Grief & Loss

Regardless of even the best of intentions, the very act of a child coming into foster care or being adopted has roots in unspeakable grief and loss. This grief and loss then permeates the lives of everyone involved - for a lifetime - even if joy, recovery and resilience are part of the journey. More importantly, whether child or adult, everyone grieves differently and on their own timeline. By giving voice to grief, we give voice to growth. Please reference our Birth (First) Parent Grief & Loss, Couples & Caregiving, Infertility & Miscarriage Grief, Resource Parent Grief, Talking About Adoption, Foster Care & Other Hard Things, Suicide & Self Harm Supports and Trauma pages for more resources.

Gain experts tips and perspectives for weathering grief and loss in this ORPARC Short Supports video below! View the entire Short Supports collection here.

"We can't heal what we don't feel...the only way out of the pain is through the pain." ~Dr. David Kessler, international grief expert & author Finding Meaning, available in ORPARC's library


Recommended Books & Articles

Grief & Loss related Materials in ORPARC's library, including Children's Materials, Information Packets, and Infertility-related Materials plus DIGITAL

Culturally specific

Videos & Podcasts