Support for Families After Adoption
At The Villages, we are committed to making sure you have the support necessary for your family to succeed before, during, and after adoption. As part of that commitment, we provide post adoption services for our families to assist with filing reports, paperwork, home visits, referrals to community-based services, and other agency and legal requirements.
And we’re always here to answer questions. Since 1978, we’ve been helping youth find stable families, and we have decades of experience. Whether you’re feeling confused, overwhelmed, or just need a little guidance, we’re here when you need us.
Eligibility & Location of Services
To be eligible for post adoption services, families must have a child in the home under the age of 18 who was adopted. All types of adoptions qualify, including kinship, step-parent, foster care, and international. Eligible families must also currently reside in one of our service areas. Please note, families that reside outside our service area may still be able to receive support from other agencies. Contact us to learn more.
Cost and Referral Process
Generally, there is no cost for these services, which are covered under a contract with the Indiana Department of Child Services. If the family wishes to be referred to agencies other than The Villages, there may be costs depending on the agency.
To begin the referral process, you’ll need to contact your state adoption liaison (you can find yours by using this map). Your liaison will then make the referral to the assigned agency responsible for your region.
We offer many different services to our families. Some of these are available without a referral, while others require one. Services available without a referral include:
- Support Groups: These are a valuable resource to families, and provide the chance to meet other parents who understand the highs and lows of adoption.
- Parent/Family Special Events: These include weekend getaways for moms, parents’ night out, family bowling parties, and more.
- Trainings: The Villages brings in leaders and experts to speak to families on adoption-related issues so that parents are better able to bring healing and growth to their families. Past topics have included trauma-informed schools, telling children their adoption history, and adoption and teens.
Other services require referrals, such as:
- Case Management: Working as a team with the parent to identify needs for the family, refer to those services, and support the family to make sure the services are implemented.
- Referral to Local Resources: Helping families connect with mental health resources, community-based resources, and financial assistance.
- Parent Education: Partnering with parents to provide education on adoption issues, trauma-focused parenting, education on a child’s mental health diagnosis, etc.
- Therapy: On occasion, our therapists can provide therapy on adoption issues for the family.