Open Adoption Support Services
Guidance & Support to Families Connected by Open Adoption
“Parenting has nothing to do with perfection. Perfection isn’t even the goal, not for us, not for our children. Learning together to live well in an imperfect world, loving each other despite or even because of our imperfections, and growing as humans while we grow our little humans, those are the goals of gentle parenting. So don’t ask yourself at the end of the day if you did everything right. Ask yourself what you learned and how well you loved,
then grow from your answer. That is perfect parenting.”
Open Adoption Planning & Support
Family-Centered Support for birth parents & adoptive parents
Individual and joint coaching sessions with prospective and/or current birth and adoptive parents.
Provide guidance and education on open adoption, the benefits, common worries/fears, and ongoing contact preferences
Support in navigating initial contact/communication, relationship building, and the emotional experiences in the adoption process
Joint discussions to strengthen connections/relationship, gain a mutual understanding of expectations / boundaries / contact preferences and creation of an open adoption agreement.
Adoption Support Counseling
for prospective adoptive parents
1:1 coaching to adopting parents expanding their family through adoption.
Basic education on the adoption process, best practices, supporting prospective and working with ethical adoption professionals & entities
Preparation for parenting an adopted child with a focus on ongoing emotional needs (i.e. understanding of grief/loss experience, planning for ongoing adoption conversations, as well as special considerations for transracial adoption, prenatal exposure to substances, medical and mental health family history, etc)
Guidance and support to home study approved adopting parents who are in the "wait period" or who have been "matched" with an expectant mother on how to navigate open & honest conversations, relationship building, and to prepare for the hospital stay and placement.
Pregnancy & Emotional Support Counseling
for expectant / birth parents
Advocacy and empowerment coaching to expectant / birth parents during the adoption process to ensure informed choices and decisions are made related to family building options, reproductive rights, adoptive family preferences, and desired level of openness in adoption.
Emotional coaching and support to expectant / birth parents pre-placement and/or post-placement to address grief/loss, planning for the hospital and placement experience, sharing adoption plan/story with loved ones, preparing or navigating role as birth mother/father, and working towards current/future personal goals.
for Adoptive Parents
1:1 coaching for adoptive parents navigating parenthood and the lifelong experience of adoption.
Building healthy and secure attachment & bond with your infant/child
Learn therapeutic and attachment-focused parenting techniques
Navigating adoption conversations and needs with your aging child.
Navigating ongoing relationships and connections with your child's birth parents / family