Adoption Option , Inc. Resources

Find answers to common questions and find links to other helpful adoption resources.
Adoption Option, Inc. Information
AOICWO FAQ Brochure Revised

This brochure details the Adoption & Foster Care Information and Process that we follow at Adoption Option Inc.

Programs Provided by AOICWO

This brochure details the services offered by AOICWO to the families and children we serve.

Photo-Listing of Michigan Children Awaiting Adoption
Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange
MARE is an information and referral service for interested families and adoption workers.  A photo-listing of waiting Michigan children is available.

MI Heart Gallery
The Michigan Heart Gallery is a unique photographic exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care.

Other Adoption Resources

MARE Family Newsletters
The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) releases newsletters throughout the year. “Every issue includes insightful important information for adoptive and foster families, or for those who are considering adoption and foster care. Learn what’s going on through the Calendar of Events and other regular features.” (Scroll down on the page; they are below the Professional Provider Newsletters.)

North American Council on Adoptable Children
The NACAC is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and families who adopt them.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway is a comprehensive resource for all aspects of adoption including infant, inter-country and special needs adoption.

National Adoption Center
NAC expands opportunities for children throughout the US, particularly for children with special needs and those from minority cultures.


Tax Resources

Adoption Credit and Adoption Assistance Information
More information from the IRS on possible tax credits. (IRS Tax Topic 607)

Qualified Adoption Expenses
IRS form 8839

Qualified Adoption Expenses Instructions
Instructions for IRS form 8839

IRS Home Page
Search for ‘adoption’ on the IRS website to find other relevant information and the “Adoption Benefits FAQs.”

Talking to the Kids by Age Groups

Talking to 3-5 Year Olds About Adoption
This article explains how to talk to kids in this age group about adoption.

Talking to 6-8 Year Olds About Adoption
This article explains how to talk to kids in this age group about adoption.

Talking to your Teen About Adoption
This article explains how to talk to your teenager about adoption.

Resources for Taking Care of Youth
Other Publications

Adopting the Older Child

Adoption Subsidy: Publication 538

Adopting a Child in Michigan: Publication 823

AOI Program Statement

AOI Program Statement 2009

Michigan Adoption Program Statement: Publication 255

Putative Father Explained

Putative Father – Adoption Option

Releasing Adoption Information: on releasing information from Michigan adoption records Publication 439

A Handbook for Youth in Foster Care


The Complete Adoption Book (
As adoption professionals and adoptive parents, authors Laura Beauvais-Godwin and Raymond Godwin share their expertise. Regardless of the types of adoption you are considering, this book will have helpful information. It is available online from Amazon and others. Table of Contents Summary.

Domestic Adoption Reading List
These are some books and articles we believe will help you through all steps of the adoption process.

Taking Care of Yourself While Raising Your Grandchildren

This is a great guide for kinship caregivers that are grandparents. An estimated 2.7 million grandparents in the United States are taking the lead in raising their grandchildren. More than 6.1 million children under 18 live in their grandparents’ households. Focusing on your physical, mental and financial health is critical if you are your grandchild’s primary caregiver.

West Midland Family Center Resources
Helping Families Grow and Thrive Preschool for three- and four-year-olds at four locations

  • Childcare for children ages 12 and under
  • After-school and summer programs for youth and teens
  • Summer food program from the USDA for youth ages 18 and under
  • Dow College Opportunity Program to support and mentor high school students
  • Parent education and social services
  • Community computer lab with Internet access
  • Call us for details at 989.832.3256, or visit
  • Located at 4011 West Isabella Rd. (M-20)
  • 14 miles west of Downtown Midland
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