Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services recognizes that adoption is not the end of the process, but the beginning of a lifelong commitment for both adoptive parents and children. We understand that adoptive families have unique needs therefore we are committed to offering Post Adoption Services to assist families with questions and concerns that may occur in your family. Many adoptive families and children need ongoing community support and services in order to sustain the adoption and maintain healthy individual and family functioning.
Who is Eligible for Services?
All adoptive children and parents who have adopted from the Department of social Services or private agency in North Carolina or another state, however have relocated to Mecklenburg County.
The following Post Adoption Services are available to adoptive families:
Information and Referral
A Post Adoption Social Worker will help direct you to available community resources that can meet your family’s needs.
Crisis Intervention/Case Management/Advocacy
A Post Adoption Social Worker will provide short-term case management and advocacy, problem-solving, and guidance with education and mental health services.
Search and Reunion: Confidential Intermediary
Search Services are provided for adult adoptees ages 18 and other and birth parents who would like to reconnect. Click Confidential Intermediary Services for more information.
Adoption Assistance Case Management
Case managers provide ongoing case management for vendor payment and financial assistance until the child’s 18th birthday or sooner if the parent is no longer financially responsible for the child/ren.
LINKS (Phoenix Project), NC REACH and other college tuition
Information on tuition waivers and other college funding for eligible adopted teens (must have been adopted at the age of 12 or older from the foster care system). Adopted teens (12 or older) can participate in other LINKS programs as well.
Support Groups and Educational Workshops
Resource List of Support Groups and Educational Workshops in Mecklenburg County.
Access to Lending Library
The Lending Library has books on various topics for children, parenting the adopted teen, diversity, general parenting skills, search and reunion, etc.
Children approved for adoption assistance are eligible for Medicaid until their 18th birthday.
A Post Adoption Social Worker will meet with families and other agency worker’s to provide an overview of services provided after adoption.