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For your convenience, we've compiled a range of older child adoption resources. 

>Return to Project Wait No Longer-Older Child Adoption from Foster Care section.


Adult Books
Kids Books
Volunteer Opportunities

Adoption Therapists and Psychiatrists

Adult Books

  • Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, Debbie Riley and John Meeks, Silver Spring, MD: The Center for Adoption Support and Education
  • Brothers and Sisters in Adoption: Helping Children Navigate Relationships When New Kids Join the Family, Arleta James, Indianapolia, Indiana:Perspectives Press, Inc.
  • Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust & Love, Michael Orlans and Terry M. Levy, Washington, DC: CWLA Press
  • Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child, Trish Maskew, Longmont, Co: Snowcap Press.
  • Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow, Gregory C.  Keck and Regina M.  Kupecky, Colorado Spring, Colorado: Pinion Press.
  • Parenting Your Adopted Older Child: How to Overcome the Unique Challenges and Raise a Happy and Healthy Child, Brenda McCreight, New Harbinger Publications
  • Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child, Jayne E. Schooler and Betsy Keefer
  • The Promise: The Story of an Adoptive Mother and a Support Worker, Christen Shepherd and Lisa Highfield
  • The Sexualized Child in Foster Care, Sally G. Hoyle, Washington, DC: CWLA Press

  • Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter 

Kids Books

  • A Forever Family, Roslyn Banish and Jennifer Jordan-Wong, USA: HarperCollns Publishers
  • A Plan for Tyrone, Tamara Evanson, American Humane
  • A Terrible Thing Happened, Margaret M. Holmes, Washington, DC: Magination Press
  • Kids Need to Be Safe, Julie Nelson, Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing Inc.
  • The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care, Cynthia Miller Lovell

  • When I Feel Angry, Cornelia M. Spelman, Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company

Volunteer Opportunities

Washington, DC


  • Aunt Hattie’s Place

Baltimore, Maryland
Group home for boys aged 15-19
Contact: Eric Fenwick, Executive Program Director or 410-367-2472
Opportunities: Tutor, Recreational Assistant, Mentor, Cooking Instructor, Athletic Trainer, Art or Music Instructor

  • DHR – Maryland Mentoring Program

Anne Arundel County program matching volunteers with children in the local welfare system
80 West Street Annapolis, MD 21401
Contact: or at 410-269-4461
Volunteer Mentors are matched with at-risk youth in the Child Welfare Program. Mentors are trained to work one-on-one and in-group settings with children in a structured year-long relationship

  • The Children’s Home

Residential center with long term and short term programs serving children ages 13-21
205 Bloomsbury Ave. Catonsville, MD 21228
Contact: Theresa Johnson at  or 410-744-7310
Volunteer Caregivers work directly with the children in such roles as mentors, tutors, or coaches. Volunteer Homekeepers help with projects and activities around the Home including maintenance projects, beautification projects, and special events.

  • The Children’s Guild

The guild serves children with trauma disorders, autism, and other disabilities
6802 McLean Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21234
Contact: Berit Killingstad, Development Coordinator, 410-553-0428 ext. 231 or
Volunteers can provide assistance with special events and assistance with remedial reading

  • Department of Juvenile Services – Maryland

Volunteer program working with youth that have been involved with Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
One Center Plaza, 120 West Fayette St. 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact: Melissa Alarcon, Community Services Coordinator at or 410-230-3417
Opportunities to volunteer time with residential and community-based youth leading activities like, music workshops, self-improvement seminars, financial workshops, worship services, , career development, computer training, and theatre and dance workshops.

Opportunities to mentor youth aged 9 to 19 who have had contact with DJS.


  • Jill’s House

Jill's House provides respite for children (ages 6-13) with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, DC area.
9011 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
Contact:  or 703-639-5660
Jill’s house has many different volunteer opportunities to work with special needs children, like pool aides, pet therapy aides, and spending time with the children indoors or on the playground.
Requires a year commitment  of serving two shifts a month

  • Alternative House

Abused and Homeless children’s refuge by offering a teen emergency shelter, homeless and young mother initiatives and a community based services
Dunn Loring, VA 22027
Contact: Christine Bartell, Volunteer Coordinator  at or 703-506-9191
Volunteer Openings for: Childcare Volunteer, Outreach Volunteer, Emergency Teen Shelter Volunteer, and Safe Youth Project Volunteer
These opportunities working directly with youth involve a formal application and interview process, a background check, a 6- to 12-month commitment, a regular schedule, and, substantial training.

  • Joy Ranch

A Christian children’s home providing a residential program and safe haven for children in crisis.
813 Joy Ranch Road Woodlawn, VA 24381
Contact: or 276-236-5578
Opportunities Include: Teaching Skills or Hobbies to children in specific areas like arts and crafts, music, sports, or makeup, hair and dress. Groups of children also need short-term recreational classes in sports, music, arts and crafts, etc.  Help with on the job training such as cooking or working with animals. 
All volunteers are supervised by a staff member.

  • NVFS – Northern Virginia Family Service

Private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and brighter futures.
Contact: Navara Jordan, Volunteer Coordinator at 571-748-2536
Multiple volunteer opportunities with children available in the northern Virginia area with their various programs. Online volunteer orientation required and online database search for opportunities available.

  • Alice C. Tyler Village

Residential treatment center for children run by Childhelp
23164 Dragoon Rd. Lignum, VA 22726
Contact: 540-399-1926
Opportunities to: tutor, transport children to appointments, run educational, recreational and other activities for children, or interact with children on the grounds. 

  • Childhelp Children’s Center of VA (Fairfax)

Local chapter of the national organization aimed at the prevention and treatment of child abuse

Opportunities: Work one-on-one with an at-risk youth for a period of one year. Help the Volunteer Program staff with its various duties, including planning events.  Visit participating schools and spend time reading with children.  Recruit and train volunteers to work with children in the "Kids in Court," helping children prepare for a very difficult experience.

Washington, D.C.

  • Best Kids, Inc.

515 M Street SE #215, Washington, DC 20003
BEST Kids is a nonprofit  seeking to support children in D.C.’s child welfare system by developing and supporting one-on-one mentoring relationships with caring consistent adults
Contact: Cedric Loiseau, Mentor Recruiter at or at 202-397-3272
Mentors are matched with children in the D.C. welfare system for a minimum commitment of one year and 10 hours a month.

  • Childhelp – D.C. Chapter

Local chapter of the national organization aimed at the prevention and treatment of child abuse
Contact: Hugh Nystrom at or 865-637-1753
Playroom Volunteer: The Playroom Volunteer provides supervision and comfort to abused children in the playroom while they are receiving various services at the advocacy center.
Volunteer Mentor: Volunteer Mentors provide a positive influence in the lives of children who are at-risk. By providing companionship, emotional support and guidance, the mentor will help the child develop appropriate coping skills, enhance his or her self-esteem and teach the child how to develop healthy relationships. The mentor will also help with school work and encourage the child to complete school and set goals that may have once seemed impossible to obtain.

  • Fairfax Families4Kids

The Volunteer and Partner Services Program supports families with children who are at risk of abuse, neglect or placed in foster care or with relatives
Contact: Krissa Sloane at 703-324-7751
Mentoring Program matches adults with children ages 5-12 to be a mentor a minimum of eight hours a month for one year. The mentors and mentees spend time together in the community and in monthly small group activities.

  • DC-FYI

The D.C. Family and Youth Initiative is focused exclusively on helping teens in foster care make lifelong connections with caring adults
515 M Street, SE; Suite 217, Washington, DC 20003
Contact: 202-863-0975

Opportunities include becoming a mentor for a teen, committing to a two year one on one mentoring relationship, and becoming a host parent. Host families provide a loving family environment for their teen on the weekends. The teen is incorporated into the normal family routine and the host family also serves as an adoption advocate for the teen, helping to spread the word in their community about older child adoption.

Adoption Therapists and Psychiatrists

Washington, D.C.


Louise A. Fleischman, LCSW-C
Anchor Counseling & Training LLC
10709 Birmingham Way Woodstock Maryland 21163

Ellen Livingston, LCSW-C LICSW
7303 Hanover Parkway
Suite C Greenbelt Maryland 20070

Amy Grier, LCSW
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 902 Silver Spring Maryland 20910

Cathy Wackford, MSW, LCSW-C,
7050 Oakland Mills Road Suite 140 Columbia Maryland 21046


Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education
8626 Lee Highway, Ste. 200 Fairfax Virginia 22031

Cynthia Lowenthal, LCSW, MSW, BCD
11363 Sunset Hills Road Reston VA 20190

Doris Snow
1810 Michael Faraday Dr Ste 200 Reston VA 20190

Joanna Spiro
109 Park Washington Court Falls Church Virginia 22046

Washington, D.C.

Mary Fitzgerald, LICSW         
4501 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite #21, Washington DC 20008    

Maribeth Hager  
5402 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 102, Washington, D.C. 20015        

Family Matters
1509 16th Street, NW Washington D.C. 20036