Utah

All parents at times need help and resources to parent their children. Different families need different kinds of support, depending upon where the family lives, the family’s lifestyle, how the family deals with life’s issues, and the nature of the challenges of the child who was adopted.  Many people turn to family, friends, religious communities, and neighbors in times of crisis—but there is other help out there.   Creating a support network is vital to withstand the pressures put on a family when adopting a child with special needs.  Many families think that love will be enough, only to find out that although it is a critically important ingredient, many other things are also needed to truly help children become successful adults. The resource section of Utah's Adoption Connection website is good information for any parent, but is geared towards the issues an adoptive family may face.

Utah's Adoption Connection

The resource section of Utah's Adoption Connection website is good information for any parent, but is geared towards the issues an adoptive family may face.

Lending Library

The Adoption Exchange also houses a Lending Library that allows you to borrow books about adoption and adoption issues. The Lending Library carries an extensive selection of materials specific to adoption and foster care available to you at no cost. Many of these materials are not available through public libraries.

The Lending Library topics include:

Children's Books - Drug Exposure - Family Relations - General Adoption - Grief & Trauma Healing - Kinship - Mental Illness - Parenting Advice - Physical/Learning Disabilities - Professionals - Search & Reunion - Sexual Abuse - Special Needs Adoption - Transracial

Additional Resources

Support Groups

Eastern Region: Kobi Prettyman 435-636-0210

Name Contact Info Cluster
Karen 435-749-1256 Carbon / Emery
Janarie 435-820-6162 Carbon / Emery
Jackie 435-678-3019 Grand / San Juan
Kaycee 435-260-7372 Grand / San Juan
Shanna 435-722-6885 Uintah Basin
Teresa 435-621-1117
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Uintah Basin

Northern Region: Maegen Bernardo 801-392-1114

Name Contact Info Cluster
Holly 435-851-2509 Box Elder
Laura 435-753-7232 Cache Valley
Jill .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Level III
Jennifer 801-845-2260 North Davis
Amber 801-814-5693 Ogden
Millie 801-866-9524 Ogden
Mandi 801-450-2245 South Central Davis
Gaby 801-458-8121 Spanish Speaking
Heather 801-589-9839 Weber West

Salt Lake Valley Region: Tina Porter 801-994-5205

Name Contact Info Cluster
Rachel B 801-651-3098
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Kearns / Magna
Tina 801-994-5205 Murray / Midvale / East Salt Lake
Rachel H .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Salt Lake Metro
Janet 801-867-1552
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Sandy / Draper
Ruth 801-568-6632 Spanish Speaking
Stephanie 801-682-5925 Tooele
Blair 801-200-8150 Tooele
Ruthanne 801-652-5500 West Jordan

Southwest Region: Diane Callister 435-656-8065

Name Contact Info Cluster
Vicki 435-590-0920 Cedar City
Connie 435-262-1347 Manti
Holly 801-360-1967 Richfield
Brooke 435-229-2637 St. George

Western Region: Heidi Naylor 801-373-3006

Name Contact Info Cluster
Beth .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Central
Staci .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Level III
Britta 801-367-3329
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North
Ronnett .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Adoption
Teresa .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) South