Children who are adopted from foster care often have had difficult starts in life. As a result, they may need help with behavioral, emotional, or developmental issues. Adoptive parents can access post-adoption resources to help their child thrive, such as family and child counseling, parent support groups, specialized educational support, respite child care, and grief and loss counseling. Ask your adoption agency if it provides financial assistance for post-adoption needs.
WHAT’S NEXT: FINDING POST-ADOPTION RESOURCES
- Ask your adoption agency for recommendations
- Search national and regional post-adoption provider listings on the Internet
- Ask adoptive parents or local adoption support groups for referrals
- Find out if your employer provides resources
Here are some post-adoption resources provided by the Dave Thomas Foundation:
CHOOSING A PROVIDER
Find a professional who understands the needs of adopted children and their families. Does he or she have experience with foster and adoptive families? Has he or she received adoption-related training? Can you receive a reference from one or two families he or she has worked with previously?
Most importantly, once you’ve successfully completed the adoption process, you’re not all on your own. Become familiar and stay in touch with the following agencies and resources that can help you along the way.
ARCH National Respite Network
Center for Adoption Support and Education
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
North American Council on Adoptable Children
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Child Welfare Information Gateway