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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


Are You an Adoptive Parent?

Susan Frantz, LPC is a doctoral student seeking participants for her research project that explores the experiences of adoptive parents and building bonds of attachment to their child.  If you are interested in talking about your perspectives, adopted a child who was under the age of 7 at the time of adoption and that adoption occurred at least two years ago, please consider this exciting opportunity to give voice to the most valuable point of view…. Yours!  This will involve approximately 60-90 minutes of your time for an interview.

To learn more, contact Susan at  (860) 933-5338 or susan.frantz@aic.edu


Family & Children's Agency Launches New Adoptive Parent Support Group

In addition to their monthly adoptive parent support group in Newtown, Family & Children's agency is launching a new adoptive parent support group in Branford at the end of August.  Contact Nancy Horowitz at 203-868-9380 to learn more.


Central Connecticut State University - CARE Scholars Program

The CARE Scholars Program is dedicated to providing students coming from foster care or adoption with supportive resources.  Services include year-round housing, peer mentoring, academic advising, and social and emotional support.


What is Complex Trauma:  A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care About Them

Published in 2017 by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, this is a one-of-a-kind resource guide designed for youth who have experienced complex trauma or know someone who has.  Clinicians, caregivers, and other adults can also use the guide to have conversations with youth about what complex trauma is.  View the Resource Guide


Providing Adoption Support and Preservation Services

Read the February 2108 Bulletin for Professionals published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.


 

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.