Community

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 Support Groups, which are ongoing and can be joined at any time and our Support-ucation Groups, which are time limited with a clear stop and and include a little bit of education and a little bit of support (support-ucation, get it?).

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

Creating A Family

Our colleagues at Creating a Family have chosen us to pilot their new support group curriculum.  Each month will be a new topic developed by the professionals at Creating a Family.  Topics covered will include:

  • Managing Expectations (Mar)

  • Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences (Apr)

  • Handling Sensory Issues (May)  

  • Understanding the IEP process (June)

  • Parenting Neglected Kids (July)

The group will be structured to include some education on the given topic and time to discuss the topic and how it impacts your lives.  

We are launching multiple groups in the hopes to reach a lot of families with this excellent curriculum.  

  • North Charlotte Group (4th Monday; 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

    • March 23, April 27, May 25*, June 22, July 27

  • South Charlotte Group (3rd Friday; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

    • March 20, April 24, May 15, June 19, July 17

  • Facilitated by ASA Executive Director, Erin Nasmyth

There is an option to start an online version of this group as well.  If you cannot come to an in person group and would be interested in meeting online, please reach out to info@adoptionsupportalliance.org

Growing Attachment in Adoption

Are you an adoptive parent that has struggled with attaching to your child?  Do your child's difficult behaviors make it hard to enjoy him? Do you sometimes wonder why you made the decision to adopt? Do you feel guilty about all of this? You are not alone. Join us as we discuss attachment, trauma, grief and adjustment following an adoption.  

 

  • Meets twice monthly on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • March 3 & 17, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16

  • Facilitated by ASA Executive Director Erin Nasmyth 

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.

 

  • Meets once a month on (3rd) Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

  • January 20, February 10, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15

  • Facilitated by ASA Executive Director, Erin Nasmyth             

Support Group for Adopted Teenagers

Are you a teenage adoptee? This support group provides a safe space to talk with others like you about the issues you’re facing in your daily life.

 

  • Meets once a month on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

  • Meets at Amelie's in Noda

  • January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5 and June 2

  • Facilitated by ASA adoption therapist Jessica Houston, LCSW 

Support Group for Parents of Adopted Teenagers

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.

  • January 6, February 3, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1

  • Facilitated by ASA Executive Director, Erin Nasmyth 

Support-ucation Groups

 

These groups are time limited.  The expectation is that you start and complete all sessions with the same group members each time.  We request payment for our support-ucation groups at the time of registration. Please reach out via email with questions, or register here

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 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!

  • Group will meet in the ASA office in Elizabeth

  • Group will meet for three one-hour and a half sessions from 10 am to 11:30 am 

    • February 19, 26 & March 4

  • In the Fall of 2020, we will offer an evening group

  • Facilitated by ASA Executive Director Erin Nasmyth 

  • $120 for all three sessions 

STAR/Mindfulness Parenting Group

Adoption Support Alliance is hosting a group for adoptive parents facilitated by Amanda Zaidman of Constructive Parenting.  The group will be a 6 week, weekly class series (a little education, a little support ;)).

 

Topics covered include:

  • Effective discipline

  • Parenting with your values in mind

  • Mindful parenting

  • Connecting before redirecting and

  • Understanding what your child is really asking for with his or her behavior.

Logistical Details: 

  • Group will meet at the ASA office in Elizabeth

  • Begins February 24th and meets for six weeks from 10 am until 11 am. 

    • February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30​

  • Facilitated by Amanda Zaidman, LCSW of Constructive Parenting.

  • Learn more about the curriculum here

  • $120 for all six sessions.

Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma

 

This workshop (also known as Resource Parent Curriculum or RPC) was designed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is packed full of information that has been gathered from all types of families and professionals who have worked and lived with children associated with the DSS system.

Children and youth who cannot remain safely at home with their birth families are often placed in orphanages, homes of relatives, licensed foster parents or adopted.  Many of these children have lived through traumatic experiences that affect their behaviors, feelings and attitudes. A child's history can make taking care of them on a day-to-day basis challenging and sometimes stressful.  Once a resource parent understands why a child behaves the way he or she does, it can be easier to provide the support and care for a child who has suffered from trauma needs.

Weekly modules include:

  • Trauma 101

  • Understanding Trauma's Effects

  • Building a Safe Place

  • Dealing with Feelings and Behaviors

  • Connections and Healing

  • Becoming an Advocate

  • Taking Care of Yourself. 

Over the 8 weeks, Erin will be participating in supervision with professionals at Duke University to ensure that participants are receiving the best training experience possible. 

Logistical Details: 

  • This group is most appropriate for international adoptive parents and parents who have adopted from foster care

  • Group will meet at the ASA office in Elizabeth

  • Begins March 18th and meets for eight weeks from 10 am until noon. 

    • March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29 & May 6, 13​

  • This course will be facilitated by Executive Director, Erin Nasmyth, LCSW and Katie Pendergrast, LCSW, who is a former ASA board member and an adoptive parent.

  • Hear from others who have done the curriculum across the country

  • Learn more about the curriculum here. 

  • $200 for all eight sessions.

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