Adoption Support for Kentucky
What is A.S.K.?
Adoption Support for Kentucky is a consortium of parent-led adoptive parent support groups throughout the state of Kentucky.
Why Are Support Groups Important?
By bringing together people who have been touched by adoption, a parent support group can:
- Validate parents' experiences and frustrations,
- Celebrate the joys and triumphs unique to adoptive parenting,
- Enable parents to share resources, suggestions, and success stories·
- Identify and solve problems,
- Guide parents to a better understanding of adoption's impact on child development,
- Reduce feelings of isolation and self-doubt or guilt when problems arise in the family,
- Provide on-going training, and· Offer encouragement, affirmation, and hope.
Who Can Be a Part of A.S.K.?
Any adoptive family may use the services of A.S.K. These support groups are for any parents that have families formed through adoption: state, private, relative, or international. You may have adopted your child as an infant, older child, or part of a sibling group. You may have adopted twenty years ago, had a child placed with you for adoption last week, or still be awaiting.
What Can A.S.K. Offer My Family?
- Support groups for adoptive parents
- Mentoring with an experienced adoptive family
- Information on policies and procedures
- Educational/Training Programs
- Advocacy assistance
- Lending Library
- Statewide resource information
- Referrals to resources Information on medical/behavioral issues
How Do I Get Involved?
Contact Carrie Saunders.
Carrie Saunders, MSW CSW
Director, Adoption Support for Kentucky
Foster/Adoptive Support and Training Center
1 Quality Stree • Suite 700
Lexington, KY 40507
Web Site: http://www.uky.edu/SocialWork/trc/ask.htm