Adoption Support Groups in California For Adopting Families
If you are a pregnant woman please visit pregnancy support groups.
If you are a birth mother please visit adoption support groups for birth mothers in California.
If you are an adopting family looking for support groups in California you are in the right place.
We understand there are many reasons that you may be looking for support groups. To better assist you and make sure your questions and concerns are addressed, in addition to listing the adoption support groups for California listed at the bottom of the page, we have provided additional resource information that we feel you may be looking for. To find more information on these subjects, simply click the blue links.
You can also contact us directly. We are a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency that helps birth parents and families living in any state in the U.S. and we can also help U.S. citizens living in any foreign country. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked with thousands of birth parents and adopting families from all over the world and our overall satisfaction rating is excellent. We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation or cost to you for our help.
Starting the Adoption Process
Among the most common things you, as an adopting family, may be looking for is information on "how to adopt a child" whether to use an adoption facilitator, whether to engage in a private adoption or adoption agency, the limitations and requirements for adoption, what to consider in selecting an adoption agency, where to find licensed adoption agencies in California, and the laws relating to what you can and cannot do when adopting a child in California.
Child Adoption Laws in California
Understanding the child adoption laws in California can greatly increase your chances of successfully adopting a child. Important legal concerns include the giving of support or gifts to a birth mother or birth father, fees paid to an adoption agency, attorney, or other intermediary, the legality of using an adoption facilitator, the legal rights of the birth parents and the adopting family, and the critical issues of a disruptionand the ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender). For example, using our most recent update, in California:
*It shall be unlawful for any person, organization, hospital, or agency to advertise verbally, through print, electronic media, or otherwise that they will adopt children or assist in the adoption of children.
*It shall be unlawful for any person or agency to offer to receive payment for placing, assisting, or arranging a minor placement.
*It is permitted to pay maternity-connected medical or hospital and necessary living expenses of the mother preceding and during pregnancy-related incapacity, as an act of charity.
*A consent or relinquishment may be taken at any time, except that once signed or confirmed, may be withdrawn within 5 days after birth or within 5 days after signing of the consent or relinquishment, whichever comes last.
Who and Where to Adopt
You may be looking for the differences in the waiting period, effort, cost, and success rates involved in adopting children within your state or in other states (domestic adoption) or even from other countries (international adoption) in order to determine which type of adoption will work for you. Some specific choices you may want to consider, as the waiting lists tend to be shorter, are special needs adoption, bi-racial and trans-racial adoption, and older children (generally from one to 15 years of age) from the California child welfare and foster care systems. The more open you are in the type and age of child you are looking to adopt the better your chances of success. You should also decide before contacting an adoption agency whether you want an open adoption or closed adoption.
In addition to the adoption support groups shown below, there are many sources of help available to you in California. For example, we are always happy to take your calls and offer you help and information (contact us). There are local and private as well as state and federal government resources that can provide financial and medical information and help. California also has the California adoption exchange or photo listing program and an California adoption contact office.
Parenting Your Adopted Child
You may also be looking for information on special problems in raising an adopted child and being the best possible parent you can be. This may include explaining adoption to your child, family, friends and others. It could also include dealing with special emotional and developmental issues, or adoption and school problems, or issues involving adoption therapy and finding a therapist who specializes in working with adopted children and their families. Then again you may be looking for information on infant nutrition or birth records or one of a myriad of other questions.
National Level Adoption Support Groups
Additional information on Adoption Support Groups by State can be found online at American Adoption Congress where you can find up-to-date information on support groups in your area, as well as information on starting an adoption support group. Other nationwide resources include:
Adoptive Families Circle is an online community for adoptive families to share their experiences on adoption and connect with other families for support.
DailyStrength provides online support groups for adoptive families to share and connect with others on their adoption journeys.
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA) is for families who have adopted, or are in the process of adoption, from Russia and former Soviet Union countries.
Gay Parent Magazine provides a network of support groups to parents within the LBGTQ+ community.
Guatemala Adoptive Families Network initiates and supports the adoption of Guatemalan children.
National Adoption Center attempts to facilitate the adoption of children in the U. S., particularly children with special needs and those from minority cultures.
North American Council on Adoptable Children offers a database for adoptive families to locate adoption support groups in their state.
Resolve is dedicated to providing education, advocacy, and support to those who face infertility.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides information on all aspects of both domestic and international adoption.
211 is a useful resource in finding local support groups and resources related to adoption.
Adoption Support Groups in California
Adoption Support Group of Santa Monica
Phone: (310) 829-1438
Help One Child
858 University Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94024
Phone: (650) 917-1210
Toll Free: (888) 543-4673
Families Adopting in Response (FAIR)
FAIR offers information, education, support, and fellowship to adoptive families in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Kids & Families Together
856 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 643-1446
Kinship Center Statewide Headquarters
124 River Road
Salinas, CA 93908
Phone: (831) 455-9965
Toll Free: 1 (800) 454-6744
Kinship Center hosts support groups for parents and youth in locations throughout California. Support groups are facilitated by Kinship Center social workers, therapists, program managers and other professionals to meet the specific needs of client families in Kinship Center programs.
Post-Adoption Center for Education and Resources (PACER)
Serving the greater Bay Area and Sacramento in northern California, PACER offers triad groups and single-focus groups for adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive parents
Post Adoption Link (PAL)
Post Adoption Link is dedicated to helping Sacramento area adoptive families navigate post adoption supports, resources and educational information related to the special needs of adoption.
REACH Post-Adoption Services
REACH (Resources, Education, Advocacy, Crisis Intervention and Hope) was developed to empower and strengthen California families touched by adoption.
Phone: (559) 741-7358