Who are we?
Adoption-Link was founded in August 1992 by Margaret Fleming, a clinical social
worker and adoptive mother of eight children. Adoption-Link is based upon the
philosophy that children of all races, including those children with special
needs, have a right to a loving and permanent home. Increasingly, prospective
adoptive parents from all cultures and backgrounds are turning to minority
children in the United States to build families through adoption. This trend
has generated a need for educational, supportive, and networking services
specific to the needs of these children. Providing these specialized adoption
services has been the primary purpose of Adoption-Link. Chances by Choice,
which was founded by Margaret in 2003, merged with and became a program of
Adoption-Link in 2006. Chances by Choice specializes in providing
internationally born HIV exposed children, and the families that support them,
the resources to thrive. Adoption-Link is currently placing children for
adoption from Guatemala and has the goal of adoptions from Ethiopia and
possibly other countries in the near future. In addition to adoption
placements, Chances will continue helping HIV+ children through reunification
programs, sponsorship, education, job training, and humanitarian services.
Adoption-Link began as an adoption consultation service. Initially, a staff of
one employee and one volunteer performed services for adoptive families and
birth parents through the process of private adoption. Today, Adoption-Link is
a full-service, licensed child-welfare agency with a staff of twelve, placing
minority and special needs children with families throughout the U.S., linking
HIV+ children with families and planning future endeavors internationally.
Adoption-Link strongly supports same-race placement. Trans-racial placement,
however, is seen as a viable alternative, provided that the adoptive family is
educated, sensitive, and open to the complex issues involved.
FAQs - African-American Program
FAQs - Chances by Choice (International HIV Program)
Home Study Application
Client Rights and Responsibilities
Client Grievance Policy
Agency Rights and Responsibilities