Adoptive parents, please pass this info along to your teen!
Why should I join this group?
This is an amazing opportunity to hear from adoptees in high school all over the country! We are the exception. Adoptees just make up 1% of the population of those under the age of 18. We have to stick together! And, with this whole coronavirus situation, I know that you’re basically just hanging out, so why not do something interesting!
Who can join?
Any adopted teen who is currently in high school, or high-school aged.
How do we log in online?
When you register, you’ll receive the Zoom login info. You can do it on your laptop or cell phone.
When does it meet?
It meets this Tuesday, the 17th and Thursday the 19th from 6 – 7:30 pm EST. Please be prompt to minimize interruptions! I’ll plan to be on by 5:55.
What will the teens be like?
Everyone will be adopted and high-school-aged, but beyond that, it will be diverse! Struggles, insights, experiences, stories, family situations.
Even if I don’t think adoption doesn’t factor into my life right now, should I still join this group?
Absolutely! It’s always meaningful to hear from others about their lives and experiences. You never know when something might give you that “aha” insight that you needed.
What kind of group is this?
It’s not a therapeutic group, nor is it a social group. It’s a connection, supportive-type of group. It’s an opportunity to talk about being adopted, being a teenager, family and future, and all of that stuff. Some may have mental health stuff that they’re working through, but others won’t.
Do I have to speak in this group?
You certainly don’t have to, but I do encourage it! It can be really nice to tell your stories in a group that understands what being adopted is all about. No insensitive, ill-informed questions or comments, but lots of learning and listening.
Is this a live group?
Yes, you will not have access to replays of the meetings.
What are the guidelines of this group?
I ask that participants do not connect with one another while we’re meeting. It’s often easier to open up to those who are not in one’s everyday life. You can choose what you want to share and what you don’t, etc.
I ask that you don’t share specific details and other identifying information with your parents or anyone else but general themes and topics are fine. I also ask that you don’t screen shot or text while we’re meeting.
Will I like the others in the group?
There’s lots of diversity in these kinds of groups, but the beauty of this is that you don’t have to love everyone to get a lot out of the group! Each person brings their own perspective and experience. That said, it’s common that there’s lots of common ground in what others say and feel. And, it’s really fun!
Have you run these kinds of groups before?
I’ve been running groups like these for years, and love doing adoption/teen groups. I’ve also done workshops with adoptees through the life cycle at camps, conferences and schools. I enjoy doing this kind of work! Also, I’m a Korean-adoptee myself, so I know firsthand, how great it can be to talk about it with others who can relate!
When is the deadline to register?
Well, the first meeting is tomorrow, so, ASAP! Please don’t wait until tomorrow, if possible!
How many people will be in this group?
Not positive yet, but I’m guessing around 4-8, give or take a few?
I’m a senior in high school. Am I too old for this group?
Of course not! There’s always more to learn! I learn something every time I run these groups and I’ve been doing this for years! Plus, the newer high schoolers might be interested in how it’s been down the road.
Will you re-run this group beyond this week?
I hope so, but for now, this is it!
How can I learn more about you?
You can learn more about me via adoptiontherapyma.net. There, you can read blog posts and other stuff that will allow you to know where I’m coming from a little bit more. Trust me, it’s going to be great!