Frontier Health will host a meeting in coming weeks to introduce a new support group for families who have adopted or may adopt a child.
The first group meeting will take place Tuesday, March 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Addington Hall, 1431 Duff-Pat Highway, Duffield. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling 276/431-4370.
Frontier Health has received one of two grants awarded in Virginia to create support services for adoptive families including support groups, 24/7 support and parenting skills training.
Families who have adopted, are in the process of adopting and/or thinking about adoption, are invited to the March 25 meeting, Dinner will be provided.
“Allow us to answer any questions you may have and/or issues you may be experiencing regarding adoption,” said Ken Taylor, division director for Virginia Child and Family Services.
“This new funding allows us to develop a wide range of services and supports to assist adoptive families in developing permanency and success, including the new support group.” Taylor said. “Adoption is a rewarding experience that may come with unexpected challenges and we’ll be ready to provide the support and they need.”
The grant will develop respite services for adoptive families as they adjust to a new family dynamic. Community education and consultation for service providers including DSS workers, mental health clinicians and the legal system are provided through the grant.
Frontier Health’s Child and Family Services in Planning District One and the VALUES program will provide oversight, develop clinical services, and provide training, linkage and support.