Adoptive families may access postadoption services and supports in their State or jurisdiction. Adoptive parents who need services should first check with their adoption placement agency to see what services are available. However, the value of talking with other adoptive parents who have had similar experiences cannot be overstated. In this section, find information and examples of postadoption services, including a searchable, nationwide directory to find support groups and services close to home. Resources also include State and local examples.
Eastern European Adoption Coalition
Offers several factsheets addressing various topics for parents of children adopted internationally, including medical insurance, claiming, and applying for a Social Security number.
Support for Parents Who Adopt From Foster Care
Outlines the financial assistance, postadoption services, and emotional support available to newly adoptive parents.
Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families: Profiles of Publicly Funded Post-Adoption Services (PDF - 2,540 KB)
The Donaldson Adoption Institute
Provides an overview of each of the 50 States’ public postadoption preservation services.
Adoptive Families Together
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Offers an online discussion group, a newsletter, a calendar of events, and other useful publications. This network of adoptive parents is based in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
The Center for Adoption Support and Education
Provides postadoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC.
Provides mental health counseling and support groups for California adoptive families and birth parents as well as information on adoption mental health clinics. The center aims to build a long-term support network for families to address postadoption issues as they arise.