Benefits of Post-Adoption Counseling
By: Cindy Ridgway
Post adoption counseling can be experienced individually, as a family, or in a group setting. Parent Group adoption counseling is one type of therapy that offers tremendous support for families going through the adoption process. Sharing experiences as you navigate through the journey of adoption can be extremely beneficial. While the insights of the counselor are important, so much can be gained by simple knowing that you are not alone. Often times, families can feel overwhelmed during their experience. By taking part in adoption counseling, families will have the support and tools needed to endure the sometimes grueling process of adoption.
The adoptive child will benefit as well from adoption counseling. Many children who are adopted have experience complex trauma through attachment disruption, neglect, and/or abuse. If these issues are not addressed in therapy, it can be extremely difficult for the child to adapt and succeed in their new surroundings. For the child, adoption counseling/therapy is not only beneficial, but is often times absolutely necessary for the child to learn new adaptation skills in order to be successful and happy. Of course, the type of therapy needed will differ with the age of the child, but therapy is instrumental in teaching the child how to appropriately express feelings, while aiding the child in healing from trauma and forming