The first step in exploring adoption with Ampersand Families is a one-on-one orientation, usually over a cup of coffee, with one of our staff. If you decide to move forward to adoption, you will have our unconditional commitment to walk beside you and help you find whatever supports you need to be successful.

We treat you like an individual from orientation all the way through the process, because long-term success depends on getting it right at each stage.  One of the things that Ampersand Families is most proud of is the innovative array of supports we provide families once the youth has moved in.

As long as you want and need support following adoption, Ampersand Families is there.

  • Helping you develop and use a safety plan, including reliable steps to take in case a crisis arises.
  • Helping you navigate frustrating systems to access educational, mental health and other supports.
  • Initiating check-in contacts with you at least monthly for at least the first year. (How often and what we do depends on what you want and need from us.)
  • Matching you with a “Buddy Family” so you are sure to have routine respite and informal support from another family committed just to you.
  • Staying in touch with you about ways that you and your family can take leadership in helping make the system better for youth and families who are still waiting. (We recognize that your experience is invaluable.)

Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)

In 2015 we received funding from Mt. Sinai Community Foundation to certify one of our staff in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).  By Summer of 2017 we will be equipped to complete NMT assessments on youth in our families.  Developed by Bruce Perry, the NMT  has a fancy name, but it’s pretty basic and pretty brilliant. This evidence-based assessment looks at a youth’s particular combination of functioning and developmental trauma to create a “picture” of the impact that abuse, neglect and trauma has had on the youth’s brain. From the assessment we will be able to identify an array of mind-body strategies to help restore neglected neural pathways – healing through yoga, dance, drumming, jumping, moving, singing.  The evidence is in that these strategies make a difference and Ampersand Families will help our families access them.


Why choose Ampersand Families?

 I work at Ampersand because it’s a place where passionate people do excellent work. Ampersand is a place that’s truly mission-driven, that works hard on behalf of kids and families, and that invests in the people that are doing the work.  

Kate Mejicano, Permanency Specialist

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