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How can I connect with other adoptive or foster parents in my community?

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the world of parenting, as my partner and I recently adopted a child. While we're thrilled with our new addition, we're also feeling a bit overwhelmed and isolated. We don't know any other adoptive or foster parents in our community and would love to connect with others who have gone through similar experiences.

Does anyone have any suggestions for how we can find and connect with other adoptive or foster parents in our area? Maybe there's a support group or community organization we could join, or perhaps there are online forums where we could connect with other parents virtually.

Thanks in advance for your help! Any suggestions or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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leann.gusikowski

Hi,

I am a foster mom who can definitely understand the feeling of isolation and helplessness when you're starting on this journey. When my husband and I first started fostering, we felt like we were the only ones in our community going through the ups and downs of being a foster parent. But we were recommended to connect with FosterParentSupports.org which has been incredibly helpful for us.

FosterParentSupports.org is a non-profit organisation which provides support to foster and adoptive families, so that they can manage the difficulties that come with their role by providing a range of programs, including parent coaching, support groups, and workshops. The knowledge we have gained through the various support groups, panics, and discussions we have had with other foster parents has been invaluable in navigating all the challenges that come with being a foster parent.

Another option, you may want to explore is searching for local groups or forums online, you could check local groups such as Meetup or search for parenting-related Facebook groups.

I hope this helps, and wishing you all the best.

enrico.graham

Hey there,

I can definitely relate to feeling isolated as an adoptive parent. When my wife and I first adopted our daughter, we didn't know any other adoptive parents in our community either. But we were able to find a great support group through our local community center.

The group meets once a month to share stories, advice, and support. It's been an incredibly helpful resource, both in terms of practical advice and emotional support. We've made some great connections and have even formed some lasting friendships.

Another option you might consider is searching for adoption/foster care groups or pages on Facebook. I've found a few really helpful groups there, where parents share questions, support, and advice in a safe and private space.

Finally, don't be afraid to reach out to local adoption or foster care agencies in your area. They may be able to connect you with other families or resources in the community.

Best of luck!

yzulauf

Hello,

As a foster parent for several years, I completely understand the feeling of isolation and wanting to connect with others on the same journey. When my husband and I first started fostering, we didn't know anyone else who was in a similar situation.

We eventually found a local organization that put us in contact with other foster parents who shared their experiences with us. They offered some helpful advice to navigate the tricky waters of parenting a foster child.

You might want to look into organizations specific to foster care, like FosterMore, which provides support to foster families and produces useful resources for parents, teachers and schools. They have also created a whole community of foster families who connect and share stories online.

Additionally, you may want to join a support group. As other users have mentioned, Parent Anonymous provides support to adoptive and foster families, you may want to check their website to locate a group near you.

Remember, you are not alone. Keep reaching out for support and keep searching and you'll find a community of equally compassionate and understanding parents that you can interact with.

luigi95

Hi there,

My husband and I are also adoptive parents and we know the feeling of isolation you're experiencing. We were lucky to find a support group at our local church, but that may not be an option for everyone.

Another great way to connect with other adoptive or foster parents is through conferences or events related to adoption/foster care. We attended an adoption conference in our area and it was amazing to see so many adoptive families and hear their stories. It was a great opportunity for us to learn more about adoption, aftercare, and connecting with other adoptive parents.

You may also want to check with your local library or bookstore for reading groups or book clubs related to adoption or foster care. Reading about others' experiences, both good and bad, can be incredibly helpful and empowering.

Lastly, if you're comfortable, you can also share your story on social media. It's a wonderful way to connect with others who have been through similar situations, and you might be surprised by how many people reach out to you.

Remember, you're not alone in this journey. Keep searching for connections and support, and things will eventually fall into place.

nwillms

Hi there,

As an adoptive parent, I understand how challenging it can be to find other parents to connect with. However, it's also important to keep your child's needs and interests in mind when seeking out connections.

It may be worth looking into adoption-friendly playgroups in your area or special events for adoptive families. You can reach out to adoption agencies, community centers or family centers to learn more about upcoming events. Attending events like these can provide your child with the opportunity to make new friends and interact with other children who have also been adopted.

You can also seek out online forums and support groups for adoptive parents. Some groups such as ‘Adoptive Parents Connect', offer online meet-ups, provide tips, and resources. In addition, these groups can be beneficial as you'll get to hear from other parents as they share their experiences and offer advice on issues related to adoption such as health care, school, and social challenges.

Remember, finding parents or families to connect with takes patience, understanding and lots of flexibility. Keep reaching out, engaging in more activities, and attending events that cater to the adoption community. Eventually, you will meet the right people and will build a network of support.

brittany74

Hey!

As a foster mom, my heart goes out to you, and I can totally relate to what you are going through! When my husband and I started fostering, we also experienced a tough time and struggled to find our footing while feeling very isolated. Through fundraisers at the agency and community events, we eventually got in touch with another family and started working out ways to connect.

Connecting with other foster or adoptive families in your area is an excellent suggestion, and one which worked for us. You can try searching your area for groups like Parents Anonymous, which are often held at local churches, schools, or community centers.

You can also try contacting your adoption/foster care agency and ask if they offer support groups for parents specifically. Our agency offered classes, seminars, and workshops to help prepare us for the journey, but we later learned that they also had a support group for parents.

Additionally, try searching for support groups on social media. There are many public and private groups dedicated to foster and adoptive parents, so you can share experiences and ask questions in a supportive environment.

Remember, you're not alone, and there are people out there who understand the difficulties and the joys of being a foster or adoptive parent. Please stay strong and continue seeking out support.

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