Adoptive families face joys and challenges as their children transition into their home and grow. All parents need support and guidance as they move to new stages of development with their children. Though there are many resources out there for parents at large, adoptive parents often face unique challenges that may complicate the typical trials that come up for children. Counseling meets the emotional and mental health needs for the child, parents, and family through a variety of methods but there are challenges in adoptive families that need more specific guidance. The Post Adoption Connection Center addresses these specific challenges through our coaching services. We believe that coaching services can prevent struggles from spiraling into crisis.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching”
Hebrews 10: 24-25
What is provided through coaching?
Nightlight’s Coaching Program assigns a trained staff member to support a family by addressing specific behaviors or challenges your family is facing. This program is best suited for families that see an area of struggle with their child escalating and feel unsure at how to address it. Your coach will focus on 1-2 specific areas of need, and discuss clear strategies for addressing that need.
The program will begin with an initial call to learn more about your family, assess the issue, and discuss a plan. You will be provided a written plan that allows space for you to journal between sessions. Depending on your plan and needs, you will set regular check-in calls over the course of 4-weeks with your coach to discuss progress and make adjustments to your parenting strategy plan.
how do we define success in this program?
There are very few issues that can be “fixed” or “solved” in a few weeks’ time. The path to healing for children with histories of trauma is a lifelong process. Our goal is to provide you with practical advice and a clear plan for you to see improvements in your situation and to feel confident in your parenting techniques. Your increased confidence in addressing challenges that come up with your child is how we define success.
how much will this cost?
This service is provided by a trained staff member at Nightlight over a 4-week period of time that will include an estimated 4-8 coaching calls. This service is $500 for families that did not adopt through Nightlight and $400 for families that did adopt through Nightlight. If additional coaching calls are needed, they can be added for an hourly rate.
What do past clients have to say?
“We felt like our expectations were met. By the end of the program, we saw drastic improvements in the behavior of our [child] and also felt more confident and empowered to better parent our [child].”
Questions or ready to sign-up?
If you have questions or are ready to sign-up for a coach, please contact Heather Sloan, Director of Nightlight’s Post Adoption Connection Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-741-1633. She will conduct an initial intake call to assess if coaching services are right for your situation.
“[Our coach] was a delight to work with and brought such valuable experience and knowledge into our coaching sessions. We loved how the program was structured so that we would meet with [our coach], agree upon a plan of action, try it out, and then meet again for debriefing. This gave us time to do trial and error and then be able to process our efforts. It also naturally created a sense of accountability between us. We were encouraged to implement the agreed upon strategies because we knew we would be having a coaching session soon. We only wish that we would have been in this program during the hardest months (months 3-5) of bringing our adopted [child] home. Counseling certainly has its place, but after going through this program, we are convinced that all adoptive parents need to be, at some point, in more of a “coaching” relationship to assist them in their parenting.”