Post Adoption Support Groups at BPAR

At Boston Post Adoption Resources, we organize therapeutic post adoption support groups for all ages, each offering support and unity in an accepting environment. We will provide you with resources and if interested, connect you with others who have been through similar experiences.

If you are interested in joining a group, would like to suggest a new group, or would like more information, let us know through the Boston Post Adoption Resources Peer Groups Form. Once we receive your form, one of our clinicians will call you to conduct an initial phone screen process before each new group member attends.

"As an adult adoptee, I realized at an adoptee support group - after meeting others and hearing their beautiful, and courageous truths - that I wasn’t alone and that I did belong! This allowed me to begin to shift the perspectives I long held (consciously and unconsciously) about my own experience. My path to self-love and acceptance continues today and there isn’t anything I wish different about my story."

—JOHN, ADULT ADOPTEE, CLIENT

"While waiting for a spot to open up for individual therapy, I joined a group. This group was eye opening to say the least. Over the course of six months, I learned so much about myself. I was able to unpack the many closed boxes in my mind and release a lot of suppressed emotions. The small group size was great and helped us find the trust in one another to talk about some of our most intimate parts."

—LING-LI ROTELLA, ADULT ADOPTEE, CLIENT

"Connection with others heals and brings purpose to people’s lives."

—LISA COPPOLA, ADULT ADOPTEE, BPAR CLINICIAN

"This fills the void more than me meeting my birth family."

—MICHELLE S., ADULT ADOPTEE, CLIENT

During the COVID-19 outbreak,
we are conducting groups through telehealth
when feasible.

At BPAR we are committed to the safety of our clients.
We will continue to offer all of our services exclusively through telehealth
as long as state and federal regulations recommend this as best practice.

Please email info@bpar.org with questions about a specific group.

Adult Adoptee Group Therapy

Adult Adoptee Group

Please join us for a therapeutic group for adults who have been touched by adoption.

Group leader:  Seana Peterson, LICSW

Group cost:  $35* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

Building Healthy Relationships Group

A group for adult adoptees who want to build healthy romantic relationships, ages 18+

This group is a brave therapeutic space in which you will learn why romantic relationships can be challenging for adopted people and learn skills to help you build strong, healthy relationships. Whether currently in a relationship or not, anyone who believes this group would benefit them is welcome. Group will include psycho-education about attachment and adoption trauma as well as therapeutic activities.

BPAR runs relationships groups in series that run over several months. If you are interested, feel free to express interest in the next group using our Sign-Up Form.

Attendance commitment for a series of sessions is required. Contact BPAR to speak with group leader for case-by-case exceptions.

Group leader:  Marta Isabella Sierra, LMHC

Group cost:  $35* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

building healthy relationships support group

LGBTQ Support Group

A group for adult adoptees who identify as LGBTQ to access support and build community to facilitate healing, ages 18+

This biweekly group will be a brave therapeutic space in which you will be able to explore the challenges of being adopted and being LGBTQ. Group will be led through an IFS lens and will involve some creative writing.

Group leader:  Marta Isabella Sierra, LMHC

Group cost:  $35* per session.

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LGBTQ adoptee support group

People of Color Support Group

A POC group for people touched by adoption, ages 18+

This group is a brave therapeutic space in which we will explore and process what it is like to be a person of color in the world today. Racial identity development is already complex before adding adoption to it.

Group leader:  Marta Isabella Sierra, LMHC

Group cost:  $35* per session.

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BPOC adoptee support group

New this Fall!

Search and Reunion Group

This group offers a safe, affirming space for adult adoptees to share and learn from one another about what it is like to search for and reunite with biological family members. Whether you are just curious, searching, in reunion or at some other point in the process, you are welcome in this space. Topics such as DNA testing, preparing to meet biological family, coping with secondary rejection, identity exploration and self-care will be discussed.

Group leader:  Seana Peterson, LICSW

Group cost:  $35* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

Young Adoptee Group Therapy

Kids Adoptee Group

Please join us for a therapeutic group for kids age 8-10 who are adopted.

The group offers a brave space for kids to meet other kids who are adopted and share their stories and experiences through writing, discussion, and activities.

Group leaders:  Angela Smith, LICSW and Elena Li

Group cost:  $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

Tween Adoptee Group

Please join us for a therapeutic group for kids age 11-12 who are adopted.

The group offers a brave space for kids to meet other kids who are adopted and share their stories and experiences through writing, discussion, and activities.

Group leaders:  Angela Smith, LICSW and Elena Li

Group cost:  $30* per session.

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Teen Adoptee Group (age 13-15)

A therapeutic group for teen adoptees age 13-15.

This group will offer a brave space for teens to meet other teens who are adopted and to share stories and experiences through writing, discussion and activities.

Group leaders: Angela Smith, LICSW and Elena Li

Group cost:  $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

teen adoptees support group age 13 to 15

Teen Adoptee Group (age 16-18)

A therapeutic group for teen adoptees age 16-18.

This group will offer a brave space for teens to meet other teens who are adopted and to share stories and experiences through writing, discussion and activities.

Group leaders: Angela Smith, LICSW and Elena Li

Group cost:  $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

teen adoptee support group age 16 to 18

Parent Group Therapy

Parents of Adult Adoptees Group

Please join us for a monthly group for parents of adult adoptees.

This group offers a safe space for parentsof adult adoptees to meet other adoptive parents and caregivers to share stories and experiences.

*All meetings are currently being held via teleconference*

Group leader: KC Craig, LICSW

Group cost: $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

Parents of Young Adoptees Group

Please join us for a monthly group for parents of young adoptees ages 4-7.

This group offers a safe space for parents and caregivers of young adoptees to meet others and share their stories and experiences. Group members will be invited to discuss all aspects of parenting—the challenges, joys, frustrations, and successes.

*All meetings are currently being held via teleconference*

Group leader: Darci Nelsen, LMHC, BC-DMT

Group cost: $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

Parents of Kid Adoptees Group

Please join us for a therapeutic group for parents of adopted kids ages 8-12.

The group offers a safe space to meet other adoptive parents and caregivers and share their stories and experiences.

Group leader: KC Craig, LICSW

Group cost: $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

Parents of Teen Adoptees Group (pending)

A therapeutic group for parents of teen adoptees age 13-18.

(Note: This group is not currently running. We are accepting new members for a waiting list for future sessions.)

This group for parents of teen adoptees offers a safe space to meet other adoptive parents and caregivers and to share stories and experiences.

Group leader:  KC Craig, LICSW

Group cost:  $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

parents of teen adoptees support group

Anti-Racist Parent Group (pending)

BPAR’s Anti-Racist Parent Group is designed for any parent with adopted children to discuss race.

(Note: This group is not currently running. We are accepting new members for a waiting list for future sessions.)

The group will offer a safe space for parents with adoptive children to connect and discuss how race and racism are impacting their families. The group offers an opportunity to build community and reflect on current events.

Group leaders: KC Craig, LICSW and Angela Smith, LICSW

Group Cost: $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

Single Parent Group (pending)

Please join us for a therapeutic group for single parents of adoptees.

(Note: This group is not currently running. We are accepting new members for a waiting list for future sessions.)

The group will offer a safe space to meet other single adoptive parents and caregivers and share their stories and experiences.

Group leader: KC Craig, LICSW

Group cost: $30* per session.

Upcoming schedule>>

*Partial scholarships are available to assist with group costs. We accept cash, credit card, or check. Please contact us at info@bpar.org if you have questions.

 

"While waiting for a spot to open up for individual therapy, I joined a group. This group was eye opening to say the least. Over the course of six months, I learned so much about myself. I was able to unpack the many closed boxes in my mind and release a lot of suppressed emotions. The small group size was great and helped us find the trust in one another to talk about some of our most intimate parts."

—LING-LI ROTELLA, ADULT ADOPTEE, CLIENT

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