Respondents said they provide postadoption services to birth parents at two major times: early during the first two years of placement, mainly for grief counseling, crisis intervention, and mediation in open adoption arrangements and other support, especially with setting up a picture, letter, or present exchange or to update their records; then, years later, for help with search or reunion efforts. More than half saic they were not familiar with this resource and requested information about it. (see Free Help for Finding Kin.) More Advocacy Is Needed During the analysis of this survey, the need to continue advocating for birth parent postadoption services became increasingly clear, not only in the current venue of open records and open adoption placements, but also to provide funding for the grief and loss counseling that birth parents need almost universally.
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