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Resources for Parent Groups

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. Please click on the links below to read more about parent group development and parent group programs. Please note that to read the PDF versions of these items, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download free from the Adobe web site.


Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders

Published in October 2002, NACAC's guide for new and experienced parent group leaders is available as a PDF or as a series of html files. Each chapter can also stand alone as a resource for a group seeking guidance in a particular area.

Adoption 101 Curriculum

This adoption awareness curriculum is designed to help adoptive parent group leaders and others train child welfare, medical, legal, education, and mental health professionals, and other community members to be more responsive to the needs of adopted children and to work more effectively with their families. A PDF of the Curriculum can be downloaded at no charge. (Please note the curriculum is 158 pages.)

Adoption 101 Table of Contents

Section I

  • Getting to Know Adoptive Families
  • Who Are the Children?
  • Common Special Needs
  • Understanding Adoption Developmentally
  • Who Are the Families?
  • Transracial Adoptions

Section II.

  • Adoption Is a Unique Experience
  • Understanding How Adoption is Different
  • Core Issues of Adoption

Section III.

  • Selected Qualities of Successful Adoptive Parents
  • Resources for Participants


Fact Sheets/Articles

Below are a series of fact sheets and other articles published by NACAC to help parent group leaders start or enhance their groups.

Parent Group Basics

Parent Group Development

Parent Group Programs

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phone: 651-644-3036
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