Groups for Adolescents
The primary task of adolescence is identity formation and separation from their parents. This enables teens to move out into the world. This process is more challenging for teen-agers who have been adopted as they have to separate from their birth parents as well as their adoptive parents.
TBA Teen Adoption Corps
Purpose: The group provides an opportunity for teens to develop mutual support around the unique issues adolescent adoptees face. The group explores the seven core issues faced by adoptees and how these may act as triggers for behavior. Some of the topics include school issues, social challenges, preparing psychologically for college.
The group also provides opportunities for community service through assisting in adoption-related activities such as panel discussions and workshops. The mentoring program provides an opportunity for the teen-agers to develop organizational and leadership skills.
“There is a magical, visceral connection which our current group has formed which has enabled them to do significant work on processing their adoption.”
E-mail us if you wish to enroll your teen in the next session.
China Connections: A Group for Teen-Age Girls ages 13, 14 and 15
Purpose: China Connections will provide a chance to connect with other teens who have been adopted from China. There will be fun activities which will help participants learn more about Chinese culture. Suggestions have included: cooking, calligraphy, art, make-up, language and games. There will also be time to talk about the challenges faced in school and in life while trying to figure out who you are.
Logistics: The group will be limited to six young women. We will meet once a month on Saturday mornings (dates to be determined) from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
As we planned this group, a college-age adoptee noted, “I would have felt as if I had been given a luxury to be able to be in a group where I wouldn’t have to explain myself, where I could be in a safe space to share my feelings.”
Email us if you wish to enroll your teen in the next session.
Strengthening the well-being of families formed through adoption.