What Is A Adoption Support Agreement

While many families would have been willing to adopt without the subsidy because nearly half of families adopting foster children are in low-income households, the subsidies undoubtedly reduce the financial stress of adoption and allow them to provide a better home for their adopted children. As shown in Figure 7, the most common adoption-specific support received is participation in parent training (38%), meeting with someone from the adoption agency to discuss post-adoption services (36%), and participating in parent support groups (29%). Two less common services are participation in child support groups and recreational care; 10 percent of children aged 5 and older have ever participated in a support group, and 9 percent of children have a parent who has already had a break during use. There are no state-funded postal adoption services in Washington. In the Seattle area, there is a parent support group, Adoptive Friends and Families of Greater Seattle (AFFGS). For more information, call www.affgs.org or call 425-243-7725. [1] The experiences of adopted children and adolescents, including history of abuse and neglect, age of adoption later, prenatal drug exposure, and placement in multiple nursing homes prior to adoption, have been identified as risk factors for symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional challenge disorder (ODD) (Simmel et al., 2001). Attachment disorders, which can result from extremely neglected care very early in life, are also a particular problem for adopted children who have been cared for due to gross neglect and/or who have experienced multiple foster homes early in life, and for some internationally adopted children who have not been inadequately cared for in orphanages, for example, see: Howe and Fearnley, 2003.; Hughes, 1999; Strijker, et al., 2008; van den Drieset al., 2009). Click here for information on renegotiating an existing adoption support agreement.