Supporting Adoption Placements in Hospitals.
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute [Blog].
Parker Adventist Hospital (Parker, Colo.)
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Published: June 6, 2013
This blog post describes the creation and mission of the Family to Family Adoption Support program at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado. The program ensures that mothers who desire to make an adoption plan have access to trained nurses and doctors and is the only established and comprehensive hospital-based adoption support program in the United States. The difficulties adoptive families and birth families sometimes encounter in hospitals and the lack of training nursing staff have on the complexities of an adoption placement. The Family Adoption Support program provides training for hospital staff, as well as education for those both considering adoption and preparing for an adoption and includes information on post-adoption resources. Examples of how the program has helped families are provided and barriers to developing a hospital-based adoption support program are reviewed.
adoptive parents; birth mothers; infant adoption; adoption process; adoption awareness; post placement services; hospital personnel; program descriptions; colorado