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Post Adoption FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Post Adoption

What are the ages that UMCH Family Services sees?

UMCH Family Services serves children from 4 to 22 years of age.

What is the difference between counseling and post adoption counseling?

Many adopted children struggle with attachment and experience grief and loss. Our staff is trained in trauma-informed care addressing these issues, as well as other typical concerns for children and families of adoption. Our post adoption clinicians help families understand the emotional and behavioral manifestations of a child’s past while building skills to support the happiness and health of the family.

How does a child or adolescent get seen for post adoption counseling?

Referrals can be made over the phone, by fax or through email.  You can make a referral here.

What information is needed to request services?

Have your insurance payer information handy. Often the Intake Staff can verify Medicaid information while you are on the phone. We are happy to call your insurance company to get all the information you need on co-pays and deductibles. UMCH Family Services also accepts PASSS funding for post adoption services.

What happens when we come in for an appointment?

The first appointment takes about 1 ½ hours. During this appointment admission paperwork is completed, including consents, HIPAA, and client rights forms. The clinician will then gather background information; including the reason the family is seeking supportive services. This helps determine the diagnosis and best course of treatment, just as your physician would do when you see them.

What happens once we have the initial meeting?

The clinician along with the parent/guardian and child will develop a treatment plan. This treatment plan will outline the goals, steps to reaching the goals, frequency and types of service. Everyone will sign the plan to show agreement.

As a parent/guardian, what do I need to do?

You are a vital part of the team!It is important to have regular contact with the service provider. Parent or guardian participation occurs in several ways and depends on the child and family’s needs.We believe that children get healthier when the most important people in their lives are involved. That way everyone is a part of the solution.

How will I know when counseling is over?

The desired goals are identified at the beginning of treatment, and progress is reviewed periodically throughout the process. We also use a tool called Ohio Scales to measure a child’s functioning and problem areas, and their changes during treatment. Parent/caregivers’ input, and clinician’s assessment of progress, are considered when ending counseling services. Counseling can resume should the need arise in the future.