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I need help with my adopted child. What resources are available to me in my state?

Child Welfare


Postadoption services—services provided after a child is placed for adoption or after adoption finalization—are designed to support adoptive families and may help reduce the likelihood of adoption disruption or dissolution. Since adoption is governed by state law and policy, the type of postadoption services available to adoptive families varies from state to state. Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, provides state-by-state information about the types of services available to families in its adoption assistance database.

Child Welfare Information Gateway also provides detailed information about state postadoption assistance programs through its related resource list on Post Adoption and Permanency Support Services.

Finally, support groups facilitate an understanding of common issues and provide the opportunity to share problem-solving strategies. Information Gateway’s National Adoption and Foster Care Directory allows users to search state-by-state to locate support groups for foster and prospective/adoptive parents.

Last Reviewed: July 13, 2020