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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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
Alaska Transition Handbook Pathway to Adulthood & Employment Governor’s Council On Disabilities & Special Education
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
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.
Articles about Birth Parent and Adoptee Topics
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
Access to Adoption Records (Information about all States) Current through June 2015
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.