What is Touched By Adoption?
Touched By Adoption (TBA) was established in 2006 in response to the realization that there was a great need to provide pre and post adoptive counseling and education for parents, educators and mental health professionals.
TBA's primary focus is providing adoption-competent counseling for families which have been created by adoption. TBA works with families and adoptees ages 14 and older as they cope with the specific challenges they face. Our groups are one of the most powerful ways to connect with people who truly understand.
During the past 11 years, TBA has conducted adoption-focused staff trainings for several pre-schools including Earthplace, Christ & Holy Trinity Nursery School and The Conservative Synagogue in Westport, as well as school systems in Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Eagle Hill of Greenwich and Villa Maria in Stamford. TBA has conducted trainings for The Connecticut Society of Psychoanalytical Psychologists, Reproductive Medicine Associates in Norwalk, The Adoptive Parents Committee and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut.
TBA sponsors an annual educational forum for the adoption community which featured internationally recognized adoption experts such as Sherrie Eldridge, Betty Jean Lifton and Debbie Riley. Our 2013 forum was entitled Inside the Minds & Hearts of Birth Parents: A Panel Discussion. Our 2014 forum, Adoption: A Life-long Journey, Voices of Adult Adoptees. It featured Beneath My Father’s Sky, a play written and performed by Zara Phillips and was followed by a discussion with adult adoptees. Our 2017 forum entitled, An Adoptee's Journey to Identity, featured Nancy Verrier, MFT, author of The Primal Wound and Thomas Ahern, MA, adult adoptee and advocate for adoptees' rights.
TBA has written articles which focus on the unique challenges adoptive families face; these have been published in The Adoptive Families magazine, The Connecticut Parents magazine, Country Kids and The Minute Man.
We feel that Trauma and Resilience is a powerful description of the adoptees’ journey. They experience the trauma of loss and separation from their birth families while demonstrating tremendous resilience in coping with the unique challenges that being adopted presents throughout their lives.
Strengthening the well-being of families formed through adoption.