Hope Groups was born out of two very different pilot programs with foster and adoptive families.
Taking the statistical data from each program along with input from the participants, we identified that one of the greatest benefits for families is having the opportunity to walk some of their journey with others who are on a similar path. Connecting with others experiencing the joys and trials of raising a child not born to them is one of the most powerful sources of healing and support available.
Hope Groups provide the opportunity to join with three to five other families in starting and ending a therapeutic plan at the same time. Therapists work with participants to develop a family-specific treatment plan geared toward meeting each family’s unique needs while also participating in a group session with the other parents once a month. Groups provide a safe space to share thoughts, trials and questions with each other while under the guidance and support of a licensed, adoption/foster-competent therapist.
Families participating in Hope groups report an increase in attachment with their child, a decrease in relational frustration, new parenting tools and a renewed sense of confidence. Parents also experienced a decrease in problematic behaviors and growth in compassion and understanding of their child and their unique history.
Families who participate in Hope Groups receive 18 individual and/or family sessions along with five group sessions. Because of generous donors, participation in Hope Groups is only $350. $250 will be refunded if four out of five group sessions are attended and 17 out of 18 individual and/or group sessions completed.
Our next Hope Group is slated to begin August 6, 2018. Please join our Facebook page for updates!
Participants were asked what they found most helpful about Hope Groups. Here is what they said:
It helped me to do different techniques for coping
All of the help understanding my child’s trauma.
Group – relating to others.
The counselor/setting changed the dynamics – something worked.
Learning new ways to connect with everyone.