Post Adoption Support Services

Building Hope for Adoptive Families

Center for Child and Family Health

 

Individual Support for Families

Whether you need answers to questions, referrals to resources in your community, or expert advice on your child’s behaviors, call the Post Adoption Support Services Line: 855-596-5015 and leave a message. One of our clinicians will return your call within the next business day.

Parent Workshop

Many children who no longer live with their biological parent have experienced trauma, such as separation/loss and abuse or neglect. Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma workshop is an 8-week group for parents on how exposure to trauma can impact a child’s development and how certain tools and strategies can help your child heal. The group is led by clinicians and individuals with real life experience as adoptive parents as well as individuals who were in foster care/adopted.

          Week 1: Welcome and Introductions

          Week 2: Trauma 101

          Week 3: Understanding Trauma's Effects

          Week 4: Building a Safe Place

          Week 5: Dealing with Feelings and Behaviors

          Week 6: Connections and Healing

          Week 7: Becoming an Advocate

          Week 8: Self-Care

Understanding how trauma affects children can help you make sense of your child’s sometimes baffling behavior, feelings, and attitudes. Once you understand why your child behaves the way he or she does, you’ll feel better prepared to help him or her cope with the effects of trauma.

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma was developed by National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). For more information about the Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma workshop, click here to visit their website.

Family Workshop

Our team has designed a 9-week curriculum for adopted children (ages 8-13) to accompany the Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma workshop. Through this interactive workshop, participants will connect with other adopted children and their families, learn skills and tools to cope with strong feelings related to their adoption story, and ultimately bring adoption out of the shadows. This group is led by clinicians and individuals with real life experience who were in foster care/adopted.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

Week 1: Welcome and Introductions

Week 2: Identity

Week 3: Feelings

Week 4: Safety

Week 5: Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

Week 6: Communication and Grief/Loss

Week 7: Advocacy

Week 8: Self-Care and Review

Week 9: Bringing Families Together

Assessment

Our team offers assessments for families concerned about their child’s behavior.  Our assessment process helps families to determine what types of services your child may need and ensure that your child gets connected to the right services.

Social Events

We provide opportunities for you and your child(ren) to meet other adoptive families.  These events include fun family activities, conferences, and social support groups.  If interested, check our Current Events page or contact us for upcoming events.