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Child Adoption Organizations - Adopting Children

The Murray family, of Barrington, N.J., receives the “Family of the Year” award from the National Adoption Center. Bob Bechtold (right to left), Center Board Member and Field Marketing Manager with Wendy’s International, Inc., presents the award at the Center’s annual meeting last week to Shawn Murray, the father; Rosalyn Young, the grandmother; Patricia Murray, the mother; and the children (front row, left to right) Ashley, Alissa, and Kevin. The National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, was founded in 1972 and since that time has found families for more than 20,000 children, all of whom have special needs or are from minority cultures. For more information, go to the Center’s main website at or call the National Adoption Center at 215-735-9988.

Nationwide, 126,000 children are waiting in the foster care system to be adopted. These children are mainly school-aged; they may be brothers and sisters who need homes together, and often have emotional, mental or physical challenges. Many come from minority cultures.

Patricia Murray and her husband, Shawn, who live in Barrington, NJ, say that adopting from the foster care system was their first choice. "We knew it would take years to adopt a healthy infant," said Patricia, "and we also knew there were children waiting for us in the foster care system." The Murrays and their three children received the "Family of the Year" award this year from the National Adoption Center.

The Murrays expanded their family from zero to three children in ten months. In 1999, they adopted Kevin, who was then four, and within six months the family adopted Alissa, three and a half, and her biological sister Ashley who was just under two and a half. Kevin is now nine and a half and his sisters are eight and six and a half.

"We took a risk," says Patricia about her process of adopting children who were not infants, "and the three of them are all doing better than anyone thought they would." Her son excels in math and enjoys playing soccer and basketball.

"You get more from seeing them grow and thrive than they’ll ever get from you," said Patricia. The Murrays were undaunted by their children’s challenges, fought for services for them, and have been thrilled by the achievements they have made. They say they feel blessed and thankful to have them.

Patricia emphasized that she "would absolutely do it again." She says that adopting a child from foster care is a "much less expensive way to adopt and much quicker." Her suggestion to prospective parents is that they "know their limits" and then be prepared to experience "something wonderful."

In preparation for parenting, Patricia took an adoptive parent class at the National Adoption Center (NAC). Now in addition to being an adoptive parent, she is an adoption advocate and a moderator with The Learning Center’s (a program of the NAC) online adoption chats.

Adopting children out of the foster care system is priceless, but it is not expensive. Parents do not need to earn a specific amount of income, and they do not need to own their own homes. Many of the waiting children are eligible for subsidy. Many of the children are older and may be adopted by an older parent or parents.

The mission of the National Adoption Center, a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pa., is to expand adoption opportunities throughout the United States, particularly for children with special needs and children from minority cultures. The Center was founded in 1972, and, since then, the Center has found homes for more than 20,000 children. For more information, go to the Center’s main website at or call the National Adoption Center at 215-735-9988.

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Featured Fertility Clinics and Child Adoption Organizations

Karande and Associates, S.C.
Hoffman Estates (Main):
1585 North Barrington Road
Doctors Building Two, Suite 406
Hoffman Estates, IL 60194
Tel: 847 884 8884
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Magee Womens Hospital
Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology,
300 Halket Street
Suite 5150
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel: 412 641 1600
Fax: 412 641 1077
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Bethany Christian Services
901 Eastern Ave NE
PO Box 294
Grand Rapids,
MI 49501-0294
Tel: 1 (800) BETHANY
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European Adoption Consultants
12608 Alameda Drive
OH 44149
Tel: 800 533 0098
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Commonwealth Adoptions International - CAI
Commonwealth Adoptions International 1585 E. River Road
Suite 121
AZ 85718
Tel: 520 327 7574
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Spence Chapin
6 East 94th St.
New York,
NY 10128
Tel: 212 369 0300
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Oregon Health & Science University
OHSU Fertility Consultants
1750 S.W. Harbor Way
Suite 100
Portland, Oregon 97201
Tel: 503 418 3700
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University of Illinois IVF Medical Center
University of Illinois IVF Medical Center 1 East Erie Street
Suite 530
Illinois 60611
Tel: 312 943 7318
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Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine
Swedish Medical Center:
799 E. Hampden Avenue,
Suite 300
CO 80110
Tel: 303 788 8300
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Reaching Out thru International Adoption, Inc.
Reaching Out thru International Adoption, Inc. 312 South Lincoln Avenue,
Cherry Hill
NJ 08002
Tel: 856 321 0777
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Huntington Reproductive Center
Pasadena (Los Angeles County)
Westlake Village (Ventura County)
Fullerton (Orange County)
Laguna Hills (Orange County)
Tarzana (Los Angeles County)
Toll-free 1-866-HRC-4IVF (472-4483)
For more information, click here

Southern California Reproductive Center
Beverly Hills
450 N. Roxbury Drive, 5th Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Tel: 310 277 2393
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