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Providing post adoption support, including assessment, education, brief counseling and referral services to adoptive families and to families formed through guardianship.

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Adoption is more than a way of building a family; it is a lifelong process of joys, personal growth, and challenges for all involved. At the Adoption Assistance Program we understand that families may need support from time to time. If you are an adoptive parent and have a question or concern, we are a phone call away.

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The placement of a child with kin offers the benefit of being raised by familiar people, staying connected to siblings, and supports a sense of identity and belonging. But kinship care has logistical, financial, and unique social challenges as well. If you are a relative guardian and need guidance, we are here to help.

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If you are a teacher, school administrator, therapist, or other professional, we are here to support the work you do with adoptive and guardianship families. We offer informational meetings, training, consultation services, and more.

In the Spotlight

October 6, 2016 - Webinar

Four Things Adoptive Parents Need to Know about Child Development, sponsored by Adoption Learning Partners.

November 4, 2016 - Conference

In recognition of National Adoption month, the CT Council on Adoption is sponsoring the return of Heather Forbes, LCSW for a full day conference titled, “Understanding the Traumatized Child at Home and School”. 

November 17, 2016 - Webinar

Helping Children and Youth Transition from Foster Care to Adoption, sponsored by Center for Adoption Support and Education.

Access Connecticut Adoptee Survey

Access Connecticut has prepared an adoptee survey to assist them in developing their legislative strategy. If you are an adult adoptee from Connecticut and would like to share your feedback, the survey will be available to complete any time before November 1, 2016.

Did You Know?

The UConn School of Social Work offers Training in Adoption Competency (TAC) to professionals that provides the clinical knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve the adoption/kinship network.

According to the Donaldson Adoption Institute, about 60 percent of Americans have a personal connection to adoption, either knowing someone who has been adopted, having adopted a child or having relinquished a child for adoption.