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Posted by Michelle Rigg on 09/09/2021

Post-Adoption Parenting Resources

Post-Adoption Parenting Resources

Selecting An Adoption Competent Therapist 

Adoption Competent Therapist Traits

 Selecting and Working With a Therapist Skilled in Adoption from Child Information Gateway

Screening Questions When Seeking An Adoption-Competent Therapist


Adoption in the Movies 

List of Adoption-Themed Movies

 Adoption At The Movies


Adoptee websites 

Tori Hope Petersen

Ethnically Incorrect Daughter

Harlow's Monkey

Heart, Mind & Seoul

John Raible Online

Land of Gazillion Adoptees

Sunshine Girl on A Rainy Day

Transracial Korean Adoptee Nexus

Post-adoption assistance by state


Child Welfare Information Gateway  

Provides a tool to search for Local and County Child Welfare Agencies, including Adoption Assistance Programs, Foster Care and Adoption Agencies, Support Groups, State Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA) Administrators, State Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) Administrators,  Foster Care and Adoption Education and Training Organizations, Foster Care and Adoption Contact Numbers and Websites, and State Reunion Registries and Intermediary Services.


Federal Adoption Tax Credit


Claiming the Federal Adoption Tax Credit for 2022 from North American Council on Adoptable Children


The 2022 Federal Adoption Tax Credit from AdoptHelp 


Suggested Reading List

Adoptive Parents

Adopted Children and Teens

Adoptive parentsWebsites, blogs and webinars for adoptive parents



Adoption & Attachment Therapy Partners LLC

Adoptive Families

AdoptUS Kids

A Family For Every Child

American Adoption Congress

Beyond Words Psychological Services

Child Welfare Information Gateway 

Coalition for Children, Youth & Families 

Confessions of An Adoptive Parent

Creating A Family

Mona DelaHooke, PhD

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW (Attachment Therapist, Trainer, Writer)

Heather Forbes 


Provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information. There are separate areas for kids, teens, and parents—each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are literally thousands of in-depth features about medical illnesses, mental health issues, school issues, child development and more!

Lives In the Balance 

The non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the empirically supported Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach and New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings

One big happy home 

Carol Lozier, LCSW (Psychotherapist Author Blogger)

National Adoption Center

North American Council on Adoptable Children


Provides education, support, and community for adoptees and their families on matters of adoption and race.

Picket Fence Posts 

Post Institute

Lisa Qualls: One Thankful Mom

The Adoption Connection

The Center for Adoption Support and Education


 Facebook groups for adoptive parent support


Parenting with Connection 

Also, be sure and access great resources in “files” section for download

Empowered Parent Podcast Community

Positive Discipline Tools for Parents and Teachers


Conferences for adoptive parents


These organizations host adoptive parent conferences and trainings, with some offering virtual availability.


Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit

Annual international conference supporting orphan ministries and servant leaders around the world 


Show Hope

Offers support for adoptive parents, including sponsoring the Empowered to Connect Conference.

Parenting specific issues


Resource downloads for parents from Empowered to Connect

Adoption specific resources from HealthyChildren.org - American Academy of Pediatrics


Talking to your child or teen about adoption 

Talking about about adoption from Adoption Network

Center for Adoption Support and Education: Talking with children about adoption

Talking about adoption from Child Welfare Information Gateway

Parenting your adopted child

Publications and videos from Pact Adoption Alliance

Parenting your internationally adopted child

Bringing your Internationally Adopted Child to the United States from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

State Recognition of Adoptions Finalized Abroad from Child Welfare Information Gateway

Re-Adoption Once Your Child Is Home from Rainbowkids.com

Final Steps in the Post Adoption Process from Rainbowkids.com


Depression and your adopted child

Depression in Teens Who Were Adopted: What Families Need to Know from Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center 

Self-Harming Behaviors:  How You Can Help Your Child from Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center 


Fetal alcohol syndrome and your adopted child

Fostering Children And Youth With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Study of First-Graders Shows Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevalent in U.S. Communities from National Institutes of Health

FAS Community Resource Center 

Fetal Alcohol Exposure Fact Sheet from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 

Cognitive Supports 

FASD United 

Education and FASD Toolkit from the Fetal Alcohol & Drug Unit of the UW Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Lying from a trauma perspective

How to End Lying-The Cliff Notes Version from Post Institute

Why Kids Lie and How to End It Now! From Post Institute

How Do I Handle Lying? from Dr. Karyn Purvis

Therapeutic Parenting-Lying  from Christine Moers


Childhood sexual abuse and healthy boundaries

Creating a Safe Space: Healthy Boundaries for Children Impacted by Childhood Sexual Abuse from Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center

Foster or Adopted Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused from Healthychildren.org

Parenting a Child or Youth Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents from Child Information Gateway

Beyond Sexual Abuse: Families Can Promote Healing from North American Council on Adoptable Children


Adoption is loss-Grief and loss and your adopted child

Helping Children Cope with Loss Tip sheets from Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center


School support

Beacon House Therapeutic Services and Trauma Team

This site has many free downloadable resources for schools and parents based on Dr. Bruce Perry’s work.

A Trauma Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom from Robyn Gobbel, LCSW-S, RPT-S

Information for Schools on Neurosequential Development and Trauma from Dr. Bruce Perry


Single Adoption Parenting

Adopting as a Single Parent from Child Information Gateway

Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide by Mikki Morrissette

Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adoption for Single Parents by Lee Varon 

Single Parent Adoption: The Process and Experience of Adopting Unpartnered


Adoptive parenting through a trauma lens

The Attachment Trauma Center Institute

Provides list of books, articles, presentations, and newsletters. Scroll to the bottom of their page for five (5) class training PowerPoint presentations for foster/adoptive parents on attachment 

Beacon House Therapeutic Services and Trauma Team

Free downloadable resources for parents and helpers based on Dr. Bruce Perry’s work.

Beyond Consequences - Heather Forbes

Guide: What Do These Behaviors Mean? How children process and respond to trauma


Sibling relationships and adoption parenting

Books (see our booklist)

Tip Sheet: Parenting Siblings Connected Through Trauma

Open Adoption

6 Key Factors to Consider for an Open Adoption from Huffpost


Transitioning into an adoptive family

Accessing Adoption Support and Preservation Services from Child Welfare Information Gateway 

Four Things To Do When Bringing Home A Child From Hard Places from Verge

Helping Your Child Transition From Foster Care to Adoption from Child Welfare Information Gateway

Realistic Expectations:  The First Year Home from EMKPress

Transition Home: The First Months of Post Adoption from Creating a Family


Transracial adoption parenting

Beyond Words Psychological Services

African-American Adoption Resources from Pact Adoption Alliance

Asian Adoption Parenting Resources from Pact Adoption Alliance

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