Adoption is a life-long process that permanently changes the lives of those involved, including birth parents, children, and adoptive parents. Post adoption services are made available to help strengthen and empower those touched by adoption.
Families formed through adoption may need support and services after the adoption has been made final to help them manage the unique issues that are a part of adoption. Adoption may affect families in many different ways and generally change over the course of time. Members of adoptive families may need information, support, and other services to help them be successful.
Post adoption services can help families with a wide variety of needs including guidance with how to explain adoption to a child, how to access resources to address previous losses, trauma, neglect and abuse, how to best support an adopted teen’s search for identity as well as self-care and support for parents.
Parents and families are encouraged to get connected and stay connected. When parents and families utilize available resources they are better equipped to manage times of challenge. The saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” often rings true for families formed through adoption. Being proactive and staying connected can be invaluable in the adoption experience.
Services and resources provided to adoptive families may include: