Adoption is a life long process and the agency’s support services reflect that. Adoption is emotionally demanding for all involved. Sharing thoughts, feelings, and emotions help many people through the process.
Adoption STAR offers comprehensive support services including individual, couples, group and telephone counseling. In addition the agency has organized its own support groups to offer support to all those touched by adoption.
Family STAR, a department of Adoption STAR provides post adoption support services to any member of the adoption triad in need of assistance. Adoption STAR has always espoused that adoption is a lifelong journey, and is therefore a part of someone’s “story” forever, regardless of his or her specific connection to adoption. As a result, Family STAR is committed to offering education, counseling, referrals, support groups or activities to assist anyone in the community touched by adoption.
Blue Rose is the Birth Mother Support Group of Adoption STAR and was created to provide post-adoption support to women who make the decision to place their baby or toddler in an adoptive family. Being a birth mother is a life-long decision and Blue Rose recognizes that adoption support needs to be available for women no matter what stage they are at during their personal life journey as a birth mother. The support group was given its name because roses are significant for the thorns that come before the beautiful budding flower. Life’s path can sometimes be strewn with difficulties and pain… but lead to enlightenment and joy for those who brave the rocky path. This unique group is facilitated by birth mothers. This group has been a blessing to many birth mothers. Blue Rose holds group meetings, social events, such as an annual holiday party and ice cream social, as well as a Birth Mother’s Day celebration. From time to time, members of the support group assist with educating prospective adoptive parents on the realities of birth mothers and the unique joys and challenges of open adoption.
If you are a birth mother and feel you may be interested in learning more about the Blue Rose group please call the agency directly or email [email protected]. Pregnant women considering adoption are also welcome to attend to help gather some of the information they need to make an informed decision on whether adoption is right for them and their baby.
Sofia (Supporting Our Families Interested in Adoption)
Sofia (Supporting Our Families Interested in Adoption) is the adoptive family support group of Adoption STAR Adoption STAR believes that support is critical to achieving the goal of finding permanent, stable, loving families for children, as well as maintaining those families who have already adopted. Parents need information that will strengthen their families, and enable them to handle the challenges of adoptive parenthood. Sofia is a group that embraces family. Sofia hosts membership meetings, educational workshops and social gatherings for adoptees, their families and extended family. Sofia’s mission is to welcome families involved in all types of adoptions, including agency, private, international, foster care or kinship. Sofia supports adoptive families in all stages of adoption. The support group offers information and education to adoptive families and the community at large. The involvement in a support group reduces the likelihood of adoption disruption or dissolution. For more information on Sofia please contact the agency directly by phone or email. Please consider joining Sofia even if you are not a client of Adoption STAR You and your family will not only find support, but new friendships as well. You will meet many adoptive families whose experiences with adoption are priceless. For more information on this support group or to become a member, please email [email protected].
A.C.E.(Adoptee Circle of Experience)
A.C.E. stands for Adoptee Circle of Experience. It is a support group for adult adoptees, ages 18 and up. Adoption is a very natural way a family is formed. Though adoption is often referred to as a triangle, or triad — adoptive parents, birth parents and the adoptee at each corner — Adoption STAR prefers to see it as a circle. The circle is a complete series forming a connected whole; a cycle. It encompasses a number of persons bound by a common tie; a family circle. An adoptee’s life is full of varying experiences. For some these experiences include security and stability, for others even if their adoption journey has been happy, it may include feelings of loss and separation. A.C.E. is a comfortable group to share these experiences with. A.C.E. hopes to enable all members to learn and grow from their experiences.
Although A.C.E. is not a search group, there will be resources available to help begin a search as well as support available from members of the group that have undergone a search themselves. Most importantly A.C.E., along with Adoption STAR, is able to provide the availability of others who understand the emotions and choices in seeking a birth family. A search may or may not be for everyone and A.C.E. will respect one’s decision. A.C.E. hosts meetings, social events and provides information and referral. For more information on this support group or to become a member, please email [email protected].
Birth Grandparent Support Group
Birth Grandparent Support Group. Adoption STAR recognizes the importance of extended family members in adoption. Birth grandparents, specifically, can experience a wide range of emotions when their birth grandchild is placed for adoption. Many times birth grandparents are facing the placement of their first grandchild. Birth grandparents need to manage their own feelings in a healthy way in order to be supportive of their children through the process and in the ensuing years. Many of our birth grandparents experience a high degree of loss and grief, as well as feelings around what their expectations/hopes for their own children were. For many – it’s the “how could my child be in this situation” that shakes their own sense of parenting. This brings up anger, sadness, guilt and all of these issues need to be talked about so that they can get to a place where they can manage their own feelings and support their children in a healthy manner. This group is appropriate for anyone whose daughter or son has placed their infant for adoption. For more information on this support group or to become a member, please email [email protected].