Adoption Journeys gives families support, tools for success

The Edwards family (from left), Eric, Coleman, Michael, and Anna, stood tall with “Big League Brian” at MARE’s Walk for Adoption at Jordan’s Furniture in Taunton.
The Edwards family (from left), Eric, Coleman, Michael, and Anna, stood tall with “Big League Brian” at MARE’s Walk for Adoption at Jordan’s Furniture in Taunton.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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During the process of adopting, families often get lots of support from experienced professionals.

But once the adoption is final, much of that support falls away, and families can be left to cope with complicated issues on their own.

Adoption Journeys is a free, state-funded program offered to adoptive families through a nonprofit agency, Child and Family Services. Many families, though, are not aware that the service is available at no cost to families with any type of adoption — public, private, domestic, and international.

“We’re a well-kept secret,” said Heather Ingham, regional manager in the Somerville office, which includes Boston and communities to the south.

And finding out about that secret made all the difference to one Winchester family.

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