Adults Who Were Adopted and Birth Parent Support
Navigating the lifelong adoption journey
Children's Aid Society (CAS) has a long history with adoption services. In 1993, CAS discontinued its work with adoption placements and maintained its ongoing support and services to all members of the adoption triad (adults who were adopted, adoptive parent, birth parent). Fees for adoption services vary depending on what is requested and if there is financial hardship, you may qualify for a reduced or waived fee.
More adults who were adopted are requesting background information, including medical information, due to their desire and/or need to have a better understanding of family medical history. Supportive counseling is available to address the social and emotional issues, including family anxiety and stress, which members of the adoption triad often experience. In addition, CAS has a free monthly discussion group, Let's Talk for adults who were adopted.
CAS provides post-adoption services to all members of the adoption triad, including adults who were adopted through CAS placement, as well as those placed through other means.
Counseling is available to any adult (or minor with parent’s permission) member of the adoption triad to address social and emotional difficulties related to adoption and to support with a non-identifying background or with search and contact services.
CAS social workers are available to serve as an intermediary to facilitate information exchanges between adult adoptees and their birthparents.
Adult adoptees, age 19 and over, or minor adoptees with the permission of their adoptive parents, may request a non-identifying background summary with information provided at the time of their CAS adoptive placement to include medical history, birth family’s physical description, education, personality, occupation, interests, health history, any foster care history and the circumstances of their adoption plan. A non-identifying summary means that no names of persons or references to places may be used in the report. Identifying information is released only with the written, notarized consent of a birthparent.
Search and Contact Services
Adult adoptees, age 19 or older who seek to locate and contact their birth parents, may request search and contact services. Such efforts are handled confidentially and the birthparent's preference is always respected. I
Information and Referral
A social worker is available to answer questions regarding adoption issues, laws, and practices.
Discussion Group for Adults Who Were Adopted
Let’s Talk is a free monthly discussion group for adults (19+) who were adopted. Let’s Talk meets on the second Monday of each month from 6-7:30 pm at the CAS Birmingham Southside office. Adoption related topics are discussed and the goal is to build community through shared experience. Let’s Talk is not a therapy group; RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kathy King at 205-943-5331 or email at email@example.com.
For more information about CAS Adoption Support services, please contact Kathy King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-943-5331.