Where do I find help for problems with adopted children?
Start with the agency you adopted from. The social workers should be able to give you a solid array of resources. If you did not adopt through an agency, call the local adoption agencies. If you live in a remote area, check out what online resources may be available. There is an amazing amount of reading and a growing body of webinars, etc. that you might find useful. Go beyond general websites and look for adoption specific resources, such as Tapestry Books Local mental health clinics or therapists may or may not be the best choice for you. If you think your child may need therapy, ask about the therapist’s experience with adopted children. Working with adopted children requires specialized training and you and your child deserve to work with someone who understands the normative cycle of adopted children and families. To learn more about what to look for, read "Seeking Meaningful Therapy", by Kinship Center adoptive mom, Debbie Schugg. Professionals who may not have knowledge can also access Kinship Center’s specialized training. Lastly, join a support group, such as groups throughout the state hosted by Kinship Center. A local one is best because the group can share many resources in your community and group members might even offer some much needed babysitting!
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