Is a Lifelong Journey

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At Boston Post Adoption Resources, we understand the challenges and impact that adoption can have on relationships, family dynamics, and identity. No matter what your adoption related question or concern is, you do not have to figure it out alone!

Voices Unheard a Reflective Journal for Adult Adoptees

The BPAR Bookshelf

Our Journal for Adult Adoptees:

Voices Unheard:
A Reflective Journal for Adult Adoptees

Our Book for Parents/Caregivers:

Adoption Is a Lifelong Journey

The BPAR Mission

Since 2012, BPAR has provided specialized trauma-informed individual and group therapeutic care and culturally sensitive support. We connect people to post adoption resources and educate the public about the impacts of adoption. Through our services, BPAR invites those touched by adoption to join our community in an environment that encourages lifelong healing.

BPAR's Clinical Services

Our adoption competent clinicians offer many types of support:

Individual Therapy

Clients throughout
their lifespan

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Family Therapy

Adoptive and
foster families

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Peer Support Groups

Adoptee peers,
parenting groups

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Search Support

Birth family search
& hosted reunions

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Contact us to decide what's right for you or your family.

At BPAR we are committed to the safety of our clients.
We are continuing to provide the majority of our services through telehealth
as long as state and federal regulations recommend this as a best practice.

When we do offer in-person therapy, we do it in a way that is as safe as possible.
Our clinicians will discuss opportunities for in-person services when available.

Join Us at an Adoption Support Group,
Wellness Workshop, or Event

Group, Workshop & Event Schedule

Read the BPAR Blog

Here's what's new:

From Blame to Empowerment — Healing as the Family Scapegoat

By Angela Smith, LICSW

When a dysfunctional family disallows expressing emotions and challenging the norm, one child may become the scapegoat, bearing blame for all problems and serving as a distraction from the real issues. If you identify with this role, here are some steps you can take to free yourself.

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The Impact of Breakups on Adoptees

By Mirela Caron, MA

Romantic relationships carry an unavoidable risk of possible loss and rejection. This blog explains why adoptees may feel particularly vulnerable in breakups and offers tips on how to tap into the resiliency that comes from being an adoptee.

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EMDR Therapy for Trauma Recovery and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By KC Craig, LICSW

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing therapy helps the body remember or process a traumatic experience, while preventing our brain from reacting as if it is still in danger. This blog explains the value of EMDR and debunks some EMDR myths.

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How Does Play Therapy Help Adoptees and Therapists?

By Carolyn Brazil

Play therapy acts as a medium for communication, rapport building, and the exploration of themes related to safety, abandonment, identity, and integration for adoptees. Therapists strategically use play to help children express what is troubling them when don’t have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings.

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Adoption Trauma – Part 1: What is Adoption Trauma?

By Erica Kramer, MSW

Few of us stop to consider the earliest experiences that predate the adoption process and how the body and mind might record them as trauma. This is the first of a series of BPAR blogs incorporating adoptee voices and research that will address these issues and the challenges they may cause. 

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Dance / Movement Therapy and Adoption-Competent Therapy

By Madison Janke, LMHC, R-DMT

Traumatic experiences leave a profound impact on our physical bodies. Sometimes those implicit memories or deeply buried traumas are inaccessible to verbal processing, and only accessed through body-focused and somatic-focused work. Here’s how Dance/Movement Therapy and Adoption-Competent Therapy intersect very effectively.

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How Do You Know if Someone Is Trustworthy?

By Lisa Coppola, M.Ed, LMHC

Trust is hard for people with early childhood trauma and attachment disruptions. As adults who get to choose who we let into our lives, it can still be confusing for us to know who is worth investing our trust in. Here are some general ways to discern if someone is higher up on the trustworthy scale.

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BPAR Is Grateful for Client Feedback!

"Your extensive list of answers actually brought me to tears.
Until now I have felt alone and unsupported."

—SS, adult adoptee

"I always leave a session with a new thought or perspective.
BPAR nudges me to better myself and to be a better parent."

—Megan C, foster adoptive parent

"BPAR specializes in adoption issues,
and their therapists truly understand how to help me connect with my daughter."

—Ericka, adoptive parent

"I think it’s about the really thoughtful approach that you take.
Steadfast, honest, clear-sighted, intentional, thoughtful advice helps my own development."

—Dan, foster parent

"I need help understanding that part of me so I can get over that hump in life.
You guys opened a path for me. So now I’m just walking down it."

—An adult transracial adoptee

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