“Building Strong Families: Advancing Post-Adoption Services” furthers DAI’s longstanding goal of advancing effective PAS policy and practice through our research, which indicates the need for PAS for adoptive parents and adopted children and youth. The initiative is a response to DAI’s 2013 survey, generously funded by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, that found only a handful of state laws mandate PAS.

Along with our partner Adoptive and Foster Care Family Coalition of New York (AFFCNY), we will leverage existing resources to maximize the opportunity for impact. DAI is developing and implementing an advocacy strategy to inform policymakers and the general public about the critical significance of PAS, as well as mobilizing a grassroots parent/youth network to share their compelling stories of the need for benefits and lack of PAS. We aim to increase awareness for and funding of PAS throughout the “Building Strong Families” website, which will serve as a platform for resources and information about PAS as well as tools to guide advocacy campaigns. Our overarching goal will be to develop a guide and model for replication in other states.

Frequently asked questions

How does Building Strong Families: Advancing Post-Adoption Services fit within DAI’s mission and objectives?

DAI was established in 1996 to meet the need for an independent and objective adoption research and policy organization to address the rights and interests of first/birth parents, adopted children and adults, and adoptive parents. DAI’s mission is to improve the lives of children and strengthen families through research, education and advocacy.

Adoption Support Services is on of DAI’s four key pillars of work and we strive to increase access to quality pre- and post-adoption services alike by putting research into action, in order to ensure strong and stable families.

How can I work with the DAI’s Building Strong Families: Advancing Post-Adoption Services?

You can work to advance post-adoption services by:

  • Signing up for updates so you’re informed about policy developments and advocacy opportunities,
  • Linking to the Building Strong Families microsite from your website,
  • Submitting profile candidates to info@adoptioninstitute.org – individual professionals, parents or young adults’ names for DAI to contact to ask if they’d like to be profiled on the microsite,
  • Email us information at info@adoptioninstitute.org about state PAS bills/policy developments, research studies, and resources for posting on the microsite, and/or
  • Inform your members/subscribers about Building Strong Families on your website and through newsletters and social media (feel free to copy information about the project from the project microsite).

Please email us at info@adoptioninstitute.org to let us know about your PAS public awareness and advocacy efforts.

How can adoptive parents and adopted young adults get involved?

In addition to data and research to support the benefits of post-adoption services, we’re highlighting individual narratives to illustrate the need for PAS in compelling, personal ways. We’re featuring parents and young adults in profiles to raise awareness about why PAS are important to building strong families and the biggest barriers to PAS. To submit an individual’s name to be profiled, please contact us at info@adoptioninstitute.org.

Why did DAI select New York State to initiate the campaign?

DAI is advancing “Building Strong Families: Advancing Post-Adoption Services” as a pilot project in New York State because of its mid-level PAS policy and practice development, recent history of funding PAS, significant parent and child welfare advocate presence, large population of children in care/exiting care to adoption, and mix of urban/rural areas provide a promising climate for progress.

Will the project expand to other states?

Based on the New York experience, DAI hopes to develop a guide and model for grassroots advocates to replicate in other states. Join the mailing list to be informed about release of materials by clicking here.

What organizations have partnered with DAI?

Currently, at the national level, the following nonprofit child welfare organizations are working with DAI to implement “Building Strong Families: Advancing Post-Adoption Services”: Child Welfare League of America, Family Builders, National Foster Parent Association, North American Council on Adoptable Children, Spaulding for Children, State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC), and Voice for Adoption.

In New York State, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Council On Adoptable Children, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies, Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New YorkSchuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and You Gotta Believe! are working with DAI to increase funding and availability of PAS.

Where do I go to learn about post-adoption services?

Please visit the Fact Sheet for general information about post adoption-services. Please also visit the Updates page for recent policy and research developments, resources and the latest news on PAS.

Where can I learn more about the project?

Sign up for updates here. Visit the microsite often. See Building Strong Families on social media at @adoptioninst on Twitter.  If you have questions, please contact DAI at info@adoptioninstitute.org.