APAC is a statewide program designed to empower adoptive families. Services are available to all adoptive family members. Statewide services are provided out of four APAC offices located in Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, and Mobile.
Informational and Referral Support
Our statewide toll-free line (866-803-2722) and website (childrensaid.org/apac) will support you in finding answers to your adoption-related questions or needs. Information & referral services are available to adoptive families, foster families, kinship care families, prospective adoptive families, and professionals serving these families.
Adoptive Family Groups
APAC offers groups that meet throughout the state, providing education and social interaction for adoptive families. The groups are led by a therapist, and topics for discussion are chosen based on the group’s interests and needs. Children’s group addressing adoption issues, as well as childcare, are available in most areas.
APAC regularly conducts statewide training events as well as live, interactive webinars for families and professionals to increase their understanding of adoption-related subjects. Additionally, several trainings are available on-demand though our APAC Online Training (training.childrensaid.org). Examples of topics include:
- Impact of Transitions and Trauma
- Lying, Cheating, and Stealing
- Understanding Sexualized Behavior in Children
- Transracial Placements
- Secondhand Trauma
- Working with Adolescents
- Grief and Loss
- Impact of Family Violence
- Adoptive Family Counseling
Individual and Family Counseling
APAC offers counseling for all of Alabama’s adoptive families. Services include assessment and ongoing counseling. Crisis intervention sessions are also available for families concerned about their adoption stability. Counseling is offered in-office or in-home, depending on family needs. All APAC counselors are Masters level professionals specializing in adoption and trauma-related issues.
Adoptive Parent Facebook Group
APAC hosts a private Facebook groups to connect and support adoptive families. Visit our website, or contact an APAC Family Advocate for more information on getting connected to our Facebook community.
Books, DVDs, and other resources regarding adoption, foster care and other family-related issues are available for loan through the APAC library. Call our toll free Library line (866-944-1044) or visit our website childrensaid.org/apaclibrary. Resources are mailed at no charge and return packaging and postage makes this service convenient and easy to use regardless of where you live.
Special events are provided as information networking opportunities for adoptive families to get acquainted and be supported by one another. Parent and children meet, share, learn new things, and have a great time!
APAC sponsors a 4-day camp each year for children ages 9-18. This is a fun-filled, challenging, and nurturing camp experience for adopted children and their siblings. Campers get the opportunity to spend time with other kids who have similar backgrounds, while parents enjoy a time of respite.
Adoption Placement Support
APAC Family Advocates can provide intensive education and one-on-one support for adoptive and matched families who have received pre-adoption services through APAC.