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Adoption Counseling for Hopeful Families

The adoption journey can be filled with beautiful, life-changing experiences, but there may also be some difficult times. Having a support system in place can make all the difference. Sometimes, that will be from professional help, like an adoption counselor.

Below, we’ll answer five of the most common questions hopeful adoptive families have when they are considering adoption counseling services.

To learn more about adoption counseling or how to start the adoption process, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION today or fill out our online contact form to get more free information now.

What Is Adoption Counseling?

Adoption can come with many complex emotions, including loss, grief and doubt. These emotions can come at a moment’s notice or even years after finalization.

Adoption counseling, also referred to as adoption therapy, is when a licensed adoption counselor or psychologist discusses adoption-related issues with you. They’re here to help you work through your worries and doubts of any kind.

All members of the adoption triad — birth parents, adoptive families and adoptees — can receive adoption counseling together or separately.

Anyone experiencing some difficult emotions because of adoption can receive adoption counseling. Just like anyone who is struggling with a relationship or emotions would speak to a therapist, this is the time to seek professional help.

Still, finding the right therapist can take effort and commitment. Successful therapy depends on your active role in:

  • Finding the right adoption counselor

  • Committing to the process

  • Being present  and a part of the treatment

You may never need an adoption counseling session. But, for those who do, it can be beneficial.

What Are the Benefits of Adoption Counseling?

Adoption counseling may not work for everyone, but many families that work with an adoption counselor may experience benefits like:

  • Stronger and healthier relationships with their spouse and child

  • Improved self-esteem

  • Acceptance of the difficult journey they have been or will go on

An adoption counselor is well-versed in their area of expertise, and they can give you advice specific to your needs.

Also, the benefits of talking to a therapist who specializes in adoption are the same as talking with any therapist or counselor. You can speak openly, receive support and get advice.

When Is it Time to Seek Adoption Counseling?

Only you can decide when it’s time to visit an adoption counselor. It’s a common, healthy service for everyone to use as needed.

If you’re experiencing any complicated emotions, then it might be a good time to try counseling for adoptive parents. Your counselor can help you process:

Relationships within the adoptive family are key to a successful placement. Adoptive family counseling is instrumental in providing each member with a chance to improve communication and strengthen connection.

What Should I Look for in Counseling for Adoptive Parents?

The success of a counseling session depends on how comfortable you are with your adoptive family counselor, so make sure you’re working with someone you can trust.

As you explore your options for adoptive family counseling, look for a few key characteristics:

You can also check with your adoption professional to see which post-placement resources they can provide. Also, these directories can locate in-person adoption counseling services near you:

Can’t find any in-person counseling for adoptive parents near you? Consider these therapists and organizations that may offer telecommunication counseling:

What if Counseling Isn’t an Option?

There are plenty of ways for you to get the support you deserve. Although it’s up to you to find which outlet is best for you, here are a few options to consider:

You deserve support from experienced professionals, and they can help you. Working through your emotions will take time, even with adoptive family counseling, so be kind to yourself.

Remember: Adoption is a lifelong journey.


If you have more questions about counseling for adoptive parents, then contact us today at 1-800-ADOPTION to get more free adoption information now.

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