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Building a Village around Your Family: Why More is Best

By the time families reach Right Turn, they have often spent years managing a slue of professionals in (and out of) their lives. No matter how their family was formed – through international adoption, foster care, or even step parent or infant adoption – all have experienced home study workers, trainers, case managers, attorneys, therapists and so many others. After all of that, the idea of surrounding family with more people can seem daunting – yet necessary. There is a silver lining after finalization though – parents get to pick the people involved for their family now.

Parenting a child who has experienced trauma and loss and is adopted often changes things up a bit. When it comes to helping children heal from trauma and the losses inherent in adoption – families need to have strong team in place. Creating a supportive network of coordinated professionals to help children heal is of the upmost importance. A fragmented team only serves to exacerbate the existing family struggles or challenges. It is imperative to have a positive and open connection between the treatment providers and the rest of the team. This ensures everyone is on the same page in their work to support the family.

Our Permanency Support Specialists (PSS) work hard to pull together all the pieces of a family’s care and services. As families are comfortable, it is helpful to obtain releases of information to be able to reach out to existing providers and contact potential new providers for your family. This assists the PSS in providing the best possible support in reaching the goals the family identified.

One of our primary goals at Right Turn is to be sure families are connected to providers who are educated and competent in adoption and the issues commonly related. In addition, we often have the opportunity to provide education and information to other providers regarding adoption and trauma and loss. We regularly see the positive impact on families when we are able to provide support through coordination with schools, mental health providers, and others.