Providing post-adoption support, including assessment, education, brief counseling, and referral services to adoptive families and to families formed through guardianship.
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.
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.
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
Last Call - Now accepting applications for the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) course beginning in October 2023. Applications are due by 9/29/23.
Please see the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) tab for more information and to apply.
Connecting adoptive and kinship families, adoption professionals, and all those interested in adoption to form a strong, supportive, and resourceful adoption community.
The ACN meets twice a year. New members are welcome!
The next meeting is scheduled for 3/18/24. Time and location to be announced closer to the meeting date.
Virtual AAP Information Sessions:
The AAP is now offering monthly virtual information sessions to learn more about our services. Sessions are open to foster, adoptive, and guardianship families, DCF social workers, and community providers. To join a noontime session, click here. To join an evening session, click here. Please see flyer for times and additional information.
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
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