Where Can I Find Resources for my Kiddos After Our Adoption Placement?

Adoption resources your family needs to flourish.

Sarah M. Baker May 07, 2016

Growing an adoptive family takes care. Sometimes we spend so much time learning during our journeys to adopt that sometimes it’s easy to forget that education shouldn’t stop at placement.

As adoptive parents, new things are discovered daily that we don’t understand or need more resources on.  Some kids require more nurturing and some require more patience.  So how do you go about finding resources for your adopted child?

Contact Your Adoption Professional
1. Contact Your Adoption Professional

If your adoption agency, lawyer, social worker, or advocate provides post-placement services, chances are they have seen it all. Even if they don’t formally offer post-placement help, they have likely come across your questions before and can point you in the right direction.

Local Support Groups
2. Local Support Groups

Whether you hear about it through your adoption professional, at church, or via a keyword search, you may find a great support group of other adoptive families that meets up locally and hosts events. This is a great way to gain new friends, share your experiences, and learn from one another.

Adoption Publications
3. Adoption Publications

Whether it is magazines or websites, some great resources are available to you from people who have "been there, done that." We are all learning more every day about adoption and often you will find raw emotion from people who share their story with you.

Adoption-focused Therapists
4. Adoption-focused Therapists

Need a little extra help for your kiddo? A therapist with knowledge about adoption can be a very valuable resource. Whether it’s navigating an open adoption, dealing with trauma or processing loss, an adoption therapist can help you navigate those waters.

Recommended Books
5. Recommended Books

If there is a topic you are interested in learning more about, chances are there is a book or two written about it. Friends in your support groups, therapists, agencies, or just a keyword search can turn up recommended books for the topic you are looking for.

Medical Professional
6. Medical Professional

Finding a doctor who is sensitive to your adoption and limited medical history, and is knowledgeable about adoption, can be a great way to ensure you and your child feel more at ease with bringing up adoption-related questions and concerns.

Online Support Communities
7. Online Support Communities

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This is where I personally find the most support and resources. The people who have joined adoption communities and private groups on social media have a common bond of adoption right from the start. Coming from different backgrounds, but joined together by the common thread of adoption, these group members are often eager to help others and share their personal experiences. Whether you are looking for information on transracial adoption, open adoption, foster adoption, or other areas of focus, there are options online.

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Sarah M. Baker

Sarah is a Staff Storyteller for Adoption.com and passionate about teaching others the power of open adoption. She is very active in the adoption community, where she spends a lot of time advocating as the founder of Heart For Open Adoption. She is the mom of two boys in addition to parenting her niece. She is a mother biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. Sarah promotes adoption education and ethical adoptions. She and her husband were featured on Season 2 of Oxygen’s “I’m Having Their Baby,” which tells the story of their first adoption match failing. Sarah hopes to bring her personal experience to you and help anyone who wants more information about adoption to find it with ease. Though it was once a taboo subject, Sarah hopes to make adoption something people are no longer afraid to talk about. You can learn more about Sarah and her family on her blog.

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