Ministry for Adoption, Foster Care, and Safe Families

SUPPORT GROUPS

Current adoption support groups at The Chapel

Please contact Laura Grimes at buildingfamilies@chapel.org for more information about the adoption support groups.

The Chapel support groups provide support and fellowship for adoptive, foster, and safe family parents by using books and articles as a means to help guide, educate, and open up discussion. These support groups are open to the community at large; attendance at The Chapel is not required.

Journeys from the Heart

This group is for those who are waiting for a domestic adoption or have adopted domestically. Past discussions have been on articles from the “Adoptive Families” magazine, book discussions on “Keys to Parenting an Adopted Child” by Kathy Lancaster, “After the Dream Comes True” by Michelle Gardner, and “The Five Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell . Our group meets the third Thursday of the month at the Grayslake campus from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Lifelong Journey

This group is for those who have adopted a child from another country, have adopted through the foster care system, or have adopted an older or special needs child. Past book discussions include Parenting the Hurt Child,” by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky and “Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child”. For 2014, we will be meeting to discuss current issues in our lives and support each other through conversation and prayer.  Some meetings will incorporate a play time for our kids.  This group meets the second Saturday of the month at the Libertyville campus from 8:30 – 10:30 AM.

Strong Hands, Big Hearts

This group is for Dads who have a common gift: families that are not biologically related (i.e, adoption, foster care, safe families). The goal is to grow beyond this initial common gift and learn about all of the other resources, passions and talents each of us have been given. The final step is for us to help each other take chances, go out on limbs, and utilize our passions and our talents to positively impact our families, our friends and the world around us. We will meet the second and fourth Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Grayslake campus.