Post-Adoption Support Services


Contact ACRF at 1-866-478-7307 for post-Adoption support,

information and training.

 

 

ACRF SERVICES INCLUDE:

Toll Free Number and Regional Offices— Don’t know where to start? Start with us.  We have Adoption and Family Support Specialists on staff in all our regional offices. Call 1-866-478-7307 to get started.

Ongoing Classes—   From our course on Building Families through Adoption to information about talking to children about adoption to resources for choosing therapeutic and residential resources, we have classroom, web classes, teleconference training and self study materials of interest to families.

Lending Library— We have tons of resources about helping your family adjust to adoption, trans-racial adoption, talking to youth about adoption, parenting special needs children, parenting traumatized children, and more.

Support Groups—Call your regional office to determine what support groups are available in your community.

 

Building Your Support System

When you become an adoptive family, you may need to build up your support system even more.  Dave Thomas Foundation put together a booklet called  Strengthen Your Forever Family: A Step by Step Guide to Post Adoption to help families reconsider and build the supports around their families.

Finding and Using Post Adoption Services is another references of what might be helpful after adoption.

Maybe you want to start your own support group.  Where to begin?   Check out this guide called Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders.

Safety Planning Tool (Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center) Though produced in Oregon, lots of good information and a stope by step process to make a plan to help you in a crisis.

Alaska 211   What’s available in your part of the state?   This web-based and phone based services is your place to start to find out resources of interest to your family.

Impact of Adoption on Adoptive Parents  Child Welfare Information Gateway August 2015

 

Facebook Groups

There are lots of Facebook pages and groups that offer support to families.  Check out the two Alaska Facebook Pages that get you in contact with other adoptive parents.

Alaska Adoptive and Foster Moms is a closed group open to families in Alaska.

Interior Alaska Foster Care Families is a great resource for support from both foster and adoptive families in the Interior of Alaska, though they are open to families from around the state.

Southeast Alaska Foster Care Families  Another regional group focusing on supporting foster and adoptive families in the Southeast panhandle of Alaska.

 

ACRF Resources for Post Adoption Services

Planning Ahead for When the Adoption Subsidy Ends at 18 but the Needs Don't  10/10/17 (Training Teleconference)

Adoption Referral Webcast Series   Podcast Series on various Adoption Related Topics

The Anchorage Guide to Programs and Supportive Services can help find therapeutic resources in the Anchorage area for adoptive families.

Want to talk to an Adoption Support Specialist about specific resources or situations?  Call our toll free line at 1-866-478-7307 or email  adoptionsupport@nwresource.org

ACRF Webinar: The Legal Details of Finalization: What Families Need to Know Before and After Finalization of an Adoption  Presented by Stefan Otterson and Tiffany Brookwell of the Otterson Law Office.

 

Other Resources for Adoptive Families

 

Articles about Birth Parent and Adoptee Topics

Searching for Birth Relatives      En Espanol     Child Welfare Information Gateway, August 2015

Openness in Adoption Building Relationship Between Adoptive and Birth Families Child Welfare Information Gateway January 2013

Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child Child Welfare Information Gateway February 2012

Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons  En Espanol  Child Welfare Information Gateway November 2013

Access to Adoption Records  (Information about all States) Current through June 2015

11 Tips To Help You Talk to Your Kids About Adoption  From Adoption Mosaic

Children and Adoption: The School Age Years (6-11)  C.A.S.E. Fact Sheet Series

Parenting Your Adopted Teenager  August 2015  CHild Welfare Information Network

Parenting Your Adopted School-Age Child  January 2015  CHild Welfare Information Network

National Resources

AdoptUSKids- Post Adoption Resources  Find information on the Adoption Tax Credit,  Adoption Subsidies.  and Respite Care on the AdoptUSKids web page.

The North American Council on Adoptable Children has great information on the Adoption Tax Credit. It is a one time tax credit given to families adopting children with special needs (most adoptions from foster care qualify) but the qualifications and benefits varies from year to year.

CASE  Adoption Supports (Center for Adoption Support and Eduction) Provides information, publications and webinars with an adoption focus.

Adoption Learning Partners  Lots of webinars and information to help families on the adoption journey.

National Council for Adoption  publishes the Adoption Advocate which has a more clinical look at adoption issues but still an interesting resource on pre- and post- adoption issues. It also lists resources and hosts webinars on a variety of topics.

Adoptive Families  is a community and resource place for families who have adopted.

Residential Treatment

Residential Care for Children and Youth in Alaska— List of facilities    State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health

Residential Programs for Struggling Adolescents  Self Study Course written by ACRF

Sending Your Child to An RTF Placement: 9 Questions to Ask  Article By Tamara Hill

Selecting a Residential Treatment Center for Your Child  Article by Peg Nichols, CHADD

Guardianship and Conservatorship of Adults

Alaska Transition Handbook Pathway to Adulthood & Employment   Governor’s Council On Disabilities & Special Education

Guardianship and Conservatorship in Alaska  KTOO Public Media Production Video giving a general overview of the role and resposibilities for guardians and conservators of adults.

ASAGA Training Videos on Guardianship and Advocacy  A wealth of information and support for families seeking or maintaining guardianship over vulnerable adults.  Check out their training series on their Educational Resource Page including a good over view called  Introduction to Adult Guardianship   and  The Basics of Petitioning.

 

 

Adoption and Mental Health

 

Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma   Guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Selecting and Working with a Therapist Skilled in Adoption  Child Welfare Information Gateway Article

A Need to Know: Enchancing Adoption Competence among Mental Health Professionals  Good article on what adoption competency means and how to enhance capacity amongst mental health providers to work with families.

C.A.S.E.  (Center for Adoption Support and Education) Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) is a post-Master’s curriculum designed by C.A.S.E. with the assistance of a National Advisory Board of adoption experts. 

Adoption Competency Curriculum  Developed by the National Resource Center for Adoption and focuses on the core issues of adoption.

Adoption Competency in Clinical Social Work  Social Work Today, December 2013.   A good overview of what is considered to be “adoption competent” when working with families.  

Adoption and Foster Family Therapy Post Graduate Certificate Program  A series of advanced, evidence-based courses on specialized theories and practices for treating adopted and foster children and their families. Relevant for those mental health professionals working with children and families impacted by adoption, foster care, and relative care, and by child abuse, trauma, and neglect.

 

 

 

 



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