Public and private child welfare agencies vary considerably in what they can offer in postadoption programs and services. In this section find information on some service models including Statewide adoption resource centers and adoption preservation programs, public and private adoption agency-affiliated postadoption programs, and private (nonagency-affiliated) postadoption organizations.
- Statewide adoption resource centers and adoption preservation programs
- Public and private adoption agency-affiliated postadoption programs
- Private (nonagency-affiliated) postadoption organizations
Some States provide postadoption services statewide. Other States obtain services from regional providers. In this section you can find information on statewide postadoption services within the Adoption Assistance by State database.
What types of postadoption services are available in your State, and how do you find out more about them?
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) & Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides information on postadoption services in each State and territory based on feedback given to a survey by AAICAMA.
Some public agencies provide postadoption services such as information and referral, support groups, or counseling. Many private adoption agencies have postadoption programs. Find postadoption programs available from public and licensed private agencies by searching the National Foster Care and Adoption Directory database. Also, learn how private agencies responded to a 2006 Child Welfare League of America survey about postadoption services.
National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Searchable State-by-State contact information for public and licensed private agencies throughout the United States. Agencies offering postadoption services are clustered to the right in the search results. Postadoption services include:
Adult adopted person support groups
Attachment parenting education
Birth parent and foster and adoptive parent support groups
Crisis intervention and family preservation
Family and individual child therapy/counseling
Foster parent support groups
Information and referrals
Kinship care support groups
Ongoing psychiatric care
Postadoption parent education and training
Search and reunion
Support groups for adopted children, parents and siblings
Survey Examines Postadoption Services Among Private Agencies
Child Welfare League of America (2006)
Presents findings from an April 2006, Internet survey of CWLA private agency members to determine how many use postadoption services to support families and children who have recently completed the adoption process. (PDF - 112 KB)
In this section you can find information about organizations that specialize in providing services to adoption triad members. While many of these same services are provided by adoption agencies, these providers do not facilitate adoptions, so they are not adoption 'agencies' in the traditional sense.
Provides educational resources and ongoing support to all those whose lives are influenced by adoption including an adoption blog, an adoption book, and movie reviews. Also offers pre- and postadoption support through adoption readiness trainings, transracial adoption workshops, adopted person and community movie nights in the Portland, Oregon area.
Center for Family Connections
Offers support to adoptive families, birth families, and adopted people, including therapy for individuals, couples, and families; supervised visits and visits for siblings being raised apart; support groups for adoptive families, birth families, and teens; and training in Massachusetts.
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.
Child Welfare Information Gateway encourages States and localities to submit information on their postadoption initiatives for inclusion in the Information Gateway library and website to share with their peers across the country. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.