How do we deliver?
First, we review a child’s case file, extensively search for relatives, and explore past connections. As we build relationships with community partners, extended family and potential placements, we also work with the child to identify their wants, needs, and hopes for the future. We then establish a plan to recruit the family that best meets the child’s needs and prepare the child for future family relationships. This winning approach leads to more adoptions, especially adoptions of older children.
Once a child is adopted, our innovative Family Education and Support Program goes into effect. We pair Certified Parent Educators with caregivers to develop a plan to help them adapt to their adopted child’s needs. This individualized training may include topics like understanding the effects of trauma, trauma-informed parenting, and assisting youth with grief and loss. This additional training and education help families integrate successfully.