Resources Database

Adoptive Family Resources

All parents at times need help and resources to parent their children. Different families need different kinds of support, depending upon where the family lives, the family’s lifestyle, how the family deals with life’s issues, and the nature of the challenges of the child who was adopted.  Many people turn to family, friends, religious communities, and neighbors in times of crisis—but there is other help out there.   Creating a support network is vital to withstand the pressures put on a family when adopting a child with special needs.  Many families think that love will be enough, only to find out that although it is a critically important ingredient, many other things are also needed to truly help children become successful adults. The resource section of the website is good information for any parent, but is geared towards the issues an adoptive family may face.

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The Resource Database has been created to provide easy access to resources for adoptive families. The resources are updated semi annually.

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DSPD Providers

The Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) promotes opportunities and provides supports for people with disabilities to lead self-determined lives by overseeing home and community-based services for more than 5,000 people who have disabilities. Support includes community living, day services, and supported employment services.

Educational Supports

Educational services or school resources are provided to students in the effort to help them accelerate their learning progress, catch up with their peers, meet learning standards, or generally succeed in school. Sometimes additional support outside the school can be extremely helpful in gaining the resources your child needs to be successful at school.


Here you will find basic resources to help provide you and your family answers and support to basic questions and needs you have.

Mental Health Services

Private insurance, in conjunction with your Medicaid card, will provide you with access to mental health services. Mental health agencies are developing specialists to deal with specific trauma & adoption issues.


There may be orthodontists in your area who accept Medicaid, but they need to send the initial impressions to Medicaid and obtain preauthorization. If your current orthodontist is not a Medicaid provider, you can ask him/her if they are willing to provide the services and accept the Medicaid rate for your child. If Medicaid denies coverage, there are no additional state funds to cover orthodontia.

Respite Care

Everyone needs an occasional break from stressful situations. Most parents do not schedule adequate time away from their children who have special needs out of embarrassment or feelings of inadequacy. But in fact, taking time out for yourself is HEALTHY! Time away from the demands of parenting will revitalize you and help you deal more effectively with the challenges of raising children with special needs.

Search and Reunion

Utah law permits adult adoptees the right to obtain non-identifying, detailed genetic and social history with regard to their biological family. Adoptive parents should receive the state forms entitled "Birth Father's (and/or) Birth Mother's Non-identifying Information for Adoption Registry" at the time of finalization. Copies of the completed forms may be obtained for a nominal fee from the Office of Vital Statistics.

Support Groups

Many adoptive families seek out others whose families are similar to their own to provide friendship and support, and to exchange ideas and information about caring for their children. It is often also helpful for adopted children to spend time talking with other children who have been adopted.

Transition to Adult Living

The goals of Transition to Adult Living is to provide youth assistance in transitioning from foster care to adult living through a private/public network of support, in order to promote their success. This assistance includes assessment, mentoring, self-esteem building, personal future planning and so forth.

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Additional Resources

Utah's Adoption Connection Newsletter
We publish a quarterly newsletter featuring information about adoption and adoption stories. View our most recent newsletter and previous newsletters here.

Lending Library
Parenting is a challenging task under the best of circumstances. Parenting children who have experienced trauma requires additional skills. The lending library was created to deliver information and knowledge to parents and professionals who work with children who have challenges. Browse our Lending Library.