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Leveraging Technology to Support Adoptive Parents: Adoption Support for Kentucky’s Virtual Interaction Pilot Program

From 2019 Adoptalk, issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership By Dr. Justin “Jay” Miller, Jessica Fletcher, Melissa Segress, and Karen Bowman Dr. Justin “Jay” Miller is the Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor, Director of the Self-Care Lab, and the Doris Y. Wilkinson Distinguished Professor in Social Work Education in the College… Read more

Categories: Group Activities & Programs, Improve Your Group, Parent Group

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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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

Categories: Improve Your Group, 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

Categories: Improve Your Group, Parent Group, Start a Group, Training
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Rejuvenating Your Group

This article is from NACAC’s Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders. Download the guide A group is a living organism with a life of its own. Groups can become sick and die. They can heal and be renewed. They can even grow and mature to become something different than they started… Read more

Categories: Improve Your Group, Parent Group
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Finding, Supporting, and Keeping Volunteers

Motivations to Volunteer A parent group is comprised of volunteers. If your group doesn’t fit this description, perhaps you haven’t asked individuals to help. Extended family members or friends as well as previous participants are some of the contacts that you should consider. Did you know that most people will volunteer if asked to help… Read more

Categories: Improve Your Group, Parent Group
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Using Evaluation to Learn What Works and Improve Your Program

After interacting with many group leaders, we understand that many parent groups miss the opportunity to use evaluation as a tool for learning. While the most frequently evaluated activity is a specific event, many groups do not have a way to collect information about the effectiveness of their work. This short discussion is designed to… Read more

Categories: Improve Your Group, Parent Group

Combating Compassion Fatigue: The Art of Taking Care of Yourself

Compassion fatigue (also known as vicarious trauma or secondary traumatic stress) can happen to anyone who works in the business of caring for others—be it in one’s professional life or personal life. There is sometimes a stigma attached to taking care of ourselves, as we are often taught to “take care of others first” from… Read more

Categories: Improve Your Group, Parent Group, Parenting

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