Support Groups

Support Groups are often a key component of the adoptive family’s journey.  We know that it can be difficult to find people in your local community who share the same needs and desires when it comes to the level of adoption support you want.  That is why we have developed the group component of our ACT program—to bring together people from around the nation who “are in the same boat” so that you can learn, grow, and thrive together in your God-designed adoptive families, with the loving and professional support of our trained staff.  


How Do Groups Gather and Connect?


Some of our groups are held by phone conference while others are held through video-conference.  In either method, you call into, or log into, a specific and private area with a small group of other people.  This can be done from your own home or office on your phone, tablet, smart-phone, or computer.  For video conference, you will have the option to “share your webcam” so that others may see you, which facilitates more personal interaction using facial expressions and body language.  Video-conference participants show up on your screen in “Brady Bunch” fashion, so you get the benefit of interacting verbally and visually with each other.


What are the Fees for Groups?  


Some of our groups are offered at no cost, while others require a small fee.  This fee may vary depending the type of group, but is typically about $25 / 1 hour group session.  

 

Click here more Frequently Asked Questions about Groups, or Contact Us for more information.

 

Currrently Offered Groups

FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR JUNE (non-AWAA families, cost is $25.00)
The Impact of Adult Attachment on Adoptive Parenting
For:  Any family who has received adoption services through AWAA
Date:  June 22, 8pm-10pm EST
Leader:  Dr. Karen Hutchenson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and ACT Consultant
Cost:  Free!  (non-AWAA families, cost is $25.00)
RSVP & Description:  REGISTER HERE or email ACT@awaa.org



FIVE WEEK INTERACTIVE WEBINAR SERIES
Reviewing and Implementing Successful Adoptive Parenting Strategies
For:  Any family who has adopted a child who is currently a toddler or pre-school age
Date:  for five sessions, Mondays at 8pm EST, June 12 – July 10
Leader:  Samantha Fuhrman, MSW, ACT Coach and AWAA-NY Director of Social Services
Description:  This five week series will walk through strategies in parenting younger adopted children and common issues in attachment, sensory and environmental needs, and discipline.  Each session will begin with an educational component that reviews TBRI principles, and then parents will have ample time to share about their challenges and joys while receiving support and advice from the group.
Cost:  $125 for the 5 week series
RSVP Deadline:  Friday, June 9 (email ACT@awaa.org)



FIVE SESSION EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP
Overcoming Post-Adoption Blues:   When Life after Your Adoption is Not What you Expected
For:  Parents who are struggling with anxiety, stress, guilt, worry, and more, following an adoption
Date:  for 5 sessions, every other Wednesday at 9pm EST, starting July 12
Leader:  Leslie Knight, MSW, ACT Coach and AWAA WA & OR Director of Social Services
Description:  Many parents report difficult feelings following an adoption as they strive to attain a “new normal” while working hard to bond with a child not born to them.  This group will help parents who are struggling like this to define and understand their feelings and find ways to take care of themselves while providing for all the needs of their newly adopted child.  Using a mix of education and supportive interaction to help normalize this adjustment, the eventual goal is to help parents attain full joy in the parent-child relationship.
Cost:  $125
RSVP Deadline:  Monday, July 10 (email ACT@awaa.org)



WEEKLY ONGOING OPEN CHAT GROUP FOR TEENS
Where Am I From & Where Am I Going?
For:  Adopted teenagers age 14+ who what to connect with other adopted teens
Date:  Thursdays at 9pm EST, starting July 20
Leader:  Ashly Taylor, LPC, ACT Coach
Description:  Being a teenager is tough, and it can be even harder when your life story is different from lots of your peers.  Having a biological family that is different than the family you live with, or perhaps looking different or being a different race than your parents, can all lead to questions, especially as you figure out who you are and what you want to become.  Join other teens in the same situation each Thursday night at 9pm from your computer, tablet, or phone to talk about these and other questions.
Cost:  $25/session (3 session minimum)
RSVP Deadline:  payment must be received 24 hours before session (email ACT@awaa.org)



THREE WEEK INTERACTIVE WEBINAR SERIES
Understanding Sensory Issues in Your Adopted Child
For:  Parents of adopted children, or parents in the process of adopting
Date:  for three sessions, Tuesdays at 9pm EST, June 13 – June 27 
Leader:  Dr. Angie Lynch-Fannon, OTD, Occupational Therapist, ACT Coach
Description:  In this webinar, you will learn how to identify sensory processing issues in your child.  Dr. Lynch Fannon will cover how sensory integration develops in all of us, and how it can turn into a dysfunction.  General strategies that can be used at home will also be presented, as well as other reputable resources. 
Cost:  $75 for 3 week series
RSVP Deadline:  Monday, June 12 (email ACT@awaa.org)



WEEKLY ONGOING OPEN SUPPORT GROUP
Anchored in Hope
For:  Parents of adopted children, or parents in the process of adopting
Date:  Thursdays at 9pm EST, starting June 22
Leader:  Amber Lewis, LPC, ACT Coach and AWAA Clinical Supervisor
Description:  Parents come together to ask questions, get support, and help each other, under professional staff guidance, in this weekly open group.  Each week will focus on common issues in adoption such as consequences for misbehaviors, irrational fears, struggles with bonding, sleeping issues, and more, based on questions submitted by group members or ACT leadership.  Each session will end in a time of prayer as we lift each other up, express our gratitude, and petition for strength and wisdom as we walk this path of adoptive parenting together.
Cost:  $25/session (3 session minimum)
RSVP Deadline:  payment must be received 24 hours before session (email ACT@awaa.org)

 

Email act@awaa.org if you have a specific request for a group or class.