Groups

Being part of a group is one of the most powerful experiences for each person touched by adoption.

Groups are available for: 

Adolescents

Adult Adoptees

Parents

Birth Parents



All programs are facilitated by Susan W. Baron, LCSW and Risa J. Werner, LCSW, co-founders of Touched By Adoption and are held at our offices at 2 Lincoln Street in Westport, CT.

Adolescents

The primary task of adolescence is identity formation and separation from their parents.  This enables teens to move out into the world.  This process is more challenging for teen-agers who have been adopted as they have to separate from their birth parents as well as their adoptive parents.


“There is a magical, visceral connection which our current group has formed which has enabled them to do significant work on processing their adoption.”

MENTOR TRAINING GROUP FOR ADOPTED TEENS IN HIGH SCHOOL

An exciting opportunity for high school-aged teens to connect with other adoptees, discover unique challenges they face, develop coping strategies and have fun! There will be a Spring launch session. The group will then meet one Saturday per month for 90 minutes for three sessions.  



Location: 2 Lincoln Street, Westport, CT

Spring Launch Date: Saturday April 27th 

Time: 10:30 - 11:45 am

Fee: No fee for the launch session.  $180 for the following three sessions, dates to be determined.  



We need a minimum of 5 people to run a group.



Sessions might be covered by your insurance. We are happy to provide supportive documentation.



Please email  or call us to see if this group would be a good fit for your teen.

TAG: Teen Adoption Group for adoptees in High School

The group provides a time for teens to develop mutual support around the unique issues adolescent adoptees face.  It offers an opportunity to meet other adoptees from Fairfield County and to learn about their journeys.  Members will be able to use their creativity to educate people about adoption.  The group provides a safe space to ask questions and share thoughts in a judgement-free place and for adoptees to feel less alone.

Logistics: The group will meet one Saturday a month for 4 sessions from 10:30am to 12pm.  Dates will be determined based on school schedules.  


Location: 2 Lincoln St. Westport, CT

Fee: $200 for 4 sessions. (Documentation can be provided for insurance.) ​



Email us if you wish to enroll in the next session.


All programs are facilitated by Susan W. Baron, LCSW and Risa J. Werner, LCSW, co-founders of Touched By Adoption and are held at our offices at 2 Lincoln Street in Westport, CT.

Adult Adoptees

Adoption is a life-long journey.  Each stage in an adoptee’s life offers specific challenges.  Groups offer the opportunity to share your thoughts with other adoptees who understand your experiences and feelings.

Support and Education Group For Adoptees Ages 22+

It is powerful to be with people who share your journey.  This group will be both educational and supportive.


Purpose: Adult adoptees face unique challenges.  This support group will provide adoptees with the opportunity to connect with people who are coping with similar issues.  The group will discuss challenges which participants are facing.  Topics may also include search and reunion, separating from one's parents and discovering one’s identity.


Logistics: The group will meet one Saturday a month for 90 minutes.  There will be 3 sessions.  We must have 4 people to hold the group.


Location: 2 Lincoln Street, Westport, CT

Fee: $75 for 3 sessions



E-mail us to register for this group.

Adult Adoptees

Purpose: Since adoption is a life-long journey, feelings about adoption tend to resurface.  As adoptees cope with life transitions such as marriage, parenthood, moving, career challenges, feelings around adoption may be reactivated.  This support group will provide adoptees with the opportunity to connect with people who are coping with similar issues and experiencing similar emotions.  The group format is flexible and will be responsive to issues which participants are facing.


Logistics: The group will meet one Saturday a month for 90 minutes.  There will be 3 sessions.  We must have 4 people to hold the group.  



Location: 2 Lincoln St. Westport, CT 

Fee: $150 for 3 sessions


Email us if you wish to enroll in the next session. 


All programs are facilitated by Susan W. Baron, LCSW and Risa J. Werner, LCSW, co-founders of Touched By Adoption and are held at our offices at 2 Lincoln Street in Westport, CT.

Parents

There is a comfort in being with people who are dealing with the unique joys and challenges we face as adoptive parents.

Groups for Parents

Adoptive parents’ groups provide an opportunity to feel understood, network and share resources, develop coping strategies, increase your knowledge about how adoption impacts you and your family.


Groups are offered for parents, single parents and bio-adoptive parents whose children are:

    High School Age

    Ages 18-21 

    Ages 22-29


Groups meet monthly for 90 minutes.  Daytime and evening sessions are available. 


Email us if you wish to enroll in the next session.


All programs are facilitated by Susan W. Baron, LCSW and Risa J. Werner, LCSW, co-founders of Touched By Adoption and are held at our offices at 2 Lincoln Street in Westport.

Birth Parents

Placing a child for adoption is a decision that resonates throughout a birth parent’s life. Each stage may evoke thoughts and emotions. Groups offer the opportunity to share your thoughts with other birth parents who understand your experiences and feelings.

Groups for Birth Parents

Purpose: This support group will provide birth parents who have placed a child for adoption the opportunity to connect with other birth parents who are coping with similar challenges.  The group will discuss issues which members are facing. 

Logistics: The group will meet one time per month for four months.  Each session is one and a half hours.  Groups are formed based on interest.

Email us if you wish to enroll in the next session.


All programs are facilitated by Susan W. Baron, LCSW and Risa J. Werner, LCSW, co-founders of Touched By Adoption and are held at our offices at 2 Lincoln Street in Westport, CT.