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Don't go it alone.

You’ve tried handling this on your own, and it’s not working. It’s time to call for backup. Whether you’re a new adoptive parent or you’re years past your child’s homecoming, PAD can weigh you down, rob you of the joy of your life, damage your relationships, and hinder your child’s own healing and attachment process.

Everyone needs a hand sometimes.

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Who to Call

Medical Doctor

Making an appointment with your primary care physician is is a great first step toward getting the help you need. Your doctor can make a diagnosis based on your symptoms, provide insights into the physical aspects of your depression, prescribe medications (if needed), and understands the impact of your medical history on your current health.

Mental Health Professional

Therapists, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals can off varying degrees of expertise about helping you manage your emotional and mental wellness. Meeting with a family therapist as a group or couple and as an individual can be beneficial.

Agency Post-Placement Support

These days, many adoption and foster care agencies have dedicated teams who specialize in assisting foster and adoptive families with the initial transition home and post-placement life. They may even have a PAD support group—or be willing to start one if you demonstrate interest! Check with your agency’s local office.

Attachment Specialist

An attachment specialist is a family therapist who focuses on helping families to build (or rebuild) a loving and trust-filled bond. They can also help members of the family to understand and being to process difficult aspects of their personal history.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, don’t wait.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or your local crisis center for help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides FREE and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

No matter what problems you’re dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide, if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, call the Lifeline.


When you call the Lifeline, you’ll be connected with a local hotline near you.

Family Respite

Respite care provides a temporary break between the family caregiver and the care recipient(s). For adoptive families, that means safe, loving care for the children while the parents have a reprieve from caregiving responsibilities.

It is most important to plan ahead for accessing respite care. To be most effective you should consider respite services much earlier than you think you will need them. Respite will be most helpful if you use it before you become exhausted, isolated, and overwhelmed by your responsibilities. Respite services should be beneficial, meaningful, and enjoyable to both the caregiver and the care receiver.

The ARCH National Respite Locator Service helps parents, family caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local area to match their specific needs. 

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