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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

Summit Counseling, LLC - Offering Teletherapy for Adoptive Parents

Laura Hetherington, LCSW of Summit Counseling, LLC is now offering teletherapy to adoptive parents who may not have the time or ability to travel for office appointments but who could benefit from parenting support.  Many insurances accepted.  Contact Ms. Hetherington to learn more at 860-917-5054 or visit www.summitcounselingllc.org.  

Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)

The UConn Health Adoption Assistance Program, with technical assistance provided by the UConn School of Social Work, is pleased to offer Training for Adoption Competency (TAC).  Created by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) in  2009, TAC is a comprehensive, evidence-informed post-Master’s training program for mental health professionals that is available nationwide.  Through classroom and remote instruction as well as clinical case consultation, TAC students master 18 areas of knowledge, values and skills that are critical to adoption-competent mental health services.  If you would like to be notified when we begin taking applications in the spring, please email sgervais@uchc.edu.  View 2017 TAC-brochure.

April 13, 2018 - UMASS Amherst

SAVE THE DATE!  Rudd Adoption Research Program presents New Worlds of Adoption Conference 2018:  The Future of Adoption: Moving Beyond Safety to Well-Being.  

Did You Know?

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.