No matter which side of the adoption triad you find yourself--adoptee, birth parent, or adoptive parent--there is ample information available to you. You'll read about adopting domestically and internationally, what to experience during pregnancy and how to sort through your options for an unplanned pregnancy, how to sort through emotions as an adult adoptee and how to begin the reunion journey, and advice for foster parenting and general parenting.
There is support available to all members of the triad--support groups, professional counselors, adoption professionals, and family and friends. Even though you may feel like it, you're never alone. If you need support, reach out for it. There is no reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed. It takes courage to ask for help, no matter your situation. You can also share your experiences and your wisdom with others in similar situations.
Whether you're looking to place or to adopt, it's important to sort through all of your options. Take the time to research and study. Don't make a final decision until you're ready. Once you feel that you're ready for the next few steps of your journey, move forward with hope and confidence. Below is a list of local/regional organizations that assist in the adoption process:
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc.
Phone: (757) 467-7707
Address: 4855 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Services: Cooperative Parenting (Mediation), Pre-Marital Classes, Counseling, Consumer Credit Counseling, Anger Management, Adoption Services, Short-Term Foster Care
Web Site: www.cceva.org/index.php/services/8-services/21-adoption
Jewish Family Service of Tidewater
Phone: (757) 459-4640
Address: 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Services: Divorce and Grief Support Groups for Children, Counseling, Adoption Program, Parent Resource Center, and a Variety of Services for Children
Web Site: http://jfshamptonroads.org/services/adoption-services/
Phone: (757) 622-7017
Address: 222 West 19th Street, Norfolk, VA 23517
Services: Adoption Services, Summer Recreational Programs for Children with Disabilities, Early Childhood STEP Parent Education, Foster Care Services, Mentoring, Violence Prevention Services
Web Site: http://theupcenter.org/how-we-help/children/foster-care-adoption/
Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
Phone: (757) 437-3539
Address: 3432 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Services: Financial Assistance, Social Services (Child Protective Services), Mental Health Services, Adoption, Foster Care, Assessments and Referrals
Web Site: www.vbgov.com/government/departments/human-services/your-dhs/Pages/adoption.aspx
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