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Adopting Families  -  Therapy

Adopting Families  -  TherapyAdopting Families  -  Therapy


Adopted children face situations, issues and questions that birth children do not have to face.  By understanding these issues, instead of avoiding them, you can help your child to live a more normal and happy life.

The Need for Therapy Services

Whether a child was placed for adoption form birth, was in an orphanage or in foster care and no matter how careful you were to explain adoption in positive terms, your adopted child commonly faces some emotional and developmental issues that an not common in a non-adopted child. As a result post-adoption therapeutic services are frequently needed, although often not until years after the adoption has taken place.

Most adoptees, at some time in their life, experience issues with loss, grief and anger as well as trust, attachment and identity.  Certain dates and experiences, like birthdays, the birth of siblings into the family, anniversaries, etc. may trigger adoption related problems. School problems can arise around classroom assignments, interactions with friends, and lack of sensitivity on the part of school personnel and other adults.  For a further understanding of these issues, please visit the link the emotional impact of adoption. To help deal with these type of problems post-adoption services typically include the following:

*Individual and group therapy and counseling
*Adoption support groups
*Education through adoption conferences, books and magazines
*Overnight camps and retreats
*Inpatient care at a hospital or residential treatment center

Timely help from a skilled counselor or therapist can often prevent an initial problem from becoming more serious. It can also help you understand what problems are the result of everyday life and what problems may be related specifically to adoption issues.

Finding Help

For some help in selecting an adoption counselor, please view the link Therapist Selection.  Another place to start is the adoption agency or adoption attorney that helped with the adoption.  You may also want to contact other adoption agencies in area to see if they know of local resources. 

Additional resources can be found through state and local adoption support groups,  the state child welfare agency, local mental health center or the state Department of Education. You can also contact one of several state associations including your state Psychological Association or Psychiatric Association, or Association of Social Workers to get the names of an adoption specialist.

Additional Information

As relates to finding an individual therapist, adoptive families emphasize the importance of finding a therapist with adoption experience. For additional help with adoption therapy, please visit the website Psychologist.

Help for Adopting Families by State

 Alabama  Montana
 Alaska  Nebraska
 Arizona  Nevada
 Arkansas  New Hampshire
 California  New Jersey
 Colorado  New Mexico
 Connecticut  New York
 Delaware  North Carolina
 Florida  North Dakota
 Georgia  Ohio
 Hawaii  Oklahoma
 Idaho  Oregon
 Illinois  Pennsylvania
 Indiana  Rhode Island
 Iowa  South Carolina
 Kansas  South Dakota
 Kentucky  Tennessee
 Louisiana  Texas
 Maine  Utah
 Maryland  Vermont
 Massachusetts  Virginia
 Michigan  Washington
 Minnesota  West Virginia
 Mississippi  Wisconsin
 Missouri  Wyoming
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Adopting Families  -  TherapyAdopting Families  -  Therapy