Law Offices of Michelle M. Hughes, P.C.
Informational Groups/Sites on Adoption
Adoption Information Center of Illinois. Information on adopting through foster care:
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC): A resource for adoption is which has information as well as links to other resources for adoption, educational information on special needs and disabilities, tax credit, search and reunion, and child welfare policy and legislation:
Child Welfare Information Gateway:
Support Groups on Adoption:
Chicago Area Families for Adoption (CAFFA):
Stars of David:
Educational Classes for Adoptive Parents and Transracial Adoption Education:
Bridge Communications has been doing adoption education with a special emphasis on transracial adoption for over 20 years. With approximately 40% of adoptions being transracial, this source provides in person and teleclasses as well as customized trainings on transracial adoption.
Information on International Adoption:
The U.S. Department of State’s website provides an overview of International Adoption and country specific information at:
Social Security Numbers:
If you are in a pending domestic adoption and need a social security number for your child in order to file your tax return, you can apply for adoption tax identification number from the IRS.
Information on Adoption Tax Credit:
IRS Information for the tax credit is available at IRS website where they have a publication for Frequently Asked Questions about the Adoption Tax Credit at:
IRS Tax Information: www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html
The National Foster Parent Association: www.nfpaonline.org/
U.S. Citizenship: Information on How to Get Certificate of Citizenship After An International Adoption:
For Passport Information:
Q&A for Children Adopted Abroad:
Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange:
Search and Reunion:
Midwest Adoption Center: Midwest Adoption Center is dedicated to providing service to individuals and families touched by adoption and foster care in Illinois. Whether you are looking for information about a placement that happened years ago, want to locate a birth relative or are trying to find a counselor who is sensitive to adoption related issues, MAC may be able to help.
Adoption and Cultural Adoption camps:
Adoptive Family Weekend: Adoptive Family Weekend is a weekend camp experience for adoptive families from all backgrounds to come together and socialize outside Milwaukee.
Kaleidoscope : Kaleidoscope is an day camp for adoption and culture for one week in Chicago.
Umoja: Umoja is a transracial adoption weekend ( primarily families with Black children and parents of another culture) that takes place annually in Wisconsin.
NACAC: http://www.nacac.org/conference/conference.html (Every year)
CAFFA: https://caffa.org/event/caffa-2017-adoption-conference/ (Every other year)
KAAN: http://www.kaanet.org/conference.html (Every year)
Informational Resources Regarding Infertility:
International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc. (INCIID)
Support Groups Regarding Infertility:
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is dedicated to ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution through being empowered by knowledge, supported by community, united by advocacy, and inspired to act.
American Infertility Association: