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Community Building

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 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.

For this season, we are reading and discussing Coming Home to Self by Nancy Verrier.   

  • Meets once a month on (1st) Monday from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

  • March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 4, November 1, December 6

  • 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.

For this season, we will be reading and discussing (loosely), Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge.

 

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

  • February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 13

  • Facilitated by ASA Executive Director, Erin Nasmyth             

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 (August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9)

  • Locations and times will vary, so sign-up below to be added to our e-mail list and receive the latest updates

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With the hope of gathering together as adoptive families, this group is open to anyone along the adoption journey.  It is often difficult to connect with other families who can share similar stories of their families.  It is with this hope that this group can provide that sense of connection and mutual understanding that we all crave while also participating in fun activities.

 

  • Meets once a month throughout the Charlotte-area 

  • Kick-off Event will take place on August 6th with a family dinner & movie night Uptown

  • Organized by ASA community member, Lisa Evans

  • Sign-up below to be added to our e-mail list and receive the latest updates on future plans

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Support-ucation Groups 2021 Options

 

These groups are time limited.  The expectation is that you start and complete all sessions with the same group members each time.  Right now we are gathering information about   what options to offer.  Let us know what you'd like to see by completing this survey.   Learn more about the options below. 

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.  

Creating a Family 

Our colleagues at Creating a Family have chosen us to pilot their new support group curriculum developed by the professionals at Creating a Family

 

Topics covered will include:

  • Managing Expectations 

  • Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Raising Resilient Kids

  • Helping Children Heal from Trauma & Loss 

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.  

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!

Be the Bridge:
Transracial Adoption

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.  

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. 

 

Logistical Details: 

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

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

  • Learn more about the curriculum here.