Adoptive Family Resource Library

The rewards of providing a family for a child who is just beginning his of her transition into adulthood.

The incidence rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is unusually high among the U.S. foster care population. It is estimated that almost 70 percent of the children in foster care are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure in varying degrees. 

Adoption assistance was instituted in the 1980s to encourage families to adopt children who were languishing in the states’ foster care systems and who were not likely to be adopted unless families were given some financial assistance to help them meet these children’s special needs. 

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 adoption issues.  

Children who have experienced sexual abuse will probably need help in learning new behaviors and ways of relating. Here are some of the behaviors and emotions you may see expressed by your child.

Maintaining and supporting sibling relationships is essential to the healthy development and well-being of all children, and it is especially important for children in out-of-home 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! 

There are thousands of adoption resources available for families, professionals, and people who were adopted. Many books have been read and recommended by our staff.  

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.

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Transracial or transcultural adoption means placing a child who is of one race or ethnic group with adoptive parents of another race or ethnic group. In the United States these terms usually refer to the placement of children of color or children from another country with Caucasian adoptive parents.

Learn more about the Utah Adoption Act on the Utah State Legislature page.

LGBTQ specific resources for families and individuals