Post Adoption Support

One of the most helpful things in life is walking your journey with others who understand. Please spend some time looking through the support options available in Oklahoma. Check out the information below about current and active support groups available to adoptive families. Or, if you are interested in starting your own support group, check out the links below to some top-notch curriculum available to help guide your group’s discussions. And as always, if you would like to 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 Support Groups

Foster Care and Adoptive Association of Oklahoma

The Foster Care and Adoptive Association of Oklahoma (FCAO) is a non-profit created to encourage the recruitment, retention, training, and professional treatment of foster and adoptive families in Oklahoma. Their goal is to assist, support, and promote cooperation among foster care and adoptive professionals, biological families, child welfare staff, service providers, and volunteers in Oklahoma, helping to improve services for foster and adoptive children. There is information on this website of active support groups across the state, as well as connection to the staff for advice or encouragement.

Starting a Support Group!

Starting your own group can be a daunting task, but you don’t have to start from scratch! Check out the links below to some curriculum available to anyone interested in starting and leading your own adoption support group.

American Adoption Congress (PDF)

This document provides some great information on how to get started if you are interested in forming a new adoption support group. Included are some step-by-step tips of how to prepare to facilitate a support group and how to set up your own support group. Also included are some “helpful tips” on forming and running your own adoption support group.

NACAC, Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups; a Guide for Leaders (PDF)

This guide is older, but still full of excellent information and tips on starting a new adoptive parent support group. Written for adoptive, foster, and kinship parents interested in starting a new parent group.

NACAC Parent Group Training & Articles

This website holds many links to information and sites to help resource support group leaders. There are articles with information, such as parent resource curriculum, book club group meeting guide, and operating a warm line. Additionally, there are links to available trainings for support group leaders to learn more about providing support for families.

Leading Foster and Adoptive Parent Support Groups: A Guide for Social Workers (PDF)

Another oldie, but goodie! This is a guidebook created to assist social workers interested in starting a new support group for adoptive parents. This guide includes a chapter on how to facilitate group sessions and help foster beneficial conversations.