Post Adoption Support Services

Fact Sheets

Adoption and Sibling Relationships: What Children Have Taught Me (PDF, 140KB)

Written by Jane Brown, MSW, a veteran foster and adoptive parent, social worker, and adoption educator. Jane facilitates Adoption Playshops for adoptive families, to help children (adopted and non-adopted) normalize, understand, and express their feelings about growing up in an adoptive family.

Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child (PDF, 217 KB)

Includes talking with children about the changes; helping children understand their own history; helping children adjust to losses; and helping children transfer attachments. From the Child Welfare Information Gateway of the US DHHS Children's Bureau.

Myths and Realities of Sibling Adoption (PDF, 411 KB)

Discusses the top 10 myths and includes resources for further reading. From AdoptUSKids

Principles of Working with a Traumatized Child (PDF, 114 KB)

Adapted from the work of Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, internationally recognized authority on children in crisis.

Selecting and Working With an Adoption Therapist  (PDF, 199 KB)

Includes identifying professionals, approaches to therapy, treatment settings, finding the right therapist, national resource organizations, and other resources. From the Child Welfare Information Gateway of the US DHHS Children's Bureau.

Talking to Children about Adoption Assistance (PDF, 144 KB)

Rita Laws, PhD, mother of 12 children through adoption and birth, a NACAC representative in Oklahoma, offers her perspective about sharing adoption assistance information with adopted children.

Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Support Your Child's Attachment (PDF, 172 KB)

Compiled by MSU School of Social Work faculty. Includes practical ideas for all ages about ways to strengthen attachment with your child.

Attachment Loss and Grief (PDF, 114 KB)

Compiled by MSU School of Social Work faculty. Includes information about how children grieve, what grief looks like at different developmental levels, and the symptoms of grief in children.