Post Adoption Resources

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You are not alone after adoption!

There are numerous local and national resources available to you and your family while navigating the life of adoption. For resources divided by topic and state/national availability, click on the links below. If you would rather speak to a Post Adoption staff member to discuss your needs and questions, please email CWS.PostAdoptionHelp@okdhs.org or call us at (405) 521-2475.

Oklahoma Specific Resources

Mental Health Resources

Oklahoma TF-CBT

TF-CBT stands for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is an evidence-based intervention that is considered best practice in the treatment of children who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On this page you can find information about the treatment as well as a list of TF-CBT trained therapists in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Autism Network

The Oklahoma Autism Network is a statewide organization that was created in October of 2003 to support individuals across the full autism spectrum from diagnosis through adulthood. There are a number of resources and support the Oklahoma Autism Network provides, including information and referral, direct services, and parent-led and community-led organizations across the state.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children, to see the “whole child” in their care and help that child reach his highest potential.

HALO Project 

HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving, Outreach) Project provides a variety of programs designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of children and teens who have been adopted as well as those who have been impacted by traumatic events. One of these programs is a 10-week intensive counseling program for families whose children are 3-18 years old. The program utilizes the concepts and strategies of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI).

Heartline Youth Crisis Mobile

When a young person is in crisis – behavioral or emotional, physical or social, at home or at school – the crisis mobile response team can help. The team is available to provide support in crisis situations over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The team will work to connect the young person with local mental health professionals who can come to their home in 1- to 24-hours. The call is free at 1-833-885-2273.

Tax Credit or Other Financial Assistance

NACAC OK Adoption Assistance Program

This page provides the most comprehensive list of contacts and information on the adoption assistance benefits that are available to families who adopt children from foster care in Oklahoma. Additionally, you can find information on the monthly payments according to age of child and child’s needs (also called “difficulty of care” or DOC).

Other Resources

Sooner Success

The purpose of Sooner SUCCESS is to promote a comprehensive, coordinated system of health, social and educational services for Oklahoma children and youth with special needs…in their community. Too often, families who have children with special needs don’t know where to turn for services, help, or equipment. Sooner SUCCESS connects families to services in their community that will meet their child’s unique needs.

Smart Start Central Oklahoma 

Smart Start Central Oklahoma is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring children receive the smart start they need and deserve. They work to ensure children are healthy, safe, eager to learn, and ready to succeed by the time they enter school. Check out this website to learn more about the solutions Smart Start seeks to provide to Oklahoma families.

Oklahoma Parents Center

The Oklahoma Parents Center specializes in special education support for people with disabilities from birth to age 26 and their families. Navigating through the special education process can be overwhelming and complex. OPC staff is here to equip you with the tools you need to understand the system, work with service providers and schools, and advocate for your student or yourself.

Soonercare Provider Directory

Search for Oklahoma providers in your area and in your network.

National Adoption Resources

Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE)

The Center for Adoption Support and Education is the national leader in mental health services for the adoption and foster care community. Their mission is to improve the lives of children who have been adopted or are in foster care and their families through counseling, lifelong education, and a growing national network of trained professionals. Parents and professionals can access information, trainings, and resources regarding adoption competent mental health and best practices for adoptive families.

National American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

NACAC is a national source for information, support, and advocacy for adoptive families and children. One of their main goals is to connect adoptive parents to support whether in their local area or national support. Additionally, NACAC help youth create and develop advocacy and support networks. Check out this website to be connected to support and find training resources and opportunities.

National Council for Adoption

NCFA is the nation’s top authority on adoption issues, including domestic infant adoption, international adoption, and adoption from foster care. The agency works tirelessly to increase public understanding of adoption and promote a positive image of adoption as a loving way to build nurturing, permanent families. Visit this website to find webinars, trainings, and reading on the most current adoption research and policies/practices.

LGBTQIA+ Resources

OKEQ (Tulsa)

Support groups for transgender youth and loved ones of transgender people on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm.

Q Space (OKC)

Support group for teens that meets every Thursday at Northcare from 5-9pm.

PFLAG (OKC)

Resource list for education, crisis intervention, legal support, literature, mental health care, primary healthcare, testing, and youth & young adult groups.

Transracial Adoption Resources

Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care

A book about natural hair styling tips for parents raising African American daughters.

A Parent’s Guide to Natural Hair Care for Girls

A how-to guide for healthy and gorgeous black hair plus an introduction to natural hairstyles.

PACT, an Adoption Alliance, compiled two separate lists of books for babies and toddlers and preschoolers pertaining to race and adoption. Books for Babies and Toddlers About Adoption, Race and Family and Books for Preschoolers About Adoption, Race and Family.

Books for Adoptive Families

Books for Parents

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
Sherrie Eldridge

With warmth and candor, Sherrie Eldridge reveals the twenty complex emotional issues you must understand to nurture the child you love–that he must grieve his loss now if he is to receive love fully in the future–that she needs honest information about her birth family no matter how painful the details may be–and that although he may choose to search for his birth family, he will always rely on you to be his parents.

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens
Debbie Riley

Working with adopted adolescents is complex. The key to successful therapy and healthy development is to help the adolescent discover and accept the person within. Parents will discover: the six most common adoption stuck spots, the complexities of adoption, the adopted teen’s quest for identity, and how therapy may help the adoptive families learn and grow together.

Inside Transracial Adoption
Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg

This is the classic authoritative guide to navigating the challenges and issues that parents face when they adopt a child of a different race and/or culture. Filled with real-life examples and specific strategies for success, the book explores in-depth the realities of raising a child of color, whether in a multicultural or a predominantly white community. Readers will learn how to help children adopted transracially or transnationally build a strong sense of identity, so that they will feel at home both in their new family and in their racial group or culture of origin. 

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Traumatized Children
Daniel A. Hughes

Presents a composite case study of one child’s developmental course following years of abuse and neglect. Offers effective methods for facilitating attachment in children who have experienced serious trauma. The text emphasizes both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting strategies often necessary in facilitating a child’s psychological development and attachment security. Hughes steps through an integrated intervention model that blends attachment and trauma theories with the most current research as well as general principles of both parenting and child and family therapy.

Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life
Casey Gwinn & Chan Hellman

Hope is the most predictive indicator of well-being in a person’s life in all the research done on trauma, illness, and resiliency. Hope Rising provides a roadmap to measure hope in your life, assess what may have robbed you of the power of hope, and then provides strategies to increase hope. It challenges every reader to be transparent and honest about their own stories of struggle and adversity, calls for the end of shame and blame in addressing the struggles of those who have experienced trauma, illness, or abuse, and provides practical ways to increase your Hope score.

Books for Children

A Terrible Thing Happened
Margaret Holmes

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first, he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason.  Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better. This gently told story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode.

Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children
Caroline Sheppard

Presents a composite case study of one child’s developmental course following years of abuse and neglect. Offers effective methods for facilitating attachment in children who have experienced serious trauma. The text emphasizes both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting strategies often necessary in facilitating a child’s psychological development and attachment security. Hughes steps through an integrated intervention model that blends attachment and trauma theories with the most current research as well as general principles of both parenting and child and family therapy.

The Invisible String
Patrice Karst

The Invisible String is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. “People who love each other are always connected by a very special string, made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.

Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story
Lori Rosove

Rosie’s Family is a story about belonging in a family regardless of differences. Rosie is a beagle who was adopted by schnauzers. She feels different from the rest of her family, including her brother, who is the biological child of her parents, and sets forth many questions that children who were adopted may have.

Brown Like Me
Noelle Lamperti

This book will speak to any child trying to find herself reflected in the people and things around her.  Brown Like Me is a fun and inventive way to encourage young children in multi-racial families to take pride in themselves and their appearance. The little girl, Noelle, is an African American adoptee raised in a Caucasian family. She identifies the color of brown in everything around her – brown leaves, brown sand, brown eyes, and brown skin – ending with the words, “I am strong brown.” It is easy to reinforce this concept by finding brown with your child in their everyday world.

More Books for Parents and Children