Specialized Outpatient Program (Post Adoption Support Services)

The Post Adoption Support Service program provides specialized complex trauma, attachment based treatment services to meet the needs of children who are adopted or who are in legal guardianship homes. The therapists are specifically trained to work with children to heal wounds resulting from trauma from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and loss. The children may be diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder. The work we do is based on a holistic approach and requires the active participation of family members.

  • Two-week intensive therapy
  • Post intensive follow-up therapy
  • Training
  • Community Education

Our therapists have 20+ years of experience working with children who have been abused, neglected, adopted, or placed in legal guardianship homes. Our Child and adolescent psychiatrist and several of our therapists were trained at the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio under Dr. Gregory Keck. Our therapeutic interventions include:

  • Child understanding of past trauma and expectations of new family
  • Parent Support, Education, and Coaching
  • Parent-Child Bonding Exercises

Clinical oversight of this program is provided by Dr. Mary Anne Albaugh, MD.

Program Specific Outcomes

The program began utilizing the Parenting Relationship Questionnaire as their primary assessment in FY10-11.  The PRQ is an instrument developed to identify parental perspective of the parent-child relationship.  The instrument is administered in one or of two formats: preschool (ages 2-5) and child/adolescent (ages 6-18).   It is administered pre treatment and post treatment (one year later). Data is analyzed by Mercyhurst Civic Institute.

The following areas showed significant improvement:

  • Attachment - 92.9% Showed Improvement
  • Parental Relational Frustration - 92.9% Showed Improvement
  • Parenting Confidence - 78.6% Showed Improvement
  • Communication - 69.2% Showed Improvement
  • Satisfaction with School - 61.5% Showed Improvement

For more information regarding this program please contact us at 814-835-1700.

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