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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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Supporting Adoptive Families

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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Supporting Relative Guardians

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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Supporting Educators and Community Providers

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

2022 Adulting Series: A free interactive virtual learning opportunity just for
adolescents and young adults with disabilities!

Applications are due by 1/19/2022 and space is limited!  Click here for more information.

Presented by the UConn Center for Excellent in Developmental Disabilities


Virtual Adoptive Parent and Guardianship Support Group

Now being offered by the Adoption Assistance Program and Family and Children's Agency

Fourth Tuesday of every month; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom

See flyer for registration information.


Connecticut Adoption Community Network

Connecting adoptive and kinship families, adoption professionals, and all those interested in adoption to form a strong, supportive, and resourceful adoption community.

The next meeting will be held in May 2022.

The ACN meets twice a year. New members are always welcome! Email adoption@uchc.edu for more information.


Teaching Tools/Resources For Making Schools Inclusive of LGBTQ+ Families

Teach All Families


Proactive Engagement: The Adoptive Parent’s Responsibility When Parenting a Child of a Different Race

The National Council For Adoption introduces a new comprehensive resource for transracial adoptive parents.

Adoption Advocate Number 146 - Ebony Mack, MSW, and Kristen Hamilton, MA

Learn more.

Check out numerous articles and videos and learn how to have meaningful conversations with children about this important topic.

Learn more.


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The Adoption Assistance Program embraces diversity and welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds and experiences.