Post-Adoption Services FAQ

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As I’m nearing my one year anniversary coordinating the Post-Adoption Services program at Parents Place I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with many Sonoma Country families. From our discussions, I’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions about the program. I hope it is helpful to you and those you know who might want to utilize our unique services. — Robin Ratner, MSW, Post-Adoption Services Coordinator

Q: Can all Sonoma adoptive families utilize Parents Place’s Post-Adoption Services or just adoptive families formed with the help of Sonoma County, Family, Youth and Children’s Services (FYC)?

A: Parents Place’s Post-Adoption Services works with ALL families formed by adoption in Sonoma County. This includes families who have adopted children through Sonoma County FYC as well as those who have adopted children privately, whether domestically or internationally.

Q: Our Adoption Social Worker gave us a referral form to Parents Place many years ago, but we never contacted you then. Can we contact you now that our child is older to receive services?

A: Yes! We hear from some families at adoption finalization and other families choose to contact us when they have a specific issue to address or need help navigating a developmental stage. Post-Adoption Services is here for your family when you need assistance.

Q: How much does it cost to use your services? Can I use my child’s MediCal coverage?

A: Parent Consultations, workshops, educational trainings, groups, and social events are free of charge. For counseling services please contact us so that we can schedule an assessment of your needs. Yes, we DO accept MediCal.

Q: I’m interested in joining a parent’s support group but can’t commit to attending every month. Can I come month-to-month when I know I can make it?

A: Participants are free to come when their schedule permits and there is no commitment to attending every month. Some months we have professionals present to the group and other months we focus on specific adoption and child development related topics. Some adoptive parents come every month while others choose their participation based on the topics or speakers that are most helpful and appropriate to their needs.

Our Parent Support Group meets every third Tuesday of month from 6:00 -7:45 pm and we run a concurrent children’s group in the playroom. (RSVP is required for both the group and the children’s group.)

Q: Will you be offering Lifebooks again?

A: Yes! The creation and sharing of an adoption Lifebook promotes understanding, trust and healing. We’re pleased to let you know that there will be a Lifebook group starting this fall.

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