EMK Press

EMK Press publishes books for adoptees, adoptive families, foster families, and adoption professionals. The EMK Press website offers resources, articles, and links for parents, teachers, social workers, adoption agencies, therapists and extended family.

EMK Press is owned by an Adoptive Parent, working with editors, contributors, and writers are from all parts of the triad: adoptee, birth parents, adoptive parents; all different ages; and all parts of the world.

Look forward to more about EMK Press at the Adoptive Parents Network website as we build our resources and other areas. APN is all about Networking with Other Parents (and professionals) and supporting families created by adoption. EMK Press fits completely with the Adoptive Parents Network.

Each book sold on the EMK Press helps to raise funding for a variety of adoption related charities. The book profits are used to generate the revenue needed to publish more books of the kinds adoptive parents and adoptees may find most helpful.

Stay tuned to the Adoptive Parents Network for much more about everyone at EMK Press!

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Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center -- OPARC

The Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), a division of Northwest Resource Associates, is a non-profit program contracted to provide services for Oregon DHS adoptive and assisted guardianship families. ORPARC was founded in April 1999 through a contract with the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS).

The ORPARC website includes information about Training Events and Support Groups Meetings held throughout the state of Oregon. With easy access to the online listing of items in the Lending Library,and links to important resources. Families in Oregon should keep ORPARC in mind for any help or questions after things are finalized.

But, more then just a Website ORPARC offers, support and information personally over the telephone. Considered one of the Best Examples of Post Adoption Services in the U.S. the people at ORPARC are committed and interested in supporting Oregon Families built by adoption.

ORPARC offers free and confidential services to:

  • Oregon DHS Adoptive families

  • Oregon Assisted Guardianship families

  • Families who have adopted through any state's child welfare system


You can use ORPARC services if you are an:

  • Oregon family and adopted children through any state foster care system;

  • Oregon assisted guardianship family;

  • Oregon DHS adoption staff member;

  • Oregon Special Needs Adoption Coalition staff member.


Office hours and telephone:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call us at 1-800-764-8367 or 503-241-0799 (Portland metro area).

Christine Mitchell - Author, Illustrator, and Mom!

The Adoptive Parents Network is all about information, resources and supporting Adoptive, foster, and special needs, parents and Christine Mitchell is an example of an Adoptive Parent we want to network with!

Christine Mitchell has written and illustrated:

  • Welcome Home, Forever Child

    • About Welcome Home, Forever Child:
      After expressing their excitement at welcoming their new child home, the parents acknowledge that they missed significant events and milestones in the child’s early years. The family then cheerfully looks forward to the experiences and ‘firsts’ they will share and the memories they will make together. Throughout the book, the parents promise to love, nurture, and protect their child. Finally, the family reiterates their joy at welcoming their Forever Child into his or her Forever Family.
      Read More: ..Read More


  • Handling Adoption Questions

    • This book includes a long list of some of the questions children may be asked and remarks they may hear. Parents can use the examples and some of the possible responses as a guide while talking about the issues with their son or daughter. The child’s age and adoption story will influence which situations and responses parents choose to explore with them.

    • Included in this Guide:

      • I.Strategies to Deflect or Decline Answering Questions
        A. Gain More Time to Decide How to Respond B. Decline to Answer the Question
        C. Deflect the Question to an Adult
        D. Explain That the Questions or Comment is Hurtful

        II. The Humorous Response - at Whose Expense?

        III.Questions Asked of Children
        A. General Adoption Questions
        B. Looking Different - Transracial Adoption Questions
        C. Older Child, Single Parent, Same-sex Couple and Grandparent Adoption Questions
        D.Handling Adoption Myths and Misconceptions

        IV. Questions Asked of Parents
        A. References to “Your Own Kids”, “Real Kids”,Etc.
        B. Questions About Birth Family History
        C. Questions Based on Misconceptions and Judgments

        V. Additional Considerations
        A. Transracial Adoptive Families
        B. Sibling Rivalry and Hurtful Adoption Remarks
        C. Teasing and Bullying
        D. Cyberbullying



    and

  • Adoption and School Assignments: A Guide for Parents and Educators


    • This pamphlet makes a useful guide to help foster and adoptive parents advocate for their children while offering specific information about school assignments to educators so they may become more sensitive to the needs and issues of foster and adoptive children. Read More



The Adoptive Parents Network is proud to be connected with another parent making a difference and sharing with the rest of us! We look forward to connecting and networking more with Christine Mitchell and others.

Alcohol and our unborn Children

...Thought I would post this since we are having an FASD Day at my home.

The Adoptive Parents Network website New Education Network

Things are really starting to get organized on the remodeled Adoptive Parents Network website. Some of the new sections are starting to be developed and the APN Resource Network Blog is becoming a part of the redesigned website!

The newest area to be developed has been the Education Network which is becoming the central point for anyone wanting to find information about education topics. In the Adoptive Parents Network Education Center the Articles, blogs, communities and forms are being connected.

Today this blog was added to the Education Center and so was our Free Link Share.

If you are visiting this blog from the Adoptive Parents Network please feel free to explore this part of the Network and read our blogs here for valuable resources you can find on the Internet and please feel free to Comment!