Support Matters: Lessons from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families is an in-depth resource guide about support services for state, tribal, and territorial child welfare administrators and staff of family support organizations. The guide covers the importance of providing support services to adoptive, foster, and kinship care families; tools and guidance for assessing the needs of adoptive, foster, and kinship care families; profiles of programs offering support services and descriptions of evidence-based or evidence-informed therapeutic services and techniques; and information from the field about forming public/private partnerships, accessing funding, assessing a program’s ability to engage families, and evaluating how services make a difference in the lives of children and families.
Advocates who are seeking to improve or sustain post-adoption services in their communities should download NACAC's toolkit—Advocating for Post-Adoption Services: Tools to Promote Parent-Led and Child-Driven Services.
Advocates will also benefit from NACAC's Adoption Advocacy Toolbox—a whole section of our site devoted to providing advocates with the information they need.
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tax credit for adoptive families.
Post-placement support is critical to achieving the goal of finding permanent, stable, loving families for children, as well as maintaining those families who have already adopted. Parents need information that will strengthen their families, and enable them to handle the challenges of adoptive parenting.
Unfortunately, these challenges are all too common. Children adopted from the foster care systemas well as many children adopted privately or internationallyface a daunting variety of physical and emotional special needs: depression and anxiety, mental illness, sexual acting out, fetal alcohol syndrome or effect, attention deficit disorder, central auditory processing disorder, emotional disabilities, attachment disorder, learning disabilities, mental retardation, orthopedic impairments, speech and language impairments, AIDS or HIV, and other severe physical disabilities.
In this section, you will find information on:
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You can also download NACAC's publication Developing a Parent-to-Parent Support Network, which provides information about creating your own peer support network for post-adoption services.
Visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway to learn more about post-adoption services provided in your state.