Part of our mission at Adoption Support Alliance is to bring together adoptive families from across the Charlotte region to create opportunities for connection, support and impact. Individually, we’re building strong, thriving families, but together, we’re building a community. We offer a number of ways to connect with the Adoption Support Alliance community.
On this page, find information on our Therapist-Led Support Groups, our Community-Led Support Groups, and our Support-ucation Groups. Depending on what you are seeking and your desire for commitment, we have a spot for you. Don't see something of interest? E-mail us to share your ideas!
Therapist-Led Support Groups
These groups are ongoing. There is no official start or stop point- please join when your schedule allows- it's like rolling admission. Only pay when you attend- $20 each session but your first group is always FREE! Please reach out via email with questions, or register here.
Support Group for Adult Adoptees
This group is designed to focus on the needs of adult adoptees, create connections and build a community of support. This is mean to supplement, but not replace individual therapy.
Meets once a month on (4th) Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (currently virtual)
January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28 & December 19
Facilitated by ASA Executive Director, Erin Nasmyth
Forever Parent Support Group
In partnership with Foster Village Charlotte, this is a group for caregivers who have adopted or have guardianship from foster care. This group is also open for foster parents who are on the journey toward adoption (post TPR).
Meets once a month on (2nd) Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (currently virtual)
April 12, May 10, June 7
Facilitated by ASA Executive Director, Erin Nasmyth, and staff at Foster Village Charlotte
Community-led Support Groups
These groups are ongoing and will likely evolve over time to meet the needs of the community. . Please join as frequently as your schedule allows. Attendance is free and the events will be led by ASA community volunteers.
Inspired by those who have participated in our Adoption 101 class, this group is for those considering or in the process of adoption. Open to all individuals and couples who would like to be supported by others going through a similar stage of the journey.
For this season, the group is being led by Liz Preston, an ASA community member, driven by her family's adoption experience.
Meets once a month on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (Feb 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8 and Dec 13)
Locations and times will vary, so sign-up below to be added to our e-mail list and receive the latest updates
Nothing about teenagers is easy, but having a support network definitely helps. If you’re an adoptive parent of a teenager, join our support group for regular discussions about all the issues impacting your family at this stage of life.
Meets once a month on (1st) Monday from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
Feb 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, Aug 1, Sept 5, Oct. 3, Nov 7 and Dec 5
Facilitated by adoptive parent and long-term group participant, Diane Adams.
Support-ucation Groups 2022 Options
These groups are time-limited and therefore the expectation is that participants begin and complete all sessions with the same group members each time. Additional options will be added throughout the year, so check here or follow along in our newsletter for updates.
Be the Bridge:
This group walks through the transracial adoption curriculum developed by Be the Bridge, a faith-based organization that supports racial reconciliation and helps others to develop skills to promote racial healing.
The curriculum is designed to help white parents to actively engage and educate themselves about the history and experiences of people of color in America in order to more effectively raise adopted children of color.
Talking to Your Kids About Adoption
Are you unsure what phrases to use to share your child's adoption story with them? Do you feel uncomfortable when your child starts to ask questions? Do you have an open adoption that, at times, complicates the conversations you are having? Join us for a group of adoptive parents who are in the early stages of talking to their children about their adoption stories.
This 3-week time-limited group is designed to be both educational and supportive. You'll leave with greater confidence in having conversations with your child, tools to use in the conversations and a feeling that you are not alone!