Adoption is an event that has a life-long effect on everyone involved. Adoption brings unique rewards as well as challenges to families, and sometimes families will need or want professional help as concerns, challenges, or problems arise. Timely intervention by a professional skilled in adoption-related issues often can prevent issues common to adoption from becoming more serious problems that might be more difficult to resolve. However, locating a therapist that has the expertise in working with adoptive families is not an easy task. In fact, a survey on the experiences of adoptive families with mental health professionals reported in the journal Adoption Quarterly found that only a quarter of the 485 respondents believed the mental health professional working with their family was adoption competent. The Knowledge Center recently partnered with Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, a local adoption expert, to develop a one-page tip-sheet for adoptive parents on how to locate an adoption competent behavioral health professional. The tip-sheet includes questions a parent can ask a potential therapist to gauge their adoption expertise, some indicators of a good adoption competent therapist, and links to local and national resources to help a parent locate a therapist.
This information is provided by the Department of Mental Health