Frequently Asked Questions
Why do adoptive families need unique support? What kind of difficulties do they have that other families may not?
Children who have been adopted often come from abusive and neglectful environments, and as a result, have trauma history. Healing from trauma history is possible, but it takes specialized parenting that can often require a more unique skill set than parenting children who have had healthy experiences. Adoptive families can sometimes feel alone in their difficulties and benefit from support from others who are knowledgeable about and can relate to their specific needs.
What is trauma-informed care? Why is it important?
Trauma-informed care has been defined as the understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma, including abuse and neglect. Trauma changes the way the brain functions, and often times, causes challenging behaviors that become more destructive over time. Without trauma-informed care, unintentional harm can be created in situations that might otherwise be considered normal to those who have not experienced trauma.
Many times, discipline that is effective with children from healthy, appropriate environments is not effective with children “from hard places” and can even escalate negative behaviors. Therefore, discipline and interactions that are rooted in trauma-informed care can help a child heal from trauma. Building connections to healthy adults and forming healthy relationships must be paramount in every interaction, especially those regarding discipline.
What makes Stand Up Eight's services different than other available post-adoption services?
Unlike other programs, Stand Up Eight provides behavior management guidance in the adoptive family's home at least twice a month. In addition, Stand Up Eight addresses the needs of the entire family unit, rather than specific individuals only, in order to promote attachment between children and parents and healing from trauma. Stand Up Eight serves as a support to all family members to help them address their deepest needs for connection, and is committed to walking alongside each family as they learn to enrich their relationships with one another.
Do you work with families who have children currently in the custody of Child Protective Services?
Stand Up Eight works with children who were previously in the custody of Child Protective Services, but are now adopted and in the custody of their adoptive parent(s).
Do you work with families who have not adopted?
Stand Up Eight was created to meet the distinctive needs of adoptive families, and does not work with families who have not adopted.
Do you work with children who have disabilities?
Stand Up Eight is committed to working with all kinds of children and families, and will address each family’s unique needs on a case-by-case basis.
How are you able to keep services at an affordable cost to families?
Stand Up Eight is a part of Restoration Collective, an incorporated nonprofit with 501(c)(3) certification from the Internal Revenue Service. Restoration Collective exists to provide and promote lasting solutions for vulnerable children and families. It serves as a fiscal sponsor for Stand Up Eight and other child welfare programs. Stand Up Eight raises funds through private donations and grants to off-set costs to families.
Is insurance accepted as payment for services?
Stand Up Eight is committed to providing services that are not cost-prohibitive to families of varying income levels, but is not able to accept insurance as payment at this time.
Is Stand Up Eight a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) certification? Are gifts tax deductible?
Stand Up Eight is a part of Restoration Collective, an incorporated nonprofit with 501(c)(3) certification from the Internal Revenue Service. Restoration Collective exists to provide and promote lasting solutions for vulnerable children and families. It serves as a fiscal sponsor for Stand Up Eight and other child welfare programs. Gifts are tax deductible.
What kind of donations does Stand Up Eight need?
Stand Up Eight has a modest annual budget, and is committed to keeping costs affordable for adoptive families. Stand Up Eight is a program with a nonprofit organization, and relies on financial support from private donors, businesses in the community, and grants/foundations.