Statewide Parent to Parent Program
AFSN provides support, education, information and referral to adoptive parents. AFSN supports all kinds of families and all types of adoptions. Learn more…
Statewide Support Groups
A county-by-county list of adoptive support groups across the state. Learn more…
Parenting Adopted Children
AFSN offers programs for parents and professionals on a variety of topics that are specific to adoptive families. Learn more…
Adoption Support Groups
When adoptive parents are asked what support would be the most helpful, they almost always respond with talking to another parent like themselves who “gets it”. Our support groups are set up to meet that need. Our groups are based on the North American Council on Adoptable Children’s guide for nurturing adoptive parent groups and the Circle of Parents® model for groups. Our groups are facilitated by one of our Adoptive Parent Consultants and parent led. The AFSN Adoptive Parent Consultants are supervised by Katie Page Sander, LMSW.
Adoptive Parent Seminars / Training / Workshops
Throughout the year we offer programs, trainings and seminars for parents and professionals on a variety of topics that are specific to adoptive families. Past events have included a seminar to offer assistance with the Federal Tax Credit for adoptive families; screening of the documentary “Adopted” with discussion group following; and an education forum with Ron Nydam, Ph.D. called “Challenges of Adoptive Development – Learn the Four Basic Challenges of Adoptive Development.”
Through a partnership with Lakeshore Attachment Alliance, we have developed four Training Modules to provide training for parents, school personnel, therapists, and respite care providers. Learn more…
Adoptive Family Fun Events
These social, celebratory events are fun for the whole family, and they offer parents and children a chance to connect with other adoptive families like themselves.
AFSN organizes several family fun events throughout the year at little or no cost to families. The highlight of the year is always AFSN’s Adoption Celebration in November in honor of our families. This past year we had over 300 guests join the fun at The 3 Mile Project. We provide a variety of opportunities to have families come together for a casual “meet up” at venues such as GR Children’s Museum, Fredrick Meijer Gardens, GR Public Museum and more. Come join in the fun!