Adoption Assistance Program

Providing post adoption support, including assessment, education, brief counseling and referral services to adoptive families and to families formed through guardianship.

Child hugging his parents
SUPPORTING ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
Adoption is more than a way of building a family; it is a lifelong process of joys, personal growth, and challenges for all involved. At the Adoption Assistance Program we understand that families may need support from time to time. If you are an adoptive parent and have a question or concern, we are a phone call away.
Grandparents and kids
SUPPORTING RELATIVE GUARDIANS
The placement of a child with kin offers the benefit of being raised by familiar people, staying connected to siblings, and supports a sense of identity and belonging. But kinship care has logistical, financial, and unique social challenges as well. If you are a relative guardian and need guidance, we are here to help.
Kids in class with a teacher
SUPPORTING EDUCATORS & COMMUNITY PROVIDERS
If you are a teacher, school administrator, therapist, or other professional, we are here to support the work you do with adoptive and guardianship families. We offer informational meetings, training, consultation services, and more.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to the Donaldson Adoption Institute, about 60 percent of Americans have a personal connection to adoption, either knowing someone who has been adopted, having adopted a child or having relinquished a child for adoption.

In the Spotlight

Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) 2015-2016

Offered by the UConn School of Social Work, TAC is a comprehensive training for professionals in the social work, mental health, and child welfare fields. The training provides the clinical knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve adoptive families.  More >

November 6, 2015 - Save the Date! - North Haven

Jayne Schooler, nationally acclaimed adoption and foster care trainer, consultant and author, will present, "Trauma Competent Healing Parents: Becoming the Parent Our Child Needs."  More >

CT Family Support Network

CTFSN has recently published a database of summer camps, recreation programs and family destinations.  More >

October 3, 2015 - CT Treasures Kin - Hartford

DCF's 1st Annual Statewide Kinship Care Conference.  Flyer >

September 25, 2015 - Westport

Project Return and Ackerman Institute for the Family's 2nd Annual Conference on Adolescence and the Family  Flyer >

Horses Inspire! Interactive Equine-Assisted Therapy for Youth Ages 7-21

A program of Soul Friends, Inc.  More >