Adoptive Parents: Why You Need an Adoption Support Group . . . and How to Find One

Whether you are considering becoming a foster parent or parent through adoption, are awaiting placement, or are a seasoned pro, finding people with similar experiences is an important part of your journey. You may find that your day-to-day friends and family members don’t relate to your adoption story and you need people to connect with who have walked the same or a similar path. The people I have met as a result of my adoption journey have grown to be some of my closest and most valued friends. There are many support groups available, but how do you find them?

Adoption support groups come in many shapes and sizes. Finding the right fit might take a little trial and error, but once you find one, you will not only gain lots of support and learn a lot, but friendships will form that you never knew you needed.

When I first joined adoption support groups, I was looking for help and answers in how to adopt, but the longer I have been in the groups and the further I have branched out into broader groups, I have found that the insight I have gained from not just fellow adoptive parents, but also from birth parents and those who were adopted, have been a huge added value! These are people you can relate to, who can support you, teach you, and reflect with you. When times are good and when the journey is tough, you have people to lean on without judgment but with understanding.

Considering adoption? Let us help you on your journey to creating your forever family. Visit Adoption.org or call 1-800-ADOPT-98.