Goodbye 2020. Hello 2021!

We are all ready to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021!

As we start a new year, we invite you to partner with us to make 2021 one of ASA's best years yet. While 2020 was hard for all of us and has required a lot of adjustments to the way we have provided services and the way we build community, there has been a lot to be thankful for as well. If you don’t follow us on Facebook, please do! In November 2020, we took the opportunity to reflect on all of the gifts 2020 provided to us.

Technology has been the biggest gift! It has enabled us to continue services in 2020 at a steady pace. In fact, with the addition of telehealth, our counseling program grew exponentially this year! Generous donations solicited in 2019 (spearheaded by the Soni family- thank you!!) have allowed us to offer counseling at reduced-rates for families who wouldn't be able to afford services otherwise. We never want finances to be a reason that adoptive families do not seek the support they need for their long-term health and happiness. The additional income from our growing counseling program allows us to set goals for 2021 that have been dreams of ours for many years.

The growth we plan in 2021 will not take away from continuing the services that have benefited the adoption community in Charlotte for the last six years. We will offer an Adoptee Panel early in the year (even if we have to do it virtually). Adoption 101 and Race, Culture and Adoption classes will continue to be offered. In fact, we hope to make Adoption 101 available on an on-demand platform this year, which will allow families to get the information needed early in the adoption process at a time convenient for them. We also plan to develop a course on Openness and Adoption. Our monthly support groups for parents of adopted teens and adult adoptees will continue. We hope to reestablish an ongoing group for adopted teens. Our time-limited support-ucation groups including Caring for Children with Trauma and Talking to Kids about Adoption will be offered.