We do not yet know if services and supports were known or accessed by this family. However, as a result of our Post Adoption Survey we do know that post adoption services and supports are woefully inadequate to meet the needs of adoptive families. And access to quality services can be limited by geographic location, language barriers, financial considerations, legal consequences, job security, and insurance coverage.
PEAR hopes that the adoption community takes this chance to reach out to those in crisis and offer support. We hope that the current attention and funding being funneled into increasing adoption programs and options includes research studies and emphasis on post adoption services, supports and treatment. Children should not be placed with adults who are unprepared and unable to parent them. Communities need to be better prepared to meet the needs of children. No one should feel alone…no one should feel that sending a unaccompanied child back to his/her birth country is the solution to difficulties in caring for a traumatized child.
PEAR’s mission is to ensure that all adoptive families are provided:
- the opportunity to make a wholly informed and educated decision to adopt;
- a system that is transparent, ethical, economical, and respects the rights of families of origin, the laws of governments involved, the adoptive and prospective adoptive parents, and most importantly the children;
- a choice of agencies that operate legally, ethically, responsibly and in the interest of the adults and children they serve;
- access to support services and resources post adoption;
- official representation before the bodies that govern and oversee adoption providers.
PEAR will launch a three-part series called Crises in Adoptions soon. Part 1 will be a list of crises resources for adoptive families. Part 2 will debunk myths about the availability and quality of post adoption services and options including dissolution of adoptions. Part 3 will discuss solutions to the current international adoption process.
Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.