Finding Support and Resources as Part of the Adoption Constellation

February 29, 2024 | 5 min read

Adoption is a beautiful journey of love and commitment, but it is not without its challenges. The adoption constellation includes birth parents, adoptive parents, and people who have been adopted, all of whom may face unique challenges and complexities throughout the adoption process. It is essential to find support and resources to help navigate these challenges and provide a sense of community.

At NCHS, we understand the importance of finding support and resources in the adoption constellation, and we are committed to providing services for all parties involved in the journey. Our mission is to support families in building healthy relationships and provide resources and services that will enhance their well-being and strengthen their bonds.

Discover the power of support on your adoption journey. We've got insider tips on finding local groups and online communities. Dive into our latest blog post and learn how @NEChildrensHome can help:

In this blog, we will provide tips and resources for finding the necessary support and care for everyone in this constellation post-adoption.

Online Resources for the Adoption Community

We are happy to offer a suite of online resources tailored for the adoption community, supporting individuals and families at every stage of their journey. Among these tools are the Lifebook Journal for Adopted Children, a personalized way for adopted children to understand and celebrate their unique stories, and Navigating Rejection: A Guide To The Core Issues Of Adoption, which provides insights into common feelings of rejection and how to address them. And the follow-up guide exploring this topic, Navigating the Core Issues of Adoption: A Guide to Understanding Loss helps families to comprehend and navigate the inherent losses involved in adoption.

Understanding the complexities of adoption is crucial, and our 7 Common Challenges Adoptive Families Face infographic offers a visually engaging overview of potential hurdles, while the Support for Families Formed Through Adoption guide provides actionable advice and strategies for overcoming these challenges. Additionally, the Enhancing and Nurturing Parent-Child Relationships one-pager delivers concise tips for building strong, loving relationships.

Beyond emotional and educational support, we understand the practical needs of families across Nebraska. That’s why we compiled an easy-to-navigate list of resources available, from food pantries to rent and utility assistance, ensuring that families have access to essential support.

Check out these resources and more in our resource library here. We hope you take advantage of these assets we’ve thoughtfully curated for members of the adoption constellation.

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Finding Local Support Groups

Finding local support groups can be a powerful step for individuals in the adoption constellation seeking emotional support and information on navigating the complexities of adoption. Local support groups provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can share their experiences and feelings with others who understand their unique circumstances.

To locate and join local support groups, there are several resources that individuals in the adoption constellation can use. These include:

  1. Online directories: There are several online directories that list adoption support groups in different regions. These directories include and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).
  2. Social media: Social media platforms such as Facebook and Meetup have groups dedicated to adoption. These groups are often organized by individuals who have personal experience with adoption.
  3. NCHS! We have expert knowledge of in-person support groups around your area and also host many classes that can help you in every stage of the post-adoption process, which hosts many other people who are on an adoption journey - meaning there is a built-in community right there when you attend.

Overall, finding local support groups is an important step in the adoption journey. These groups offer a safe and supportive environment where individuals can connect with others who understand their unique circumstances and provide valuable emotional support.

Counseling and Mental Health Support

Birth parents, adoptive parents, and people who have been adopted may experience a range of emotions, such as grief, loss, or anxiety. It is crucial to acknowledge and address these feelings to ensure a healthy and positive adoption experience. Seeking counseling and mental health support can provide a safe space to explore and process these emotions, ultimately leading to greater acceptance and healing.

There are many types of counseling services available for individuals in the adoption constellation. These include individual counseling, family counseling, and group therapy. Individual counseling focuses on specific personal issues and provides one-on-one support. Family counseling can benefit adoptive families as it promotes open communication and understanding. Group therapy offers a supportive and safe environment for individuals to share their experiences and connect with others with similar experiences.

How Families Forever Supports the Adoption Constellation

Families Forever, an NCHS program, offers support to families formed through adoption or guardianship, addressing the unique challenges they may encounter. Understanding that all members of the adoption constellation may face difficulties, Families Forever steps in to provide essential one-on-one support and education. By connecting families with resources, community services, mental health support, and respite options, this program aims to improve and nurture the parent-child relationship, ensuring that these families receive the tailored assistance they need.

Whether it's through mentoring, support groups, or educational training and classes, Families Forever equips members of the adoption constellation in Nebraska with the necessary tools and skills to foster positive, healthy family dynamics. This comprehensive approach not only helps families navigate the complexities of adoption and guardianship but also lays the groundwork for building enduring, loving relationships.

Everyone in the adoption constellation deserves to have access to support and resources that help them along their journey. Luckily, there are many different types of support available, and we encourage individuals to take advantage of them. Whether it is through educational resources or other avenues of support, there is a space for everyone in the adoption community. We hope that by providing this space for connection and community, we can help individuals feel less alone and more supported in their adoption journey.

Learn more about how exactly our Families Forever program can support you as part of the adoption constellation. Reach out to us here.