The specific needs of an adoptive family differ significantly from those of a biological. Yes, there are many common elements to any family, regardless of how it is formed – however if you are involved with adoption, there are many unknowns and stigmas still (wrongly) attached to adoption … This is the case whether you are willingly involved as an adoptive parent, or (possibly) unwillingly involved as an adoptee or extended family member.
Jason Kovacs from Desiring God has put forward some great suggestions to Churches and Pastors wanting to help adoptive parents.
Together for Adoption exists to help everyone understand the significance of James 1:27
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
This includes numerous links to various organisations involved with adoption support for both prospective and actual adoptive parents as well as support for adoptees. It is predominantly USA based, but provides a good international overview. For Australians, there are numerous resources available. Some are in my blog roll on the side of this blog and a few others listed below.
Australian State Government Authorities (i.e. our Adoption Agencies)
This is THE starting point for all Australian citizens adopting from within Australia, locally and internationally.
Australian Based Support Groups
Post Adoption Resource Centre