Post Adoption is the time after an adoption is finalized by the court. Both immediately after and years after an adoption finalized various feelings and behaviors can arise in adopted children and within their families. Adoptees will often experience feelings of loss, rejection, grief, and struggles with identity. These feelings can impact the family unit and cause strife between members due to misunderstandings and struggles with communication.
Adoption Promotion Support Services (APSS) is a service that is provided to families who have completed an adoption and are now facing challenges that impact the family as a result to circumvent disruption. The services are also provided where the children/youth have adoption as their permanency plan when a family may or may not have been identified as the potential adoptive parent(s). The APSS case managers provide adoption specific education and linkages, to other needed services. They support the children/youth and potential adoptive parents through the process of finalizing their adoption. APSS Case Managers also provide on-going community training on topics that impact the adoption community. The adoption process does not end once a child is adopted, which is why Penny Lane offers lifelong post adoption support to all adoptees, adoptive families, birth parents, and other loved ones.
The Post Adoption Services (PAS) Unit is available for all adoptive families whose adoption have been final for at least six months. PAS social workers provide support, information about community resources and recent literature about adoption to all members of the adoption triad: adoptees, adoptive families, and birth families. (If your finalization is within six months, your prior Adoption CSW will assist you with services.)
The Post Adoption Services Unit can be reached by calling: (800) 735-4984. There are no fees for Post Adoption Services. Adoptive families can contact the PAS Unit if their child is having emotional or behavioral problems and a PAS Unit social worker will provide information about community resources. Referrals can also be made to educational and other therapeutic resources.
Adoption Promotion & Support Services are also available to adoptive families who are facing challenges in parenting their children, need individual, family and group therapy and could benefit from mentors and support groups for their adoptive children. For those families needing more intense services, Wraparound services are now available to adoptive families. Adoptive families can contact PAS for APSS referral, and an application for Wraparound services.
Consider donating to Adoptions Promotion Support Services and help create families in Los Angeles County. Your donation of $50 would help purchase a birthday gift for a child or youth in foster care. Your donation of $100 would help purchase a uniform or a registration for recreational activities.