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The Basics of Adoption Practice
Series: Bulletins for Professionals|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2006|
11. Postadoption Services
Even after finalization, the need for services is a normal part of adoptive family development and is not necessarily an indicator of family dysfunction. Postadoption services can help all members of the adoption triad (birth parents, adoptive parents, and child) deal with normal developmental stages of adoptive family life, long-term adoption issues, openness mediation, searches for background information, or reunions. A safety net of supportive postadoption services preserves permanency, provides reassurance to prospective adoptive parents, and serves to bring in more adoptive families for children.
For an overview of postadoption services, see the Information Gateway factsheet Providing Postadoption Services.
For an overview of financial assistance that may help families pay for postadoption services, see the Information Gateway factsheet Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted From Foster Care.
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