I just got back from the 2nd adoption support-group meeting hosted by the wonderful adoptive mother, Zeina Sultan... The attendees were other adoptive mothers, professionals and supporters. It was an inspirational and educational meeting, which will hopefully keep growing and reaching all adoptive families. These meetings aim to provide information sharing between the mothers, but professionals have attended to lend professional advise when needed. There is an understanding of confidentiality, so names and pictures will not be distributed except with appropriate consent.
Here is a list of some of the topics that were covered tonight:
- How to address prejudice and lack of education within our society
- What, when, how?...Telling your adopted child about the adoption.
- Difficulties in the adoption process
- The importance of finding a support network
These are common questions that will be addressed on a regular basis. Parents are encouraged to send in their questions before hand. They are also welcomed to share any materials, resources or references that have found useful.
In a previous post I had mentioned the group "Special Mothers" (link), a group which Zeina hopes can provide information and support for parents who are not able or ready to join the support-group meetings. You may also find the blog www.myfosteringlife.blogspot.com helpful.
If you are interested in learning more about the special mothers group and/or the meetings, you may contact Zeina by emailing her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.