Finding Support After Adoption

Needing help or support days or even years after your adoption has been finalized is completely normal. Individuals and families change with time and new challenges or questions may arise. This section provides an overview of the different forms of assistance and support available to adoptive families and how to find it.

Finding resources and support for your family

Parent & Family Education
Center for Adoption Support and Education
Provides postadoption counseling and educational services to families and professionals through its training, publications, and consultations.

Support for Parents who Adopt From Foster Care
Provides an overview of the services available to families after adoption.

Support for Families Seeking to Adopt or Parenting Adopted Children
Includes resources for adoptive parents such as links to books, therapy and counseling information, and other tools.

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Locating adoption support by state

Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted From Foster Care
Series Title Factsheets for Families
Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Year Published 2011
In every State there are children with special needs waiting in foster care for adoptive families. The most recent data estimate that 126,000 children are available to be adopted from foster care. In the past, the costs of care and services were major obstacles to parents who would otherwise adopt and love these children, and most were not placed for adoption. The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 provided the first Federal subsidies to encourage the adoption of children from the nation's foster care system. These subsidies, known as adoption assistance, serve to minimize the financial obstacles to adoption. In addition, other types of assistance often are available to help with medical care or other services. Adoption assistance serves to remove barriers and contribute to an increase in adoption of children with special needs. This factsheet discusses this assistance by reviewing: Federal Title IV-E adoption assistance, State adoption assistance, and how to arrange adoption assistance.
State Post Adoption Services and Programs
Series Title Related Organizations Lists
Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Year Published 2017
This resource listing Includes website links to postadoption information provided by State child welfare systems as well as State-funded and State-contracted organizations. Each entry includes a brief description of the organization.

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