Finding and Using Postadoption Services: Conclusion and Additional Resources

This information was taken directly from Child Welfare Information Gateway

Conclusion and Additional Resources

Adoption is a lifelong experience for a child and a family. It is normal to face challenges; some challenges may even appear long after the adoption has been finalized. Postadoption services are a valuable way for adoptive families to get guidance and needed support and also to find others who understand, and perhaps share, their experiences. These services bring positive results by helping address issues common to adoptive families and by promoting healthy family relationships.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Parenting After Adoption website section adopt_parenting/

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Strengthening Your Forever Family: A Step-by- Step Guide for Post-Adoption wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DTFA-Post- Adoption-Guide.pdf

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute Keeping the Promise: The Critical Need for Post-Adoption Services to Enable Children and Families to Succeed:

The National Resource Center for Adoption Adoption Support and Preservation Services: A Continuing Public Interest:

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The original (2006) version of this factsheet was developed by Child Welfare Information Gateway, in partnership with Susan Frievalds. This update is made possible by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conclusions discussed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency, nor does the funding agency endorse the products or organizations mentioned in this factsheet.


Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2012). Finding and using postadoption services. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.