Support Post Adoption Network

The adoption is finalized. Your family is complete. But the children in your care might still have some specialized needs, and even you, as a new adoptive parent, might benefit from a little extra guidance.

It’s not unusual for a child to experience feelings of loss, grief, separation and even abandonment. Despite your efforts, an adopted child might struggle with trust and forming attachments. She might still be wrestling with a past trauma. He might be questioning his identity, and you might be wondering if you made the right decision.

This is all very normal. CHS is here to help.

CHS established Support Post Adoption Network (SPAN) to provide services to support finalized adoptions of children from the local foster care system. We know there might be some challenges ahead, but we believe they are manageable with the right support. SPAN provides special prevention and intervention services that protect the permanency of adoptions.

Children with learning disabilities, emotional/mental health issues, behavior concerns, and/or other special needs receive assessment, therapy, and support services to facilitate improved behavior and functioning at home, school and in the community. These home- and/or community-based services are provided for families with finalized adoptions and in cases where the child’s past history is creating current problems.

SPAN services include:

  • Crisis Management
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Behavioral Management
  • Family and Child Assessment
  • Resource Lending Library
  • Attachment Services
  • Family Preservation
  • Respite Services
  • Information and Community Referrals
  • School Interventions and Advocacy
  • Case Management Services

SPAN offers specialized training in:

  • Therapeutic Behavioral Interventions
  • Parenting with Love and Logic
  • Parenting a Sexually Abused Child
  • Parenting a Child with ADHD
  • Parenting a Child with Attachment Difficulties
  • Parenting a Child Transracially
  • Parenting a Child Experiencing Life Transitions
  • Impact of Trauma on Child Development

Support Post Adoption Services are currently in the following counties:

Alamance, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Buncombe, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Gates, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Henderson, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenior, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Person, Polk, Pitt,  Randolph, Robeson, Rutherford, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Yancey

 

Outcomes

  • 303

    families received our Clinical Post Adoption Support services in 2014

  • 85%

    % of families that experienced improved or stabilized family functioning by the end of the program

  • 96%

    % of children who experienced improved or stabilized behaviors


Support Groups & Locations

Greensboro Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group
Location: CHS Greensboro Offices
Time: 6:30-8pm
Date: 1st Thursday of the month
Contact Person: Syreeta Williamson and Melanie Melton swilliamson@chsnc.org; mmelton@chsnc.org

Sampson County Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group
Location: Sampson County DSS 360 County Complex Rd. #100 Clinton, NC
Time: 6-8pm
Date: 1st Thursday of the Month
Contact Person: Arlene Mulholland and Sandy Fowler amulholland@chsnc.org; sfowler@chsnc.org
Support Group includes various Training topics

Elizabeth City Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group
Location: Hugh Cale Community Center 524 South Rd. Elizabeth City, NC
Time: 6-8p
Date: 3rd Monday of the month
Contact Person: LaShonda Dance ldance@chsnc.org
Support Group includes various training topics

Greenville Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group
Location: 920-B Woodridge Park Rd. Greenville, NC
Time: 6-8p
Date: 3rd Monday of the month
Contact Person: Tomaseina Parker-Talib tptalib@chsnc.org
Support Group includes various training topics