Children’s Service Society is a non-profit, child welfare agency. Our programs include of Care about Childcare, Grand families, Utah Parents in Action, and Adoption. We have a Domestic Infant Adoption Program in which we provide all adoption related services and we can also just write home studies for families intending to complete a private adoption with an attorney.
We are the only agency in the State of Utah that has a contract with the State of Utah’s Department of Child and Family Services to write home studies for families looking to adopt children out of state custody. We also do post-adoption therapy for anyone touched by adoption. In addition, we have a Connections program helping adoptees find their birth family or vice versa. We pride ourselves in being Utah’s leading ethical adoption provider.
Utah policy allows for many unethical adoptions to happen. We are glad to say that we do not participate in unethical adoptions. We give thorough non-coercive options counseling to expectant parents providing education in adoption as well as lifelong support. We notify all birth-fathers if possible.
If expectant parents do not make a plan of adoption, we support them further by connecting them with our Parents in Action home visitation program where a parent educator comes to their home to discuss child development, parenting, as well as providing activities for parents and children to do together. If expectant parents need financial assistance including housing, we connect them to community resources that can set them up for long term success instead of putting them up in a short term home and then taking away that support once they have made the adoption plan like many other places do.
We get as much information about their social and medical background before matching them with an adoptive family. We facilitate match meetings between expectant parents and adoptive parents to help them get to know one another and help make plans for the adoption. This allows that lifelong relationship to start on the right track. We also educate adoptive parents on being their child’s best advocate as well as understanding any risks (legal or medical) that could come with a match with an expectant parent.
We hold support groups for adoptive parents, birth mothers, and adult adoptees.
Our most recent adoptive parent group was a Love and Logic educational class taught by Healthy Relationships Utah.
Our next birth mother support group is on January 12th. Our next adult adoptee support group is on December 15th. We are also hosting a simulcast of the Empowered to Connect Conference on April 28-29th teaching adoptive and foster families about Trust-Based Relational Intervention taught by Dr. Purvis.
Please look for part two of this segment to post on the blog shortly.
Written by Allison Sheffield, Adoption Specialist at Children’s Service Society
to learn more about Children’s Service Society, transracial adoption, or any adoption questions, contact Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-326-4371.