October 5, 2016 | Sonja McLean
I would like to address a very common question that is coming through the ND Post Adopt Network. Families are wondering how they can find appropriate service providers. They note that when they are looking for therapists, psychiatrists, etc. many are very good at their jobs, but not all are well-versed in the realm of adoption or foster care. They state that it is difficult to find a service provider because wait lists are long and the number of professionals who understand the complexities of adoption narrow options even more.
When choosing a professional to work with, you do not need to necessarily ONLY look at service providers that have the experience of working with adoption, but you do need to note their willingness to learn and understand your family dynamics, your children, and your story. Here is a great list of questions to ask providers prior to working with them:
1. Do you have experience with foster and adoptive families? If so, how much?
2. How often do you work with them?
3. What adoption-related training have you received?
4. Can you connect me with one or two families willing to give a reference?
5. Do you offer therapy for both the family and the child
6. Will you accept payments from my insurance provider?
If you find a provider that you feel a strong connection with, encourage them to seek adoption specific trainings or to contact the ND Post Adopt Network for information and tools to help them enrich their practice!
Information compiled from “Strengthen Your Forever Family: A Step-by-Step Guide to Post-Adoption” by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.