Seeking Professional Help
There is no shame in asking for help. Parent's cannot be experts in all areas of medical and mental health. Building a supportive professional network truly enables families to resolve and prevent future problems. Our client’s live all over the world and their access to professional help varies immensely. When seeking professional help verify that the health professional is adoption competent, licensed and trained in evidence-based interventions. For example, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) has the most successful treatment for children and adolescents (ages 3-18) that have trauma centered problems.
Talking with other parents can also help in getting recommendations of creditable health professionals in your area. Fortunately, the internet can help client’s access professional health services from home. Conference call counseling services are becoming more common. However, for a child or adolescence the face to face contact builds trust and starts an open dialogue. If onsite professional help is available this should be the treatment of choice. AAPA post adoption services is where we truly seek to help connect your family to resources so that everyone in the family can thrive. If you have major concerns, please contact your AAPA caseworker directly. This resource guide is not an all-inclusive list, rather a tool to help you access the information you need.