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:

5 Tips: How to Help Someone Who is Struggling with Addictive Behavior

By Lisa Coppola, M.Ed, LMHC

When you love someone who is struggling with an addiction, it can be heartbreaking, frustrating, and confusing to know how you might help them. As an addiction specialist for thirteen years, these are my top tips that I strongly recommend.

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Adoptee Grief Is Real

By Lisa Coppola, M.Ed, LMHC

Adoptees often feel a sadness they can’t pinpoint. Adoption is rooted in loss, and adoptee grief is real. Yet we don’t hear much about grief in discussions about adoption. Here Lisa Coppola, LMHC shares her podcast about unacknowledged grief with Ken Barringer.

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Drama Therapy — Mental Health Awareness Month Spotlight

By Rebecca Elowe

A person may feel the impact of the traumatic experience without having language to talk about it. Drama therapy can evoke, hold, and assist in the processing of feelings when there are no words. For adoptees, it offers an opportunity to change a person’s view of their life story.

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The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Telling the Truth

By Alyson Summer Del Castillo

How much should an adoptive parent tell a child about their birth family? How should the conversation change as the child grows up? This blog explores developmentally appropriate ways to approach the truth and how to initiate conversations.

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How Do We Begin to Embrace Marginalized Identities in a Violent World? The Struggle of the Adoptee

By Marta Isabella Sierra, LMHC

“We have gathered together. We are now at risk.” Imagine you are an adopted person who worked, blood, sweat and tears over countless hours to discover who you are. Maybe you long for your community. As you enter that physical space, instead of euphoria, you feel paralyzing fear.

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Adoptee Remembrance Day — Shining a Light on the Hidden Side of Adoption

By Angela Smith, LICSW

On Adoptee Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the complexities of adoption for the adoptee, remember that adoption is rooted in loss, honor adoptees we have lost to suicide, and vow to promote education about adoption trauma. This blog explains ways to support your adoptee loved ones.

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Parenting When It’s Hard to Like Your Child — Understanding Blocked Care in Adoptive Families

By Darci Nelsen, LMHC, BC-DMT

“Why is my child withdrawing? And why am I tempted to give up and disengage?” This blog explains self-protective instincts for both adopted children (blocked trust) and parents (blocked care), how a child’s response may be rooted in early trauma, and strategies for parenting with empathy.

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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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