PA-AS 11: Post-Adoption Services
Post-adoption services promote child and adult well-being and family functioning and stability.
The child’s extended family and other community
members should be considered as valuable resources when arranging post-adoption services, unless contraindicated.
NA The agency provides homestudy services only.
NA The agency provides post placement services only.
When the need for post-adoption services is identified, the agency and the individual or family jointly develop a plan that specifies steps for obtaining these services.
The decision to develop a post-adoption service plan
is based on the wishes of the adopted person, adoptive family, or the birth parents unless it is mandated.
Children, birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons have access to needed post-adoption services that are culturally relevant and include:
- information and referral;
- case management;
- early intervention for children with developmental delays;
- educational services;
- counseling, mental health treatment, and crisis intervention services;
- family preservation and stabilization services;
- peer support;
- transportation; and
- respite services and out-of-home care.
The agency refers families to professionals with experience working in adoption services or with adopted families.
Research Note: Research
studies demonstrate that adoptive families seek a wide array of post-adoption services, and needs may vary depending upon the type of adoption. Research and literature suggest that families often seek services in response to: issues of separation and loss, relationship problems, self-development and identity issues, and emotional and behavioral problems resulting from childhood abuse or neglect. Research has shown that financial support, medical services, and respite care were important to families that adopted children with special needs
The agency takes the initiative to explore suitable resources and contact service providers when appropriate, and with the permission of the person or family.