What’s nice about the online groups is that it can be anonymous, if you’d like. You have the option to be on-screen but can choose not to do that, too. The benefit of the local groups is that they are smaller, which allows for more individual time for each parent.
The group meetings will be an hour and a half. We tend to start by checking in, then I will spend 15-30 minutes presenting the material of that particular group, then open it up for discussion. Of course, each group meeting varies according to the people, topic, etc.
What if I don’t like the group?
If after the first meeting but before the second meeting, you feel that the group is not for you, I’ll refund your fee.
Who are the groups geared for?
The groups are geared for adoptive parents of teens (ages 12-19) but adoptive parents of younger or older kids are also welcome to join! Some parents have children who act more like teens. Others have young adults who act more like teens, so it’s up to you!
Will the information be different from the book?
Yes and no. Certainly the themes and the structure of the group will be similar to the book but the discussions and material will be focused on specifics such as exactly what to say in a number of situations.
Are the groups confidential?
I ask adoptive parents to avoid identifying information such as names, countries and towns in regard to the group and to respect the privacy of others. But, it’s more of a supportive, educational group than a therapy group, although there is certainly overlap. But, it’s different because therapy groups are for those who need therapy and these groups are not. These groups are for any adoptive parent who wants to feel more informed and empowered.
What is the goal of the group?
My goal is for adoptive parents to finish the group feeling more empowered and informed than they came in. This includes having specific accessible tools that they can use right away.