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Adoption is a blessing to everyone involved; however, the process does not end when the paperwork is finalized. Adoption is a life-long process that will raise different emotions throughout the lives of the people involved. Adoptees often raise questions that parents can be challenged to address. Upbring Adoption provides post-adoption services to help families understand and navigate this ongoing process.

Services Provided

Ongoing intermediary services: Provides birth and adoptive families a means by which they can maintain ongoing contact without fully disclosing their last names and addresses. This contact may include the exchange of letters, pictures and gifts, and face-to-face meetings in the office.

De-identified social and medical history: Provides all non-identifying health, education, social and genetic history information from the record.

Search and reunion services: Initiates a search for one member of the adoption triad at the request of another member. This may be an adult adoptee searching for a birth parent, a birth parent searching for an adult adoptee, or an adoptive family searching for a birth parent. If the search is successful and both parties wish to meet, contact will be facilitated. Contact usually starts with a letter or a phone call and evolves based upon the mutual consent of both parties. Texas Family Code 162.413 requires that individuals initiating an adoption search must have an hour of counseling before a reunion can be facilitated.

Counseling:  The Texas Family Code requires any member of the adoption triad who is participating in an adoption search to complete 1 hour of counseling.  The intent of this requirement is to provide support and information to the individual who is searching for biological family members.  During this session, we suggest that you explore the following issues:

  • The reason for desiring contact.
  • Understanding the varying potential outcomes and feelings surrounding the different scenarios.
  • Expectations of the extent of contact.
  • The impact anticipated on friends and family.
  • A general assessment of the client’s emotional preparation for such contact.

Although we encourage you to seek a counselor in your own community, counselors at Upbring are also able to assist you in fulfilling this requirement by offering sessions at our offices.

Cost for Services

Charges based on services rendered.

Service

Fee

Ongoing intermediary services Cost of postage
De-identified social and medical history $50
Search and reunion $300
Counseling $50

 

Eligibility

Any member of the adoption triad who was party to an adoption facilitated by Upbring (also known as Lutheran Adoption Services of Texas and formerly Lutheran Social Services of the South and Lutheran Social Services of Texas).

For more information, email us at [email protected] or call our toll-free number at 972-620-0581.

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