It’s OK to Ask for Help!

September 16, 2020

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!

For more information on LSS Adoption Services or LSS Pregnancy Counseling, please contact LSS at 605-221-2346 or 888-201-5061.

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
www.LssSD.org
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Is Adoption Right for You?

May 15, 2019

Is Adoption Right for You? Hope Comes in All Sizes. Picture of a happy toddler with outstretched arms. When you are thinking about adoption, there are a lot of opinions. Lutheran Social Services Adoption Services is experienced. We are based on a long tradition of caring in the best interests of children. When it’s time to discuss adoption, we’re here. We are a licensed agency in South Dakota. Lutheran Social Services can help guide you through the entire process.

Understanding all your Adoption Options

Adoption is a huge decision for any woman. When faced with a pregnancy, you are not ‘giving up’ by choosing adoption. You are actually giving your child a generous gift. You are also giving a gift to their future family. It helps to see adoption that way.

Lutheran Social Services knows the details. We also know the differences. Our job is to help you understand your options and not be overwhelmed. We offer counseling with care and expertise, no matter where you are at in your decision making process.

Birth moms and dads, and adoptive parents should know all their options:

  • Domestic adoption
  • International adoption
  • Identified adoption
  • Contract adoption services

Domestic adoption has a wide range of options. Both parties can determine their level of contact together. Lutheran Social Services domestic adoption services includes:

  • Pre-adoption counseling
  • Home studies
  • Meeting birth parents
  • Placement services
  • Post placement services

International adoption can take place with agencies around the world. Why do some adoptive families choose this type of adoption? Many areas of the world suffer greatly with overpopulation, lack of resources, war and poverty. Adopting internationally is a wonderful way to help a child. Of course, it is also a great gift to an adoptive family with love to share.

Identified adoption is another choice. Identified adoption is when a birth family identifies the adoptive family. It could be a grandmother, family friend or someone else. This decision is usually made prior to coming to Lutheran Social Services. We can help both the birth family and adoptive family. We provide home studies, support and post placement services. We also assist with the laws that apply to a child who is born in a state other than South Dakota.

Contract adoption services are coordinated through various agencies, public or private or attorneys. Because LSS has years of expertise, we can assist in this process. We partner with you to assure the process goes smoothly.

Adoption is not merely open or closed anymore. There are many ways adoptions can take place. We want you to feel comfortable with your choice. We also aim to give every adopted child a home.

The Benefits of Adoption and LSS

Adoption has many benefits. One is providing a loving home to a child. As a birth mother, you can give a great gift of a family to your child with the peace of mind that you are making the best decision. All adoptive families with LSS go through a rigorous home study process. LSS supports you in forming relationships with the family and your child.

It’s important to know that Lutheran Social Services stays involved. We provide ongoing support and guidance. We are there before, during and after an adoption. We also host educational and support meetings throughout the year.

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, or a family looking to adopt, contact LSS today at 888-201-5061 or online. LSS is here to help.


Is Adoption Right for You?

January 16, 2019

Is Adoption Right for You? Hope Comes in All Sizes.When you are thinking about adoption, there are a lot of opinions. Lutheran Social Services Adoption Services is experienced. We are based on a long tradition of caring in the best interests of children. When it’s time to discuss adoption, we’re here. We are a licensed agency in South Dakota. Lutheran Social Services can help guide you through the entire process.

Understanding all your Adoption Options

Adoption is a huge decision for any woman. When faced with a pregnancy, you are not ‘giving up’ by choosing adoption. You are actually giving your child a generous gift. You are also giving a gift to their future family. It helps to see adoption that way.

Lutheran Social Services knows the details. We also know the differences. Our job is to help you understand your options and not be overwhelmed. We offer counseling with care and expertise, no matter where you are at in your decision making process.

Birth moms and dads, and adoptive parents should know all their options:

  • Domestic adoption
  • International adoption
  • Identified adoption
  • Contract adoption services

Domestic adoption has a wide range of options. Both parties can determine their level of contact together. Lutheran Social Services domestic adoption services includes:

  • Pre-adoption counseling
  • Home studies
  • Meeting birth parents
  • Placement services
  • Post placement services

International adoption can take place with agencies around the world. Why do some adoptive families choose this type of adoption? Many areas of the world suffer greatly with overpopulation, lack of resources, war and poverty. Adopting internationally is a wonderful way to help a child. Of course, it is also a great gift to an adoptive family with love to share.

Identified adoption is another choice. Identified adoption is when a birth family identifies the adoptive family. It could be a grandmother, family friend or someone else. This decision is usually made prior to coming to Lutheran Social Services. We can help both the birth family and adoptive family. We provide home studies, support and post placement services. We also assist with the laws that apply to a child who is born in a state other than South Dakota.

Contract adoption services are coordinated through various agencies, public or private or attorneys. Because LSS has years of expertise, we can assist in this process. We partner with you to assure the process goes smoothly.

Adoption is not merely open or closed anymore. There are many ways adoptions can take place. We want you to feel comfortable with your choice. We also aim to give every adopted child a home.

The Benefits of Adoption and LSS

Adoption has many benefits. One is providing a loving home to a child. As a birth mother, you can give a great gift of a family to your child with the peace of mind that you are making the best decision. All adoptive families with LSS go through a rigorous home study process. LSS supports you in forming relationships with the family and your child.

It’s important to know that Lutheran Social Services stays involved. We provide ongoing support and guidance. We are there before, during and after an adoption. We also host educational and support meetings throughout the year.

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, or a family looking to adopt, contact LSS today at 888-201-5061 or online. LSS is here to help.


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