Beginning the adoption process often feels overwhelming. Finding out where to start is a good first step. Luckily, there are a variety of adoption resources available to prospective adoptive families. Below, we have outlined some of those resources for people looking to welcome a new addition to their family.
- Tennessee State Adoption Assistance Program ⇨ Programs exist which financially assist prospective adoptive families. Children may qualify for either state or federal assistance. The program assists with private adoptions, as well as adoptions out of foster care. If you’d like to determine your eligibility, click here.
- Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) ⇨ offers training, education, and crisis management for adoptive families.
- Harmony Family Center’s Therapeutic Services ⇨ For East Tennesseans who may not know, Harmony Family Center is a resource right in the heart of Maryville. While Harmony offers a variety of services, one of the most vital services they provide is individual and family therapy for adoptive children. With a focus on the Neurosequential Model, Harmony tailors care to a child’s specific needs.
- Childwelfare.gov: Transracial/Transcultural Families ⇨ This compilation of essays, studies, and parenting guides focuses on transracial adoptions. It is important that white families in particular take special care to educate themselves before adopting a child that faces unique structural barriers due to race.
If you are thinking about expanding your family, the above adoption resources are a good starting point. In regards to legal guidance and assistance with the adoption process, the team at Held Law Firm is prepared to help you navigate the often overwhelming path toward adoption. Give us a call at (865) 685-4780 or fill out our website’s contact form to schedule a free consult.