November is National Adoption Month, which holds a special place in my heart. You see, our daughter was adopted. She’s a teenager now, but I can remember the day we brought her home like it was two minutes ago. In fact, my mother-in-law threw a baby shower for us on National Adoption Day, which is Saturday, November 23rd this year.
We’ve been very fortunate that our daughter does not seem to have any major health or behavioral issues related to her adoption, but we know many adoptive parents struggle with these situations. The process of adoption can be a miraculous experience, and it can also be filled with challenges. Often in family preservation services, it is said that we’re working to preserve birth families, but I prefer the term “family of origin”.
The National Family Preservation Network has studied the use of intensive family preservation services with adoptive families. The IFPS model has been shown to have a significant impact on adoptive families’ ability to stay intact, especially one year following case closure. Here are links to the research studies: https://www.nfpn.org/Portals/0/Documents/ifps-adoptreport.pdf & https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2006.00426.x
In addition, the NCFAS-G tool is very beneficial in identifying areas of need, developing service plans, and assessing progress for adoptive families. Here is a link to more information on the NCFAS-G: https://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfas-g-sample
Yes, adoption is a beautiful thing and there is good reason to believe that IFPS can be very helpful to adoptive families who are experiencing difficulties. Now if I could just get my daughter to clean her room …
Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director