Group Guidelines

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Adoptees Connect Small Group Guidelines

  • We are here to support one another not “fix” one another. We are primarily listeners and we aren’t a replacement for therapy, although our group can be therapeutic.
  • We should only give advice if asked, otherwise listening is our primary focus.
  • Keep our sharing on our own thoughts and feelings based on our own experiences.
  • Limit sharing to 3-5 minutes.
  • Confidentiality is a basic requirement. What’s shared in the small group stays in the small group. The only exception is if someone threatens to injure themselves or someone else.
  • If you happen to wear 2 hats in the adoption equation, (adoptive parent, birth parent AND an adoptee) we ask you wear your adoptee “hat” while sharing in the group.
  • There is NO crosstalk. Crosstalk is when two or more individuals engage in conversation excluding all others. Each person is free to express his/her feelings without interruption.
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