Post-adoption depression is a very real issue that some adoptive and birth parents face. The symptoms and rates of occurrences (1 in 7 moms, 1 in 10 dads/partners), are similar to postpartum depression (PPD), and can also include unsure feelings about tough decisions, adjusting to a new parenting role, bonding issues, unresolved infertility issues, and more.
Just like with PPD, there are many treatment options to help parents struggling with post-adoption depression. Support groups, specifically trained counselors and therapists and knowledgeable prescribers can all play a major role in recovery. We want you to know that there are good resources for you that provide non-judgmental support, information, and connection with others. We’ve listed some below and hope that you find them useful. Please also look at our international support map for resources near you or call our HelpLine.
PSI has a specialized support coordinator dedicated to birth moms who are having a hard time, either with the birth and relinquishment of their baby or with subsequent pregnancies. If you are a birth mom who needs help please reach out to Maureen Fura at 831-920-7907 (call or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Maureen offers support in both English and Spanish.
We are currently recruiting for a specialized support coordinator for adoptive moms. If you are interested, please contact Carrie Banks at email@example.com.
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