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
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
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
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.
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

March 2016

The National Council for Adoption releases Adoption Advocate No. 93:  Post-Adoption Services: Acknowledging and Dealing with Loss

May 13, 2016 - UMass Amherst

The Rudd Adoption Research Program presents, New Worlds of Adoption and Foster Care:  Thriving on the Frontline

Save the Date!  November 4, 2016 - North Haven

Heather Forbes is returning to CT to present: Beyond Consequences: Understanding the Traumatized Child at Home and School