The Adoptive Family Support Program, established in 1995, recognizes that adoption is a lifelong experience. We are committed to offering families support throughout their journey together. We offer adoption competent, innovative, and comprehensive services to help families with their unique needs related to adoption. The program, which promotes healthy attachments, offers services to children and their families after placement and finalization. Services are available to any adoptive family in the Central Virginia area. The Adoptive Family Support Program staff helps families anticipate, identify, and respond to issues that affect the adoptive family. A range of adoption support, education, and clinical assessment and treatment services is available.
What's Unique about Our Adoptive Family Support Program
Services offered are adoption and trauma competent and builds on strengths of the child and family. If the program is unable to offer a needed service, we work with the family to connect them with the appropriate service provider. We have established collaborative relationships with numerous service providers in an effort to meet the needs of adoptive families. We have also initiated a program called “Pathways to Healing.” Through this federally funded model demonstration project, C2Adopt developed a comprehensive assessment protocol for children and their families, who are challenged by attachment and/or trauma and loss issues. This clinical assessment provides objective information about the neurological, sensory, and adaptive developmental, and emotional functioning of a child as well as information about the parent-child relationship.
- Clinical assessment, which may include completion of standardized instruments and the Marschak Interaction Methodlinical assessment, which may include completion of standardized instruments and the Marschak Interaction Method
- Clinical services including individual and family counseling
- Specialized clinical interventions, such as Theraplay ® (www.Theraplay.org) and Family Attachment Narrative Therapy (www.familyattachment.com)
Adoptive Family Preservation Services (AFP)
C2Adopt is the Central Virginia site for the statewide Adoptive Family Preservation Project, which is a program funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services and administered by UMFS. Any adoptive family living in the Central Virginia region, regardless of where the adoption took place, is eligible for services.
- Information and resource referral
- Clinical case management, including service coordination with schools and other service providers
- Consultation regarding adoption and attachment issues, including talking with your child about adoption
- Special events for families
- Adoptive Parent Support Group
- Educational programs and training workshops
- Search and reunion information, referral, and services
- Respite information and referral
Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible services?
Any adoptive family within the Central Virginia region.
What is the cost of services?
Some services are available at no charge to families. Adoption assistance, grant funding, and family self-pay are explored. An individualized funding plan is developed for fee based services.
How do I request services?
Call (804) 354-1881 and ask to speak with the Adoptive Family Support intake worker.
How do I request becoming a member of the virtual support group?
Contact the Adoptive Parent liaison at 804.354.1881.
What is a clinical assessment?
This process provides information that helps the clinician assist a family with recommendations for appropriate treatment services. Components of the assessment are determined by the child’s age, presenting challenges, and the needs of the family. It may include a parent interview, child interview, completion of standardized assessment instruments, and the Marschak Interaction Method, which is videotaped. A comprehensive assessment provides objective information about the neurological, sensory, and adaptive developmental, and emotional functioning of a child and information about the parent-child relationship.
What clinical treatment services are available?
We provide individual and family therapy that may incorporate components of Theraplay ® and Family Attachment Narrative Therapy. Our services are adoption-competent, family-focused, and strength-based.