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.
Intervention and Program Catalog
Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) (2019)
Identifies evidence-based practices and programs related to the pre- and postpermanency needs of children in foster care. See also Introduction to the QIC-AG Permanency Continuum Framework (PDF - 210 KB).
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
The Donaldson Adoption Institute
View Abstract and Document
Provides an overview of each of the 50 States’ public postadoption preservation services.
Support Matters: Lessons From the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families (PDF - 1,420 KB)
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids (2015)
Discusses details on specific program models, including services for older youth, parents, and families, as well as tips for implementing and sustaining support 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.
Nebraska Right Turn Program
Right Turn (2019)
Provides adoptive and guardianship parents with the resources and connections necessary to access high-quality, family-centered support throughout the adoption process.
Post-Adoption and Guardianship Services (PDF - 1,279 KB)
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (2019)
Offers a range of supports to families to ensure a smooth transition during the adoption or guardianship process, including counseling services, ongoing training, supplemental assistance with health-care needs, and several other support services.
QIC-AG Partner Sites
Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (2019)
Generates evidence for the field about approaches proven to help families achieve and maintain permanence and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support.
Tennessee Adoption Support and Preservation
Adoption Support and Preservation and Guardianship Support and Preservation Programs (2019)
Facilitates evidence-based, trauma-informed therapeutic and educational services designed to support and promote a family’s success at every stage of the adoption and guardianship process.