Adoptive Families Together [AFT] is a supportive, membership network of adoptive parents who share combined experiences and information to strengthen their families and adoptions. Parents enter adoption with personal visions of what becoming a family by adoption would be like. Many of us have been challenged by adoption concerns such as identity, loss and separation. We know love is not enough.
We know that education, information, advocacy and the support of other families who have been there enhance the success of our families after our children have been placed. AFT families have adopted children domestically and internationally, infants and older children, kin and children with special needs. We welcome adopted persons, guardians, birth and foster parents, professionals working in the field of adoption and, of course, all adoptive families.
- Education & Training
- Parent Groups
- Group Schedule
- Online Discussion Group
- AFT Materials
- Contact AFT
Education & Training
W.I.S.E. Up Workshops
W.I.S.E. Up is an award-winning curriculum developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education designed to teach children ages 6-12 how to respond to questions about their adoption experience. Workshops provide a framework to respond in a variety of ways using group discussion and role playing. While children are meeting, parents come together to be trained on the W.I.S.E. Up curriculum in order to support their children using newly learned strategies.
Cost is $20 per child unless otherwise stated. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited. Please mail a completed registration form and check payable to “MSPCC”. For more information, contact Lori Baeumler at (857) 728-2157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our network of monthly parent groups are hosted and facilitated by AFT Parent Coordinators. These parent-run, confidential groups are primarily open discussions during which parents can share their personal concerns and needs around adoptive parenting. On occasion, we invite speakers with expertise on issues relevant to our children and families to educate our group participants. Collectively, our parents represent the best source of knowledge, resources and insight into understanding and meeting the needs of their children. Through mutual sharing and support, parents build a network with other adoptive parents in their communities.
Groups are meeting monthly in communities in Massachusetts. To learn more about our Parent Support Groups, or to get dates and the location of a group in your area, please call us at (857) 728-2157 or click on the group schedule below:
Summer 2015 Schedule
Fall 2015 Schedule
Online Discussion Group
Our moderated online group provides parents with a 24-hour support forum, focusing on children with challenging behaviors and complex needs. Parents use the online group to seek information, share stories, gain and offer support. The group’s knowledgeable and experienced parents are especially helpful to newly forming families. If you are interested in joining, email email@example.com to subscribe.
AFT provides many resources, including our pamphlets, a selection of recommended reading, web links to local and national adoption-related organizations, and post-adoption services in Massachusetts. For more information on available materials, please contact Lori Baeumler at (857) 728-2157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFT member benefits include:
- MSPCC’s informative newsletter.
- A copy of In Their Own Words, a resource for parents and professionals.
- The “AFT Presents” educational pamphlet series.
To become a member, fill out the New Membership Form and mail it to:
3815 Washington Street, Suite 2
Boston, MA 02130
Or contact Lori Baeumler at (857) 728-2157 or email@example.com.
For questions or more information about AFT, please contact Lori Baeumler at (857) 728-2157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.