A Guide to Selecting An Adoption Or Foster Therapist

Source: https://creatingafamily.org/

Guest post by Carol Lozier, Forever-Families

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Families experience great joy as they welcome newly adopted or foster children into their lives. When a child comes home, parents might start counseling right away or the need may not arise until a later time, such as adolescence. Identifying the right therapist can be a challenging task, especially if a parent is not familiar with the counseling field. This article gives parents direction on choosing the right adoption counselor for their child. There are many factors to consider, from insurance and office location, to the therapist’s degree and training. Any reputable therapist will be happy to answer questions about themselves and their practice. Some questions to ask the prospective therapist include:

Do you have a masters’ degree (or greater) in a counseling related field? Counseling related fields include: psychology, social work, psychiatry, and marriage and family therapy.

Do you have a license to practice independently? Each state and degree have different requirements, but a license indicates the therapist passed state boards showing competency in their degree.

When did you finish your counseling degree? It is preferable for the therapist to have completed their degree more than five years ago. Of course, more experience is desirable.

Do you take my insurance? If the therapist is in-network with your insurance, call the company to request benefit information and an authorization (if needed). If the therapist is out-of- network, call the company to determine your benefits. You will want to ask about your deductible, co-pays, co-insurance, and requirement for authorization.

How many years have you worked with foster and adopted children? An effective counselor will have at least two to three years expertise in the area of foster care or adoptions. And ideally, 30% to 50% of the therapist’s practice should be with foster or adopted children.

What is the location of your practice? Ask about location as it can make a difference in your choice.

As the parent, will I stay in the room during my child’s sessions? Typically, an adoption therapist keeps parents in the therapy session with the child. The parent remains in the room for information and attachment opportunities.

How were you trained to work in this area? There are many acceptable treatment models, including: Theraplay, Narrative therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Dyadic Developmental therapy. Research whichever model the therapist uses so that you are familiar with the process and know what to expect in sessions.

What additional training do you have that augments your chosen model? It is suggested that therapists have additional training in: individual therapy with children and adults, family therapy, child development, trauma work, and cognitive and behavior therapy.

Will we meet alone with you in the first session or do we bring our child? A general rule of thumb is parents attend the first session alone unless the child is an adolescent, then the child may accompany the parents.

These last questions are for the family to ask themselves after the first visit or two: Do we feel this therapist is a positive and comfortable fit for our family? Is the counselor open to our questions about the therapy process? You want to be able to answer “Yes” to both of these questions, as the therapeutic relationship is interactive and built on trust and respect.

Announcing The New AdoptTogether.org

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AdoptTogether has officially partnered with Pure Charity to become:

ADOPTTOGETHER powered by Pure Charity

Their new partnership will be official this Wednesday, April 26.

All of your basic questions & answers about their new partnership is featured below, but feel free to email Sueann@adopttogether.org with any further questions!

We are so EXCITED!

Here’s to a brighter future for all AdoptTogether families, and greater strides towards the vision of a world with a family for every child!

Five Changes You May Notice on the New AdoptTogether.org

1. A New Look
AdoptTogether.org is going to look far different than before. Essentially, it will have all the same functionality with an upgraded look and feel to make donating and creating a profile just as easy as before. NOTE: All preexisting family profile information and donation history will automatically be transferred to the new site

2. A Transition Period
Real talk, whenever a website gets a massive overhaul like the one AdoptTogether has gone through, you can expect the occasional hiccup. Things you may notice could be anything from a broken link, a few grammatical errors, and a slight delay in data being transferred over from the old to the new site. For instance, profile changes and donations made after Friday 4/21 will be reflected on the new site by the end of this week. If you have already received an AdoptTogether Grant, it will appear on your Grant Dashboard within the next two weeks.

3. The Grant Submission Process
AdoptTogether.org now features a Grant Request Portal for families to quickly and easily request their funds raised through AdoptTogether. This process is one of the fundamental services AdoptTogether provides families, and it just got a whole lot more efficient!

4. New Tools For Your Profile  
AdoptTogether profiles will now come with a variety of upgraded features, which include an enhanced ability to track your donor activity, view your Grant Request status and history, display a geotag showing the region where you’re adopting from, and upload videos to keep your network informed and engaged with your family’s progress!

5. Resources
To aide families in the adoption process, the AdoptTogether team has collected and created over 80 resources full of information about everything from "How to Start the Adoption Process," to "What You Need to Know the First Day Your Child Comes Home." We hope these new resources will be a valuable asset to families for years to come!
If you still have any questions about the new partnership please email Sueann@adopttogether.org.

Cheers!

Hank
CEO & Founder | AdoptTogether

Have You Heard? Some NC Counties Offer Free Post Adoption Services!

FullSizeRenderToday we had the great pleasure of meeting the Child Wellbeing and Success Coach Team.  If you live in Ashe, Alleghany, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Watauga or Wilkes county, you can access their services for FREE!  They are funded with a grant from the state of North Carolina and are one of only five agencies in the Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG).  Be sure to visit and like their Facebook page regardless if you reside in any of these counties or our state.  The agency posts great resources and videos for all families to utilize for free!  

Have you been considering adoption? Now is the time to take that first step!

Have you been considering adoption? Now is the time to take that first step! Give us a call at (336) 899-0068 where you’ll be connected with a Family Coordinator to answer all of your questions.

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Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families: Profiles of Publicly Funded Post-Adoption Services

Source: www.adoptioninstitute.org

Supporting-Preserving-Adoptive-Families-page-0-copy-87x113 Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families: Profiles of Publicly Funded Post-Adoption Services: This publication, funded by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is part of the Institute’s national "Keeping the Promise" initiative. It provides the most extensive examination to date of what post-adoption services states are providing, who is eligible to receive them and how they are being funded.

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How to Track the Status of Your Case

Job%20desk%20multitaksing%20office%20work Check your case status online with your receipt number. You can also sign up to receive automatic case status updates by email.

If you do not receive a decision on your case within the published processing time for the new service center, you may submit an inquiry online or call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 800-375-5283 (TYY 800-767-1833). When asking about your case status, please provide us with your receipt number and specify that your case was transferred to a new location.

If we send you any notice (such as a Request for Evidence), please read the notice carefully and follow the instructions provided.

If you move while your case is pending, you must inform USCIS of your address change. You may file a change of address on our website or by calling the NCSC. It is important that you notify us of any address change as soon as possible, so that you continue to receive notifications from USCIS.

Do you know someone considering adoption? Share this Free Multimedia Guide on Choosing an Adoption Agency or Attorney

Child%20world%20girl%20kid%20globe%202016 Do you know someone considering adoption? One of the first things they need to do is choose an adoption agency or attorney. Let them know about our FREE Multimedia Guide on Choosing an Adoption Agency or Attorney. We walk you through the process from soup to nuts and provide plenty of resources to make this process as easy as possible.

Is Anyone Out There?: Finding Support as a Birth Mother

By: Nicole Strickland

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Thirteen years ago, I left the hospital as a proud new mom. Unlike most new moms, though, I also left the hospital with empty arms and a broken heart, as I had just placed my newborn baby boy into the arms of his adoptive mom and dad.

I went home and, for weeks, just tried desperately to navigate this “new normal.” Having a baby is always a life-changing event, but most new parents are overwhelmed by around-the-clock feedings, diaper changes, and sleep deprivation. In my case, I was overwhelmed with grief, sadness, and solitude. Although my family and friends were supportive of my decision to place my child for adoption and sympathetic to what I was going through, most had no idea what I was really experiencing. I felt so alone, and for many weeks was struggling just to make it through my day-to-day activities.

Unlike many birth mothers, I did not place my child through an adoption agency. Instead, I placed through a private adoption attorney, who only provided me legal services. This meant I did not have a social worker or counselor at the agency to whom I could reach out.

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Important Grant Updates, Deadlines, Coaching and more

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Sponsor Spotlight

Please take a moment to check out our Sponsors. They are here to help you!
WACAPWorld Association for Children and Parents
WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States.

 

 

 

Hopscotch AdoptionsHopscotch Adoptions
Hopscotch’s belief is that each child has the right to a lifelong, loving family. Hopscotch is dedicated to helping children in need of families, through both humanitarian efforts and adoption into permanent, loving homes.

 

 

 

Madison Adoption Associates
There are no unwanted children …just unfound families.

 

 

 

The Pure Charity Builds World Class Technology Solutions for Individual Fundraising, Community Advocacy and Nonprofit Organizations.  We know Adoption Fundraising is not easy, so we created some simple tools that have helped hundreds of families raise money for their adoption costs. There is no paperwork to fill out, no application to complete, and no waiting period.  Get started right today!

 

 

Bills Tax Service
Adoption Tax Credit Specialis
t – No matter what adoption tax questions you have, Bills is always right there to guide you. They offer personalized service to each client family. Contact them today!
Phone: 618-532-7223      www.billstaxservice.com

Important Grant Updates:

Hope Grafted In – Hurry and turn in your application for Hope Grafted In! They are only taking applications until December 1, 2015. After that, this program will be suspended until they can raise more funds.

One Less Ministry is only taking applications through December 31, 2015. After that, this program will be redirecting funds to human trafficking prevention and no longer offering adoption grants.

A Child Waits Foundation just published its brand new website! Families are now able to get both the grant and loan applications from their website and there is no longer a pre-qualification step in their process.  Anyone who believes that they meet their general criteria as stated on their website can send in an application. A Child Waits Foundation grant and loans are for international adoptions only.  They do NOT have any marital or religious criteria to apply. Check out their new website today and see if you qualify to apply!

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

December Grant Deadlines:

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Which Grants Are The Best Fit For Your Family?

Get Complete Application Criteria for Each Grant Here:

Please check our website for more information about The Adoption Finance Toolkit.  Quickly find what you need to help fund your adoption with our comprehensive database of Adoption Grants and Loans.

 

Need Help Clearing Up The Confusion of Adoption Grants?

Individualized Consulting and Personalized Coaching:

These services will offer personalized support for YOUR family to help you sort through the complicated and sometimes confusing world of adoption funding. There are limited appointments available for these services.

Contact Cherri Walrod today to schedule your appointment. 
cherri@resources4adoption.com or cherri.walrod@gmail.com

Partner with Us!

Welcome to our New Sponsors: 

 

Madison Adoption Associates

Madison Adoption Associates is a Hague accredited, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to bring hope, love, and a permanent family to children in need.
Our agency began in 1981 with a mother’s love and desire to raise an adoptive family. Today, although we still operate as a smaller agency, we are one of the largest independent non-profit international placement agencies.

 

Wasatch International Adoptions

Domestic and International Adoptions

They specialize in both domestic and international adoption programs and child assistance programs.  They have placed thousands of children with families across the United States.  Wasatch is a full service COA/Hague accredited, non-profit, 501 (c)3 agency, licensed in 1997.
Are you an adoption agency or adoption related business? Want to position your services and brand in front of adoptive hopefuls nationwide? Help us reach more adoptive families with the hope and help they need to fund their adoptions. Contact Cherri Walrod for more information on becoming a sponsor today. Email: cherri@resources4adoption.com or cherri.walrod@gmail.com

Your Hopscotch Adoptions Team: Serving All Children, All Families, All Faiths.

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