Frequently Asked Questions

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What types of concerns do you help families with?

  • Attachment
  • Birth family connections
  • Child development in the context of adoption
  • Childhood trauma
  • Difficulties at home, school or among peers
  • Grief and loss
  • Identifying Resources
  • Identity and self-esteem
  • Navigating new family relationships and roles
  • Parenting children with social, emotional and behavioral issues
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Talking with your child about adoption
  • Transitioning from foster care to adoption

Who may call the AAP?

The AAP is available to any family member connected to a child through adoption or guardianship, and to educators and other professionals in the community working with families parenting children through adoption or guardianship.

To speak with a social worker trained in adoption issues, call us at 860-679-4006 or toll free in Connecticut at 877-679-1961.

Is the AAP confidential?

The AAP is a voluntary and confidential service. Information is never released without your written permission or as deemed necessary by law.

Who is eligible for AAP Services?

The program is designed to meet the needs of families who have adopted children from the legal custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) and relative caregivers of children in DCF’s subsidized guardianship program. On a limited basis, the AAP director may waive eligibility criteria so that additional families may be served.

What are the costs of the AAP’s services?

There is no cost to you or your family member for AAP services. If you are referred to an outside resource or service, the cost may be offset by your insurance.

“AAP provided emotional support that continued after the adoption until we felt confident going it alone. We weren’t abandoned. This kind of support is critical to all adoptive families.” – Adoptive Parent