In the age of Google and tech-savvy toddlers, answers to questions about adoption are often just a click away. For adoptees looking to start the process of tracking down birth parents, these national websites offer a jumping-off point:
Adoption Registry Connect
Center for Adoption Support and Education
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Find My Family
How to Investigate
But while the information may be more accessible, the emotions surrounding adoption can still prove complicated. Here are local support groups and services for adoptees and their parents:
Bethany Christian Services
13 Rose St., Danbury; 203-791-8048
Aims to keep families together or find adoptive families for children when needed. Bethany also assists families who are looking to adopt and helps them overcome any barriers related to the process.
Casey Family Program
777 Main St., Bridgeport; 203-372-3722
Focuses on foster care and adoption and improving the child welfare system. The program aims to provide, improve, and prevent the need for foster care. It provides safe, healthy development for children while helping them exit foster care.
Connecticut Adoption and? Family Services
2 Union Plaza, Suite 300, ?New London?; 860-444-0553
Creates, strengthens, and supports adoptive families. Counseling is available for birth parents considering adoption and those considering adopting a child. Resources for adoptive parents and birth parents are also available.
Fairfield Counseling Services
125 Penfield Road, Fairfield; 203-259-5300
Offers a range of services, including individual and family counseling and couples mediation.
Family and Children’s Agency
9 Mott Ave., Norwalk; 203-855-8765?
An adoption agency offering domestic and international adoption services. Programs such as counseling and parenting education are offered for families throughout the adoption process. After placement, the agency continues to serve families with support services.
Jewish Family Service of? New Haven
1440 Whalley Ave., New Haven; 203-389-5599
Provides home studies, birth parent counseling, pre- and post-adoption services, and open adoptions. Education and training for adoptive parents is also offered. Counseling is available for families and individuals experiencing adoption and foster care.
National Adoption Foundation
36 Mill Plain Road, Danbury; firstname.lastname@example.org
The foundation is dedicated to providing support, information, and services to adoptive parents pre- and post-adoption.
The Connecticut Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents
2189 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 2, Rocky Hill; 860-258-3400
The organization is dedicated to providing families with informational and external resources. The advocacy and outreach program develops initiatives to build stronger relationships within the adoptive community. The association runs support programs to help foster and adoptive families meet the needs of Connecticut’s kids.