I attended the Adoption Healing Support Group in West Hartford, CT last week. I meant to write about it but honestly, even a support group like that can set me off kilter for a few days. I am just getting around to it.
I recommend the group. There were about 10 of us in attendance. There were a handful of adoptees (two late discovery), mothers (most older than me) and even one husband to a mother that was present. I was so touched to see the husband there – and that he was welcomed. I shared that my partner has difficulty with my adoption trauma, and his own status as collateral damage to it. The group leader and others said in unison “he is welcome here”. We plan to attend next month.
The group meets on the third thursday of every month and follows the format of a twelve step program. The leaders (and mother in a reunion similar to mine and an adoptee) are very welcoming and kind. They shared reading materials, news of OBC efforts in our state and offered a “soft shoulders” list.
I found myself feeling a bit off the next day (this is typical after attending such things) yet still inspired and hopeful. I feel as if I am ready to go to, the next level so to speak, the next place, a new path, in this adoption trauma journey of mine. Having local friends who understand will be a blessing for sure.
Again, the details below taken from the Connecticut Adoption Community Network site:
Adoption Healing Support Group – West Hartford, CT
This group is open to Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents. Come join us for safe sharing in a supportive, understanding environment. This group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. Please park at the back of the building and enter through the side glass door entrance. Meeting is held in the Brown Program Center, Second Floor.
Contact Marion Conklin at 203-551-1121 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Gia Pallone (860) 956-7919