Families built by adoption and foster care face unique challenges.  It’s important to work with a professional who understands the trauma, attachment, cultural, grief, loss, and biological influences all at work within the adoptive family.

Teens who were adopted or are in foster care are beginning to ask more questions and have more understanding of their story.  Finding your identity as an adopted teen creates its own challenges which may make this stage in life especially difficult for both parent and teen.  Matters of the Heart Counseling offers support groups for teens and parents.  We have an adoptive teen group that meets periodically throughout the year which covers topics such as Loyalty, Permanence, Identity, Missing & Difficult Information, Difference, and Reasons for Adoption.

Young adult adoptees also find themselves in a new phase of life as they explore their independence, search for significant life partners, and experience new questions and perspectives on their adoption they have not encountered before.

Parents who adopted or provide foster care sometimes wonder why they chose this life. You may often feel alone and inadequate, barely having enough strength to make it through the day or get out of bed in the morning to face another challenge.

Working with an adoption competent professional can provide the extra support and hope your family needs during challenging times.

Our agency supports an adoption support group funded by SWAN that meets Monthly.  We also offer teen adoption groups periodically throughout the year.