Approximately 9,000 Washington families care for children they have adopted from foster care. While these families receive support and guidance during the foster care and adoption process, they are often left on their own after the adoption is finalized.
A recent survey of adoptive families in Washington found that one-third could not access at least one service they needed or the service they received was not beneficial; half had difficulty finding information about how to best care for their child.
Service gaps include: information on available services; services for children whose disabilities, behaviors, mental health or history significantly impact their daily functioning; a coordinator or resource to help connect families to resources and services.
Research provides support for the connection between adoption stability and post-adoption services. Benefits of post-adoption support include:
- Prevention of disruption and dissolution that results in high financial and emotional costs.
- Strengthened families as adoptive families and children are helped through the stages of becoming a family and receive help to work through past trauma, grief, and loss.
- Increased recruitment of adoptive families because post-adoption support, subsidies, and services influence a prospective adoptive family’s decision to adopt.
How can you help?
Do all you can to contact your legislators by mail, phone, email, and social media. Let them know that ALL adoptive families in our state need greater support and services in a centralized location.
Urge your elected leaders to create a one-stop resource for ALL adoptive families.
- Find your legislators and their contact info here
- Send a postcard to those who represent you
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The Post-Adoption Support Coalition (PASC) led by Many Lights, along with the support of the Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition (CWAC), is working to create a centralized resource that will help close service gaps and provide critical help and information for adoptive families in our state.