Transitioning to Adulthood

Moving into adulthood is hard! After experiencing foster care, adoption or other losses, finding one's way as a "grown up" can be even more challenging. Every young person has their own unique path to forge & follow. With their help, we've done our best to gather resources to support this important, inevitable journey. Please reference our Adoptee & Foster Voices, Grief & Loss, LGBTQ+, Mental Health, Parent & Professional Self Love & Care, Teen Topics and Trauma pages for more resources.

Much gratitude to the young people whose lived experience voices have informed this page!

Earn $50 - Study on Adopted Young Adult's Transition to Adulthood:

Adopted young adults ages 18-24 are invited to participate in a survey to share their perspectives & experiences related to adoption. For example: What advice would you give to adopted kids and families? What made the transition to adolescence & early adulthood easier or harder? For individuals who are in college: What was important to you in thinking about/choosing a college? The survey also asks some questions about birth family, mental health, and family relationships and communication.

Survey takes approx. 45 minutes - 1 hour to complete. Participants receive an ID# and individual survey link to participate. The individual link is UNIQUE and cannot be shared. You will receive $50 if you complete the survey. You must complete at least 75% of the questions to be paid. You can step away from it/your browser and complete it at various intervals; it doesn’t need to be completed in one sitting.

To participate, please contact Project Director, Abbie Goldberg, Professor of Psychology, Clark University (,

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Recommended Books & Articles

Transitioning to Adulthood-related materials in ORPARC's library

Adult adoption

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