Adoption Support Quarterly Newsletter - Fall 2023

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Fall 2023 Issue:

Welcome, Adoptive Families to the first Quarterly Adoptive Family Newsletter

By adding to your family through adoption, you have made a life-changing commitment to your child that will come with joys and challenges.

We know that adoption is both an event and a journey and does not end once the adoption decree is finalized. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families wants adoptive families to feel supported at every stage of the adoption journey.

This Newsletter is meant to build a connection between adoptive families and the Adoption Support program to provide ongoing information and education about the services and supports we can provide to your family post-adoption, as well as other resources available that can help you in parenting your child. We know that parenting is never easy, but adoptive families may face unique issues related to adoption. Post-adoption services can be beneficial in assisting adoptive families to embrace their new family identity, and be there to support challenges you may face. We encourage families to reach out for support whenever it is needed.

Visit DCYF's Adoption Support Webpage!

Adoption Support Program | Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Adoption Support is Here to Help!


Please reach out to us at anytime!

Lindsay Rajic, MSW Adoption Support Program Manager 425-463-6974

Adoption Support Information Sessions

Join Us to Learn More About:

  • Adoption Support program
  • Eligibility and application process
  • Benefits available through the program

Adoption Support Information Sessions occur the first Wednesday of every month.

Pick the time slot that works best for your schedule.

12-1 p.m. |  Meeting Registration - Zoom

6-7 p.m. | Meeting Registration - Zoom

Role of the Adoption Support Program

loving family

We often say that while a child is in dependency, the department is co-parenting with you to help ensure each child’s needs are met. As an Adoptive parent, you are now in the driver’s seat in making decisions for your child and family. Adoption Support is available in the background as you need us, to support you on that journey in a variety of ways.

Adoption Support Services

family under a roof

You may have adopted six months ago, or you may have adopted 16 years ago! As an agency, we are continually learning more about the needs of adopted children and families, and our program and supports continue to grow to meet those needs. We want to make sure all families are informed and aware of the various benefits and supports we can provide, so you can access services at the right time. Our program and staff may be able to assist with the following:

  • Assistance in accessing contracted In-Home Services
  • Assistance in paying directly for outpatient mental health support for your child, family, or you, as the parent
  • Renegotiating monthly maintenance payments, based on changes in your child’s needs or the circumstances of your family
  • Opening or closing medical coverage when you move to a new state of residence
  • One-time financial support if your family faces hardship due to an unforeseen family situation (up to $1500.00)
  • Promoting & Supporting Permanency Committee funds
  • Informal referrals to other services and supports outside our scope of work

Have questions about any of these resources? Feel free to reach out to us at any time via phone or email, and we can connect you with your assigned Adoption Support Consultant.

Service Spotlight: In-Home and Evidence Based Practices

mother and daughter

Did you know you can have access to certain In-Home and Evidence Based Practices as an adoptive family? These types of services are designed to strengthen and stabilize your family, and promote safety. These services may be delivered in your home, the community or an agency. Providers work alongside families to identify family strengths, offer support around family routines, and manage stressful situations.

Please contact our program directly to learn more!

Meet the Adoption Support Team

Adoption support team in a group photo

We like to describe our amazing Adoption Support team as small, but mighty. We currently have 10 wonderful adoption support consultants, who serve the 17,000 children, youth & families, who receive Adoption Support benefits from Washington State.

The role of the consultant differs in many ways from the role of the caseworker prior to adoption finalization. The main role of the consultant is to manage the Adoption Support Agreement and benefits, which may include:

  • Renegotiating monthly maintenance payments
  • Assisting your family in accessing services as part of the adoption support agreement
  • Updating your address
  • Requesting medical in a new state of residence
  • Providing information on available resources

Resources for Adoptive Families

Washington State Specific:

  • Adoption Support Website - Our website offers information on internal and external resources available to families. We keep it updated on an ongoing basis.
  • Adoption Support Informational Sessions - While these sessions are geared more for families prior to adoption finalization, anyone is welcome to attend as a refresher for our program and connect with team members.

Did you know as an adoptive parent, you have access to FREE trainings and discussion groups offered through The Alliance? They provide trainings on hundreds of topics in various formats, including e-learnings, webinars, in-person trainings, and discussion groups, with topics ranging from Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) to ABC’s of Autism, Behaviors, and Coping Strategies.

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