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Post-Adoption Support Services
Contact ACRF at 1-800-478-7307 for post-Adoption support,
information and training.
Now the Real Work Begins!
ACRF offers a place to call, contact, or visit to get information support and training that will help them in the hard job of parenting a child who was adopted.
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.
The Anchorage Guide to Programs and Supportive Services can help find therapeutic resources in the Anchorage area for adoptive families.
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.
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
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.
Adoption Competencies for Mental Health Professionals
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.