Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Little Support Can Go a Long Way on the Adoption Journey


Raising children and supporting them as they navigate toddlerhood or adolescence can be challenging. If you add early childhood trauma, identity or developmental issues to the mix, the challenges can present even greater challenges.

Confronted with these struggles, adoptive families may feel overwhelmed as they build a solid, loving foundation for their child while helping them acclimate at school or home.

A little support can go a long way to arriving at the solutions your child needs. Post-permanency services offer support and aim to help adoptive families who feel isolated, frustrated or overwhelmed. The goal of the Pearl S. Buck International’s Welcome House post-permanency services is to develop a supportive plan that draws on each family’s strengths. Recognizing that each family’s needs are different, the solutions presented guide adoptive families along a road map of sorts to enable them to successfully navigate life’s challenges based on their individual strengths and individual goals.  

The individualized plan may include resources for parenting a child with physical, emotional or other special needs, as well as offer support and advocacy for educational issues or learning disabilities.

Funded through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), the program can be accessed by calling 1-800-585-7926 and requesting a referral to Pearl S. Buck International’s Welcome House program. 

All adopted children residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible for services as well as families with permanent legal custody or families caring for their relative’s children (kinship placement).

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