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Support Groups: Simple but Mighty

Once a month adoptive and guardianship families in Nebraska are getting together! The more parents and kids that attend the more fun we all have! We were thrilled to recently add 3 new groups at parents’ request and have requests for more. Groups are offered over the lunch hour and in the evenings to accommodate as many family schedules as possible.

For groups offered in the evening, families have the opportunity to share a meal together and then the parents get a little grown up time while the kids enjoy playing with other kids under the supervision of Right Turn staff and volunteers. Really! Dinner is made, child care is provided, and you get to spend time talking with other parents! Enjoy it!

Groups are available because growing your family through adoption and guardianship is unique. Support groups provide the opportunity for parents and children to get to know others with shared pieces to their story. It is natural for parents to talk to family and friends about their children and their families. It feels good to know other parents are thinking about the same things and to bounce ideas off one and other. Most people can talk to you about how they potty trained their children or addressed their child’s first boyfriend or girlfriend, but who can relate to questions about how to support your child through the first family history project in school or how to include your child’s birth family in celebrating their high school graduation? Groups with childcare also provide a nice, informal way for your children to meet other adopted children in natural, non-threatening environment.

Stop by a group near you to laugh, share a frustration, ask a question, brag about your child, or just to listen. If there isn’t a group near you, tell us. We are listening!

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