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118 Mabry Hood Road, Suite 400

Knoxville, TN 37922

Phone 865.982.5225

Email info@harmonyfamilycenter.org

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Harmony Family Center at Montvale

4901 Montvale Road

Maryville, TN 37803

Phone 865.981.3953

Email montvale@harmonyfamilycenter.org

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Birth Parent Support

Offering an array of counseling, education, and support group services to address birth parent’s grief and loss, diminish the social stigmas they experience, and mitigate the impact of the long-term effects on children and birth parents. 

 

Harmony supports birth parents in identifying and understanding loss associated with adoption, appreciating their own loss and trauma histories, developing a role for themselves in their child achieving permanency through adoption, and taking concrete steps to support their child’s moving to permanence. 

Some of the services offered through the Birth Parent Grief and Loss Support Program include:

  • Assist birth parents in appreciating their own experiences and how these experiences have impacted them, their lives, their children their parenting, and their own resiliency;

  • Assist parents in understanding and processing the impact of their loss specific to their parental rights;

  • Set goals with the parents for hopes for themselves and their child;

  • Support birth parents in understanding what lies ahead regarding permanency for their child, legal paths of relinquishment and termination, openness in adoption, and exploring their roles in the process and impact on themselves and their child;

  • Assist parents in completing life book pages in support of their children and as a means of exploring their own loss and experiences;

  • Engage parents, as possible, in crafting a Blessing Message that communicates the transition of roles and hope for the future (could be direct, indirect, physical items, etc.)

  • Assist parents in exploring options for communication with the child and potential adoptive family immediately and ongoing over time;

  • Introduce parents to the benefits of a birth parent support group for short-term and long-term support related to loss, coping, life transitions, etc.

  • Support, through case management, the parents accessing other resources via information and referral for a full array of services including ongoing counseling, and providing list of additional resources and supports.

For more information, contact Bree Conklin, Clinical Manager of Therapeutic Services.

If you are interested in receiving Birth Parent Support services, or would like to refer a client, please fill out the form below.

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