Parent Group

Self-Care for Support Leaders and Caregivers Webinar

The responsibilities of caring for children and youth who have experienced trauma and loss, as well as those of the support leaders who serve these caregivers can take a huge toll. As the flight attendant will tell you, “you must put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.” In this webinar, we will address… Read more

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Financial Management and Fundraising

This article is from NACAC’s Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders. Download the guide A challenge common to most parent groups is that of finding and keeping a secure funding base. Parent groups that want to provide services and programs to their members and the broader community need money, and therefore… Read more

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Becoming a Nonprofit Organization: Incorporating and Filing for Tax-Exempt Status

Parent groups form for many reasons; most of them form initially to provide support to their members. When a parent support group begins to talk about how it might provide services to the community, its members usually become aware of their need to find new sources of revenue. It is at this time that many… Read more

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Managing Group Meetings

This article is from NACAC’s Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders. Download the guide All leaders want to run successful, productive group meetings. Yet there isn’t a leader who hasn’t wondered: What’s wrong with our meetings lately? How can I move the discussion along? How can I help quiet members speak… Read more

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Developing Group Identity and Activities

This article is from NACAC’s Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders. Download the guide Every group forms its own identity in a different way. Some evolve organically; others take time to decide who they are and carefully plan what they want to do. If the parent group is to be effective… Read more

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Getting the Group Started

This article is from NACAC’s Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders. Download the guide As a group leader, one of your first tasks is to find other group members and organize your first public meeting. Below you will find ideas for recruiting new members and strategies to help you plan your… Read more

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Becoming a Leader

This article is from NACAC’s Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders. Download the guide Adoptive, foster, and kinship parents have established and organized parent groups for years. Many motivated parents have started a group with a clear and focused mission in mind. Others simply wanted to help parents connect. Whatever level… Read more

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It’s Time to Take Better Care of Ourselves! (How to Handle Compassion Fatigue and Prevent Burnout) Webinar

This webinar is about YOU. Child advocates; kin, foster, and adoptive caregiver leaders; child welfare staff; and youth advocates—we all share the same characteristic. We are always taking care of other people, without always taking care of ourselves. Presented by Maris Blechner, internationally known motivational speaker and trainer, and co-founder of Family Focus Adoption Services. 2014… Read more

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Rejuvenating Your Parent Group Webinar

This webinar discusses creative solutions for a support group that is struggling. We offer suggestions and strategies to keep members coming, create connectedness, build community. listen to the group’s needs, and laugh together. Presented by Diane Martin-Hushman, NACAC’s parent group coordinator (retired), who has helped create and enhance hundreds of support groups around the US… Read more

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Fundraising for Groups Webinar

This session is for individuals and agencies who need to raise the necessary funds for expansion and program development. The trainers will help you identify and access funding opportunities that fit your group, learn the components of writing a successful grant proposal, share templates of successful fundraising events, and help you to identify good funding sources. Presented… Read more

Categories: Finding Funding, Parent Group, Training

Starting and Enhancing Support Groups for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families Webinar

Are you new to support group leadership? Is your group in need of new energy? Or are you ready to take the next step in your development? If so, this webinar on starting, nurturing, and maintaining support groups for adoptive, foster, and kinship families will provide you with tools and ideas. Presented by Kim Stevens… Read more

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Federal Funding for Post-Adoption Services Webinar

The Preventing Sex Trafficking & Strengthening Families Act, which became law in September 2014, provides financial opportunities for states to fund post-adoption services. The law reauthorized the Adoption Incentives Program at $43 million and will calculate increases in adoption by rate rather than number of adoptions. It also increases the incentive for adolescent adoptions and… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Finding Funding, Post Adoption Services, Training

Hidden in Plain Sight: Accessing Funding for Specialized Youth Permanency Services Webinar

In the late 1990s child welfare leaders began to challenge the belief that attaining permanent families for preteens and teens was an impossible goal, and model specialized youth permanency services were developed across the country. Sadly many of the projects fell into disuse as initial funding sunset. In many cases, counties and states failed to… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Advocacy, Finding Funding, Recruiting Families, Training

Parent Group Development Training

Do you want to create or enhance an adoptive parent support group? Do you think training of your leaders or members will improve your ability to accomplish your goals? If so, NACAC is here to help.   NACAC is pleased to be able to offer training and technical assistance to parent group leaders to help… Read more

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Parent Group Development

This article is from NACAC’s Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders. Download the guide As you decide to form a group, it can be helpful to look at different types of parent groups and examine how they function. Adoptive, foster, and kinship parents organize into groups because of a basic shared… Read more

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Add Your Group

Complete the form below to add your — or submit a change for — your group listed in the parent support group database found here… Read more

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Adding Programs or Services to Your Parent Group

In the beginning, most adoptive, foster, or kinship support groups are a periodic meeting where parents get together to share ideas, challenges, hopes, dreams, and solutions with one another. Over time, many groups begin to add special programs or services to the menu of support they offer to families. Below are a number of articles… Read more

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We Can Help You Develop Your Parent Group!

NACAC’s Community Champions Network is able to help adoptive, foster, and kinship parent support group leaders in the US and Canada start, rejuvenate, or enhance an adoptive parent support group. Our services include: providing information on group development (see sidebar links) offering technical assistance on leadership development program planning member support  training for parent group… Read more

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Parent Group Training and Articles

NACAC has published many resources to help group leaders and group members provide services to other adoptive parents and shape the group’s direction and services. Below are articles about parent group development and parent group programs, and related training sessions NACAC has offered. Articles Training… Read more

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Finding Funding for Your Parent Group

Parent groups need financial support to ensure they can grow and thrive. Whether your group is small and looking for its first seed funding or is large and looking to sustain or grow, fundraising is going to be an important part of what you do. The article and resources below are designed to help you… Read more

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