Intake – REACH provides services to individuals and families whose lives have been touched by adoption. Once a REACH staff member has been contacted, an intake interview will be scheduled to evaluate the client’s concerns and available REACH services.
Assessment – Every adoptive family or individual has unique needs. REACH staff members assess each client’s specific concerns in order to provide appropriate adoption services.
Crisis Intervention and Support Counseling – Occasionally adoptive families need immediate support to deal with a crisis situation. REACH staff members are master’s level social workers trained to provide crisis counseling. Additionally, REACH provides support counseling and case management as needed. We understand that adoption is a lifelong process, consequently the need for adoption support services ebbs and flows over time.
Information and Referral – REACH staff members network with local child serving agencies and make referrals to: mental health providers familiar with adoption, physicians, and other professionals.
Parent Education and Support Group –REACH Adoption Support Groups are regularly held each month. Training hours are available and child care is provided in some locations. Additionally, short term support groups are scheduled to meet current needs of our families and children.
Quarterly Newsletter – The REACH newsletter is distributed on a quarterly basis. It includes adoption related articles, interviews with adoption professionals and families, book and film reviews, support group meeting dates and topics, and parenting information. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please call 209-669-2577.
REACH Lending Library – REACH offers an extensive collection of adoption related materials including books on adoptive parenting, talking with children and others about adoption, helping children adjust, and relative/kinship adoption. Additionally there are books for adopted youth and children, and various DVDs, videos, and other materials. Click here to see our list of books or call or visit our office to borrow items.
REACH Website – The REACH website is designed to provide relevant adoption related information through resources, articles, upcoming community trainings and events, website links, and newsletters.
Annual Adoption Day Event – November is National Adoption Month and REACH partners with Madera County to celebrate adoption through foster care each year. Check your newsletter, website, or call our office early in November for more information about the event.