Where to go for support with U.S. foster care adoptions

book"Regularly scheduled visits from the social worker usually cease after adoption, but your family's need for emotional, psychological and medical support may well continue. Consider the following sources when adopting after foster care:

Postadoption services--Does your agency provide follow-up assistance? Ask your social worker.

Support groups--Are there groups in your area for adoptive parents or organized around the particular special need that your child has? Research your community.

Counselors or therapists--Do any counselors in your area have expertise in older child or special needs adoption? Do they accept Medicaid?

Other foster parent adopters--How do other foster parents who have adopted through your agency feel about the support they have received? Talk to them.

Family and friends--Consult your immediate and extended family members, and other important people in your life. Do they support your decision to adopt? Will they stand behind you unflaggingly if problems arise in this adoption that are not solvable overnight? If they do not, how will you handle it?

Source: National Adoption Information Clearinghouse

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