Think of your support group as extended family, who understands your struggles, challenges and questions about adoption and being an adoptive parent. Because group members have similar situations, relating with one another can be instant.
Have you ever listened to someone speak about their problem or experience, relate and have an “aha moment” as you recognize the thoughts and feelings they have—and better understand your own? That is one of the benefits of bringing together people who are facing similar issues.
A group allows for conversation and interaction and is usually led by a facilitator. When you’re in a caring, supportive environment, peer-to-peer support can offer a variety of benefits to help you:
- Feel less isolated, lonely
- Make connections
- Learn coping techniques
- Feel more empowered
- Receive encouragement
- Decrease guilt, depression, anxiety, uncertainty
- Gain emotional support
- Talk about and work through your feelings
- Improve emotional health
- Navigate challenges
- Understand your situation
- Develop realistic expectations
- Be equipped with information
- Receive resources for tips and ideas
- Create friendships
- Participate in social activities
Ready to join an adoptive family support group? See the resources below and attend a meeting to start receiving benefits for the health and well-being of you and your family today.
Assistance & Support for Adoptive Parents
4th Monday of month; 6:30-8 p.m. at High Point Family Center, 5812 150th Avenue North, Clearwater, FL
Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parent Support
2nd Tuesday of every month (except June) from 7-9 p.m. in the “Chapel” room of Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg. 8900 US 19 N, Pinellas Park, FL
North County Adoption Connection
4th Wednesday of every month; 7-8:30 p.m.; concurrent music and art therapy for children; at 1825 S Pinellas Ave, Suite 103, Tarpon Springs, FL
James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center – Adoptive Parent Support Group
3rd Monday, 6-8 p.m.; at 2335 22nd Ave South, St. Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota Foster and Adoptive Parent Support
2nd Monday of the month; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; potluck; may reserve childcare; at Central Church of Christ, 6221 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, FL
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.