In response to a call from the community for specialized post-adoption services, the Adoption Mentoring Partnership emerged from a collaboration between Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County, the Rudd Adoption Research Program at UMass Amherst, the Adoption Journeys program, the Amherst Regional School District, and the Psychological Services Center at UMass Amherst to create a unique support system for adopted children in Amherst and the surrounding communities.
The mission of the UMass Adopted Student Advisory Panel (ASAP) is to advise professionals and non-professionals in the field of adoption about how to best support those who are adopted and their families. In addition, the group engages in adoption related advocacy by raising awareness on campus about the lived experience of those who are adopted.
The Re-envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) Initiative seeks to change the culture and practice of how we perceive and support children and youth in the public foster care system in the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin County region of Western Massachusetts
In continuing to fulfill the Rudd Adoption Research Program's goals of connecting the community with researchers and policymakers, we have begun The Voices Project, in which we interview leading researchers, practitioners, doctors, professors, and clinicians in the field of adoption, and publish their responses here.