsap.html 
Email: ncsap@hotmail.com 
P.O. Box 55 
Wharton, NJ 07885

Websites

Adopt: Assistance, Inforamtion, Support 
www.adopting.org/ar.html

Adoption Network 
www.worldsys.com/adoption/

Voices for International Development and Adoption 
http://members.aol.com/vidaadopt/vida.html

For grandparents raising grandchildren

AARP Grandparents Information Center 
601 E Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20049 
Phone: 202-434-2296 
The AARP Grandparent Information Center provides information and resources to help grandparents cope with their surrogate parent roles.

AGAIN-A Grandparent Assistance and Information Network 
3021 Brookdale Ave, Oakland 94602 
Phone: 510-261-1076 
Support for grandparents raising young grandchildren.

Parental Stress Service 
1727 MLK Jr. Way Suite 109 
Oakland, CA 94612 
Hotline/Referral: 510-893-5444 
Support Groups, referrals, resources and parents/caregivers' rights. 24 hour hotline, individual and family counseling, parent education.