Resources for Adopting Through SWAN

General Adoption Websites

  • The official website for SWAN
  • This is a photolisting for PA children waiting for families, as well as other useful information
  • This is a national photolisting, although you can search for PA children here as well. In addition, they have many resources and articles.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway, a clearinghouse with lots of information about adoption and child welfare
  • National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption
  • National Adoption Center
  • Together as Adoptive Parents This website contains a wonderful listing of adoption savvy resources all over the state of PA.

Subject-specific resources


  • Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child by Trish Maskew;
  • Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals and Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky
  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents and Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma by Deborah Gray
  • Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility by Foster W. Cline and Jim Fay
  • Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child by Beth O’Malley
  • In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell their Stories
    by Rita James Simon and Rhonda Roorda
  • The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
  • Parenting Your Older Adopted Child and Eden’s Secret Journal The Story of an Older Child Adoption by Brenda McCreight
  • Adopting the Older Child by Claudia L. Jewett
  • A Child’s Journey Through Placement by Vera Fahlberg