Foundations Counseling knows every adoption story is different. Whether you were adopted, you are considering adopting, you have adopted, or your family has adopted, you will have your own story. The counselors at Foundations Counseling are experienced in providing services to meet your needs wherever you are in your journey of adoption.
Adoption can be a voyage through complicated emotions and entangled feelings, but it is also a journey of joy and hope. Growth and development continue throughout the life span, and it is never too late for you or your child to reach their full potential.
Those who choose to parent an adopted child need an understanding of the issues faced by the child as well as their own support. Foundations Counseling will offer both. Your own history greatly impacts your parenting. If you have been impacted by infertility, it is important to work through the effects this has had on you, your marriage, and your family. Whether or not infertility has been a part of the decision making process to adopt, it is necessary to discover how to work through your own issues of abandonment and loss. Pre-adoption counseling will enable you to better help your adoptive children work through their own feelings. Understanding your expectations of adoption will better aid you in the process of adoption and prepare you for when you are raising an adopted child.
Counseling During Adoption
As you move forward in the adoption process, Foundations Counseling will offer you a safe haven to process the life transition as you prepare for home visits or homeland tours. Through adoption counseling, you will have the opportunity to explore your expectations, anxieties, joys, and sorrows as you navigate the adoption journey.
Post Adoption Counseling & Therapy
Adoption is a multifaceted process, which can result in numerous presenting concerns. Whether you or your child were adopted at birth or as teenagers, it is common to need to address feelings around separation and loss, trust, guilt, identity, intimacy, and develop a mastery of self-control. Some of the therapeutic needs of those who are a part of an adoption process may be:
- Attachment and Relationship Building
- The Adoptee's Non-Responsiveness to the Parent's Love
- Blended Family Issues
- Transracial / Transcultural Parenting
- Expectations and Anticipations of Adoption
- Preparing for Homeland Tours
- Life Transitions
- How to Tell Your Child He or She is Adopted
- Searching for Birth Families
- Marital Issues
- Post-Adoption Depression
- Healing from Child Abuse or Trauma
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Communication Concerns
- Identity Development
- Abandonment Issues
- Grief / Loss
- Anger Management
- Guilt and Shame
- Withdrawing Behaviors
- Stealing and Hoarding Behaviors
- Compulsive Lying
Contact us for a free consultation for your adoption counseling needs.