San Diego Youth Services Administrative Office 3255 Wing Street San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 221-8600 _________________
Adoption Support Services
Adoption Services are for families at every stage of
adoption from placement to post-adoption. Any family formed through adoption is
eligible. Family Advocate Coordinators coach and support parents, provide
resources and referrals, work with family and school; Counselors provide adoption
and attachment-based family therapy; Monthly Support Groups in every region of
the county for all family members age two to adult; Monthly Friday Movie Night
for children in every region of the county for age two to teen; Volunteer
mentor/tutor program; Clinical Workshops twice each year for community
providers, clinicians, educators and parents; Twice Annual Family Events to
nurture the community of adoptive families; Monthly Newsletter keeps families
connected and inspired.
The SDYS Adoption Support Services Program provides an array of services for parents and their children held at locations throughout the County.
Advocates coach parents while partnering with
them to find resources and referrals in the community.
Family Resource Coordinator helps parents navigate the education system and matches families
with mentor tutors.
Services focus on parent-child attachment with limited in-home therapy possible.
Trainings twice a year for adoption workers, clinicians, and caregivers focus on the
special needs of
Support Groups for adoptive parents
and youth allow families to share their experiences.
Movie Nights provide adoptive
children two to teenager with fun and social skills while their parents enjoy
three hours of respite.
Saturday Enrichment Outings provide social skills through
supervised community activities for five to 17 year olds while their parents
Events twice a year allow families to connect with the wider adoption
Newsletter entertains, informs, and validates the adoption community.
Adoption Support Services (619) 221-8600 x 2240
One Adoptive Family Story
by Keri and
In the beginning of our
relationship, Ashley was easily angered and frustrated. Her confidence at
school was low and she was consistently negative. To help cope with these
issues, our SDYS therapist, Donna, suggested we try Narrative Therapy. Narrative therapy is not easy, especially for
the parents and we felt strange thinking about and telling our stories. We
admit to going home and saying “Donna must be kidding!” In the end, the
transformation has been nothing less than stunning. Ashley is much more
confident, friendly and enjoyable. Her schoolwork, initiative, and behavior
have all improved. She has even begun to receive compliments from her teachers.
She often shares them with us and says they make her feel good. That simply
would not have happened before. Her frustration levels are much lower and she
is able to work on calming her before a total meltdown. Now, we enjoy our time
together more than we would have dreamed possible six months ago.
Special Requests: Volunteers for movie nights and mentor/tutoring; Donations to fund enrichment activities for children and teens; Donations to expand the capacity of our clinical training program; Donations to fund special services for children and teens.