LSS Adoption Services provides counseling, support, and education to birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents before, during, and after an adoption. I recently visited with a teen adoptee and helped her obtain non-identifying information on her birth mother. Being a teen in today’s world is hard and having some basic information on her birth mother’s hobbies and interests is helping her in her own identity development. In some cases, therapy or counseling with a mental health therapist would be beneficial. LSS Behavioral Health Services offers a variety of services for individuals, families, couples, and groups. Seeking help for your adopted child, for yourself as an adoptive parent or birth parent is not a sign of weakness. Society may tell you otherwise but seeking help, resources, support, or counseling can be a sign of strength and courage. If you are seeking counseling or therapy, it is important to find a counselor or therapist who is knowledgeable about adoption and loss issues. Here are some tips on selecting a therapist that you may find helpful. https://creatingafamily.org/adoption-category/adoption-blog/a-guide-to-selecting-an-adoption-or-foster-therapist-2/. If you are in the Sioux Falls area, another source of support is a group that gathers monthly called “The Gathering Well.” This group is made up of adoptive and foster families who gather together to support, inspire, and learn from each other. For more information on their meetings, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thegatheringwellsf/. Know that you are not alone and that help is available!
Submitted by Hayley VanDenBrink, LSS Adoption Program Supervisor
LSS Adoption & Pregnancy Counseling
621 E Presentation St |Sioux Falls SD 57104
605-221-2346 or 888-201-5061
Strengthening Individuals, Families & Communities