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- adoption.com: comprehensive information on adopting a child, putting your child up for adoption and international adoptions.
- Faces of Adoption: Americas Waiting Children: This exciting service of the National Adoption Center (NAC) and Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) brings children "online" through photographs and descriptions and offers a wealth of information on AdoptionQuest that will help you learn more about adoption.
- National Adoption Information Clearinghouse: a comprehensive resource on all aspects of adoption, including infant, intercountry, and special needs adoption.
- Alternative Medicine
- Alternative Heatlh News Online: Welcome to what we hope are the most-helpful alternative, complementary and preventive health-news pages on the Internet. We wish to provide you with news and information that will keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings in this rapidly growing field.
- American Holistic Medical Association: The mission of the AHMA is to support practitioners in their evolving personal and professional development as healers and to educate physicians about holistic medicine .
- Health World Online Alternative Medicine Center: news, resources, online discussion forums, info on different systems of alternative medicines and their therapies.
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: (NCCAM) conducts and supports basic and applied research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public.
- Children's Cancer Web: A Guide to Internet Resources for Childhood Cancer, providing an index of some of the key cancer-related sites and pages from around the world.
- Child Care
- Child Safety
- American Association of Poison Control Centers: Information regarding poison prevention and education and how to find your local poison control center.
- Child Passenger Safety: from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including 14 child transportation safety tips, detailed instructions on how to install a car seat, a list of recalled car seats and how to get replacement parts or instructions for your car seat.
- New! Kid Central Station: Kid Central Station provides a free nationwide emergency notification service for children that does not compromise their identity.
- The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC): works to reduce morbidity, disability, mortality, and costs associated with injuries.
- The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI): world's largest resource for current information and materials concerning substance abuse.
- Safe Kids: The National SAFE KIDS Campaign's mission is to prevent the number one killer of children unintentional injury. By working at a national level through grassroots Coalitions we educate adults and children, provide safety devices to families in need, and pass and strengthen laws to empower families and communities to protect children ages 14 and under.
- Safety City: from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a page for kids using Vince and Larry, the NHTSA'a crash test dummies, to teach kids about safety.
- Talking With Kids About Tough Issues: a national initiative by Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation to encourage parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Saving Lives and Keeping Families Safe and helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products, with press releases and product recalls.
- U.S. EPA Office of Children's Health Protection: Our mission is to make the protection of children's health a fundamental goal of public health and environmental protection in the United States. We support and facilitate EPA's efforts to protect children's health from environmental threats.
- ACNE Net: web site that provides visitors with information about the causes, prevention and treatment of acne.
- American Academy of Dermatology: patient information section of the AAD, with links to foundations and patient support groups, news updates related to dermatologic conditions, patien education, and skin cancer updates.
- Dermatology Patient Support Groups: a list of patient support and advocacy groups for people with skin disorders.
- National Psoriasis Foundation: membership organization comprised of people who have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, united in order to improve the quality of life for people who have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, to educate the public about psoriasis and to support psoriasis research.
- Skin Cancer Zone: your source for information on melanoma and its treatment.
- National Vitiligo Foundation: clearinghouse for information about vitiligo, for both people with vitiligo and the general public.
- American Diabetes Association: Everything you need to know, from nutrition to exercise to who's at risk for diabetes, can be found here in our Diabetes Information Section.
- Children with Diabetes: The on-line community for kids, families and adults with diabetes.
- Juvenile Diabetes Foundation: JDF's main objective is to support and fund research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.
- Drug InfoNet: your one-stop WWW site for all your healthcare informational needs. We provide both information and links to areas on the web concerning healthcare and pharmaceutical-related topics. This free service is brought to you to improve your education as consumers and healthcare professionals.
- kidsmeds.com: providing pediatric drug information to parents
- ABCs of Safe and Healthy Childcare: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has written this handbook to help you, the child care provider, reduce sickness, injury, and other health problems in your child care facility. The information in this handbook applies to any child care provider in any setting, whether you take care of children in a center or in your own home.
- Earlychildhood.com: is a valuable resource for parents, educators and child care providers. Discover great new craft ideas, articles, related links, tips, message boards, an online store and more.
- FamilyEducation Network has at its core one of the most valuable missions in society: the success of our next generation. We use technology -- specifically the Internet -- to bring together a caring community of parents, teachers, school administrators, and professionals whose expertise involves children. We've forged public/private partnerships that bring a uniquely powerful mix of resources to our audience. With this community, we form a supportive, helpful network of people dedicated to children's learning in school and in life.
- NAEYC Online: The National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC provides resources and information for parents who want to ensure their children receive the best possible care and education.
- National Parenting Information Network: provides access to research-based information about the process of parenting, and about family involvement in education. We believe that well-informed families are likely to make good decisions about raising and educating their children.
- US Dept of ED Homepage: Our mission, as a Department, is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans. This award-winning web site is part of our effort to pursue that mission and help America reach the National Education Goals. It offers a range and an ever-growing collection of information about the Department.
- Benny Goodsport: On line since fall, 1996, Benny Goodsport is a pioneer in offering kids fitness on the internet.
- National Strength & Conditioning Association: The NSCA, as a non-profit, worldwide authority on strength and conditioning for improved physical and athletic performance, creates and disseminates related knowledge and enhances the careers of its members.
- Project WATCH: "TMA's heart disease and stroke prevention education program for 1999-2002. WATCH is an acronym for Weight, Activity, Tobacco, Cholesterol, and High blood pressure -- the five preventable risk factors for heart disease and stroke."
- Food Safety
- Down Syndrome on the Internet: a guide to Internet resources for children with Down Syndrome and their parents. Includes links to National Organizations, Internet magazines and other resources.
- GeneClinics: is a medical knowledge base relating genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of individuals and families with specific inherited disorders.
- GeneTests: promotes the appropriate use of genetic counseling and genetic testing in patient care. GeneTests provides reliable, easy-to-use and current genetic counseling and testing information for the benefit of families and their healthcare providers.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man: This database is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. The database contains textual information, pictures, and reference information.
- Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases: "PKIDs' mission is to educate the public about infectious diseases, the methods of prevention and transmission, the latest advances in medicine, and the elimination of social stigma borne by the infected; and to assist the families of the children living with hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, or other chronic, viral infectious diseases with emotional, financial and informational support."
- Immunization Action Coalition: the premier source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information and hepatitis B educational materials. And it's all free.
- CDC Travel Information: detailed information on travel health recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, including a graphical travel map with immunization requirements for travel to different parts of the world.
- Every Child by Two: web site with mission to protect all children from vaccine preventable diseases by raising parental awareness of the critical need for timely infant immunizations, fostering the establishment of a systematic method to locate and immunize children, and providing convenient access to immunization services into the future.
- National Immunization Program: home page of the CDC NIP. Communicates the risks and benefits of vaccines and discusses what would happen if we stopped immunizing our children.
- The Vaccine Page: provides access to up-to-the-minute news about vaccines and an annotated database of vaccine resources on the Internet.
- Vaccine Safety Fact Sheets: The following factsheets have been written to help people understand the facts about immunity, vaccines, and the diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.
- VAERS: The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is a Cooperative Program for Vaccine Safety of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program, collecting information about adverse events (side effects) that occur after the administration of US licensed vaccines. Reports are welcome from all concerned individuals: patients, parents, health care providers, pharmacists, and vaccine manufacturers.
- World Health Organization: information on communicable and infectious diseases, tropical illnesses and vaccine preventable diseases.
- Internet Safety
- SafeKids: guidelines and rules to keep your children safe when they are online
- SafeTeens: guidelines and rules to keep your teens safe when they are online
- KidSafe: Apple Computer's system for keeping your children safe on thte internet.
- Lead Poisoning
- CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program: includes the CDC fact sheet 'What Every Parent Should Know About Lead Poisoning in Children,' screening guidelines and databases of housing and census data to see if you live in an area that puts your children at high risk of lead poisoning.
- CDC Database Query: enter your state, county and/or zip code to see if you live in an area that puts your children at high risk of lead poisoning.
- US Enviornmental Protection Agency Lead Programs: These pages are designed to give you access to information on all aspects of the Federal lead poisoning prevention program, with a special focus on the efforts within EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT).
- Mental Health
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: includes a Facts for Families section, that provides concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.
- American Association of Suicidology: a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. Includes a 'Things You Should Know About Suicide' page.
- Befrienders International: In addition to co-ordinating and developing the work of its member centers around the world, Befrienders International supports and advises new and existing centers and makes its expertise and experience available to other agencies. It also runs programs to pioneer new approaches to suicide prevention.
- Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation: great site for parents of children who are bipolar. Includes a drug database to educate users about medicines used to treat bipolar, a learning center with journal articles, and a community center with message boards where parents can talk to each other and ask the experts questions.
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: CHADD the national non-profit organization representing children and adults with AD/HD. CHADD works to improve the lives of people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder througheducation, advocacy and support. Working closely with leaders in the field of AD/HD research, diagnosis and treatment, CHADD offers its members and the public information they can trust.
- Learning Disabilities Association of America: a national, non-profit organization, whose purpose is to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults of normal or potentially normal intelligence who manifest disabilities of a perceptual, conceptual, or coordinative nature.
- Suicide Awareness - Voices of Education: The mission of SA\VE is to educate about suicide prevention and to speak for suicide survivors.
- National Neurofibromatosis Foundation: homepage of the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation with educational materials for people with NF.
- Tourette Syndrome Association: The TSA is the only national organization dedicated to providing up-to-date, accurate information about Tourette Syndrome. For the most comprehensive and medically reviewed published material on this disorder, we invite you to explore this website!
- Breastfeeding.com: The #1 site for breastfeeding information, support and attitude.
- Kids Eat Great: How to get kids to eat great and love it, with healthy eating habits for children of all ages, a nutrition newsletter, and tips for eating a healthy diet for kids and parents.
- Nutrition in the Fast Lane: the Fast-Food Dining Guide that everyone can use. It lists current nutritional information and diabetic exchange values for nearly 1,800 menu items from 41 popular fast-food restaurants. It's positive, informative and enlightening.
- USDA for kids: educational material for children from the US Dept. of Agriculture, including food pyramids.
- Parenting Advice
- pediatrics.about.com: About.com section on 'Pediatrics,' with lots of information and links, chat rooms and discussion forums.
- Bright Futures: a practical developmental approach to providing health supervision for children of all ages from birth through adolescence.
- Call Your Pediatrician: Guidelines to help you treat common pediatric medical problems at home and how to know when a problem is serious enough to call your Pediatrician.
- Christian Parent: Christian parenting tips, organizing help, activities for kids, message forums and more.
- Family.com: an online parenting resource that offers more than twenty thousand pages of great family information and fun, plus a supportive community of parents and children.
- familycorner.com magazine - Parents are always searching for good solid advice when it comes to their family and home life. Everything from teething, fitness, teenagers, home decorating and harvesting your herb garden. Visit our special holiday sections!
- The Informed Parent: The Weekly Internet Magazine of the 21st Century Voice of the Pediatric Medical Center.Read in over 75 countries.
- ParentToParent: a weekly article written by nationally syndicated columnist, author, and parent educator - Jodie Lynn. Articles include info about subjects such as SIDS, Potty Training, Afraid of the Dark and others. Read the current article online!
- The Whole Child: homepage of this great PBS TV series, with sections on the 'ABCs of Child Development' and info for parents and child care providers.
- pediatrics.about.com: About.com section on 'Pediatrics,' with lots of information and links, chat rooms and discussion forums.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: this is the web site for the AAP
- Child Health Guide - Put Prevention into Practice: This Guide briefly explains preventive care for childrensuch as checkup visits, immunizations, and tests and examsand provides guidance on related issues. Easy-to-use records help you keep track of preventive care for each child and know when shots and other services are needed.
- GeneralPediatrics.com: provides a starting point for entry into General Pediatrics places of enlightenment and education on the Internet for patients and their families.
- KidsHealth.org: has trainloads of information on infections, behavior & emotions, food & fitness, and growing up healthy, as well as cool games and animations!
- KidsHealth at the AMA: American Medical Association web page for children's health issues.
- MEDLINEplus: a gold mine of up-to-date, quality health care information from the world's largest medical library, the Nationa Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. MEDLINEplus is for anyone with a medical question. Both health professionals and consumers can depend on it for accurate, current, medical information.
- ParenthoodWeb: general pediatrics web site.
- Babies Online: Create a web page for your new baby, complete with pictures, instantly and for free! Tons of other great (and free!) stuff for new and expectant parents too.
- babyparenting.about.com: About.com section on 'Parenting: Babies & Toddlers,' with lots of information, chat rooms and discussion forums.
- Baby Place: the starting point for parents for information on pregnancy, birth, and babies.
- CapeCodBaby.com: info for pregnant moms and their new baby, including an 'It Worked For Me' section with tips from other parents.
- Diary of a pregnancy: weekly jounal entries of a mom to be.
- ePregnancy: From before conception to after birth, ePregnancy provides you with articles, interactive features, forums and other ideas and resources to keep you informed and inspired
- FitFor2: "Your Primary Source on Pregnancy & Exercise," with pre-natal and post-natal exercise information.
- The Labour of Love: a pregnancy and parenting support center, with a search engine with 2500 links, birth announcements and pregnancy journals.
- MidwifeInfo.com - A site with resources to midwives, students and consumers. Includes a glossary, database of midwives, conference information and a discussion forum.
- My BabyCrazy Friends: We give each other support, courage, and advice when needed. We enjoy being a part of each others lives. While we all venture forth to becoming mothers for the first time or moms again, we will be here for one another.
- SanDiegoMom.com: pregnancy and parenting resource for SanDiego moms, with message boards, chat room and other info.
- StorkNet: your pregancy and parenting web station.
- Rare Diseases
- National Organization of Rare Diseases: The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.
- Office of Rare Diseases: the website of the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD). Here you can find information on more than 6000 rare diseases, including current research, publications from scientific and medical journals, completed research, ongoing studies, and patient support groups.
- Special Needs
- Internet Resources for Special Children: a non-profit web site, which has been providing parents, educators, medical professionals, and caregivers with information regarding children with disABILITIES.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation: grants wishes to children under age 18 with life threatening diseases.
- StarLight Children's Foundation: By granting wishes and providing state-of-the-art audiovisual entertainment, over 55,000 children now benefit from the Foundation's services each month. Worldwide services are provided for seriously, chronically and terminally ill children, aged 4 through 18 years.
- West Viginia Office of Social Services: info on child care and children's services (adoption, abuse, early intervention, foster care and youth services.
- Television & Video Game Ratings
- Entertainment Software Ratings Board: The ESRB is an independent board that has, with the support of the industry, developed a standardized rating system for interactive entertainment software products. The ESRB ratings are designed to give consumers information about the content of an interactive video or computer entertainment title and for which ages it's appropriate. Includes a guide to ratings and content descriptors.
- TV Parental Guidelines: Welcome to our site on the World Wide Web for parents interested in television for their children!
- V-Chip Education Project: This information is designed to help parents understand how the TV ratings and the V-Chip work. It explains what each rating means, how to use the V-Chip, and who to contact if you have other questions. Once you know how the ratings and the V-Chip work, you can decide if these new tools can work for you and your family.
- Health4Teens: provides health information (especially for teenagers) on the following topics: drinking, eating disorders, sex, smoking, STDs and stress.
- Family.com:Travel: information, secrets, deals, checklists and tips to make traveling with your children successful.
- Family Travel Forum: The Family Travel Forum (FTF), whose motto is "Have Kids, Still Travel!", is dedicated to the ideals, promotion and support of travel with children.
- Travel With Kids: This site focuses on the how and where of travel with children. With features and links to the best on the Web, building a resource of collective wisdom, from your own tips and travelers' tales.
- Usenet newsgroups
- misc.kids, the newsgroup for parents, soon-to-be parents, and other
people interested in children. In this group, we discuss issues relevant to pregnancy and child rearing, solicit advice from other netters on a host of parenting concerns, and generally seek and provide support and encouragement with respect to raising kids. This is a group intended for parents of children of *all* ages, including teenagers and adult children.
- misc.kids.breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Issues.
- misc.kids.info: includes posts of frequently asked questions files that have relevance to parenting, children, pregnancy, etc. (Moderated).
- misc.kids.moderated: Parenting questions, ideas, and experiences (Moderated).
- misc.kids.pregnancy: Pre pregnancy planning, pregnancy, childbirth.
- Web Directories
- ABC's of Parenting: a comprehensive directoy of web sites of interest to parents.
- healthfinder.gov: a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. healthfinder® can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.
- Medinex.com: The goal of Medinex.com is to provide the safest health search for medical information available on the Internet. By partnering with disease specific organizations, who are the experts in their field, Medinex.com becomes the safe medical portal for hospitals, physicians and their patients.
- Pediatric Points of Interest: a searchable collection of links to resources in Pediatrics and Child Health.
- Women specific sites
- Cybergrrl.com: the community and guide for women online offering free email, chat, forums, postcards, articles on current topics, technology information, Internet links and entertainment.
- Femina: web sites for, by and about women.
- SheKnows.com: information and resources for and by women on the web
- Women.com: the smart network for women's content and community, includes Women's Wire, Beatrice's Web Guide, Prevention's Healthy Ideas, Stork Site, and MoneyMode, plus community message boards and chat where our visitors take center stage.
- womenCONNECT.com: a community for women professionals and business owners, includes daily women's business, career, personal finance, politics and health news and dialogue.
- Answer Sleuth: links to other web pages on lots of different topics