These are some resources that may be helpful to you, everything from adoption family support groups to playgroups, multicultural centers, and adoption therapy professionals directories.
Directory of Adoption Therapy Professionals
An Oregon directory of professionals with the Post-Graduate Training Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families. http://www.orparc.org/services/Directory.pdf
Adult Support/Discussion Groups
ACO Parent Salon
Meets on a regular basis at a rotating home throughout the greater Lane County area for snacks and a discussion on adoption-specific topics that are of interest to the attendees (some examples are talking with your child about his/her adoption experience, responding to inappropriate questions/comments from strangers.) Salon dates will be posted under the Events section of this website and included in the newsletter. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Florence Support Group
For foster care and adoptive families. The group meets the last Wednesday of the month from 6-7 PM. Contact Mark Stern at 541-349-4480 for more information.
Junction City Support Group
For foster care and adoptive families. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday morning of the month. Contact Shay Crabtree at 541-520-4521 for more information.
Lane County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m. to hear a speaker.
Contact Tammy Hadley at 541-729-6309 for more information.
Oregon Family Support Network (OFSN)
For families with children who have behavioral, emotional, or mental health challenges. There are many support groups throughout the state. To enquire about Lane County events contact Lisa Moody at 541-342-2876 or visit their website at www.ofsn.org. There is also a crisis line for Lane County residents at 1-888-989-9990. Corvallis has a support group for parents with a disabled child. The group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Contact Brandy Steiner at 541-908-4855 for more information.
Willamette Valley Adult Adoptees
Adult Adoptee Outreach Director
Holt International Children’s Services
International Adoption Family Support Groups
Families with Children from China (FCC)
Meets for Chinese New Year and a summer outing. Information on Chinese dance classes. Contact Jane Williams at 541-344-0062.
Holt Family Campout
Families (primarily those who have adopted through Holt, but open to any adoptive families) camp out annually at Honeyman State Park during the first week of August. Usually consists of up to 300 people (babies to teens and adult adoptees) from various cultural backgrounds (including Korea, India, Thailand, Russian, China, Paraguay.) Activities include progressive dinners, art projects, treasure hunts, kite flying and hikes. Contact Debbie Dunham at 360-514-0606 for more information.
Holt Heritage Camps
Various camps for international adoptees with a cultural focus. Contact Steve Kalb at 541-687-2202 for more information.
India Sub Continent Adoptive Families
Consists of families with adopted children from India and Sri Lanka as well as Indian families with birth children. Usually meets monthly. Contact Sue Barnhart at 541-342-1953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thailand Adoptive Families
There is interest in starting up this group if there are others interested in joining. Call Erika Leaf for more information at 541-868-1155 or email@example.com.
Inter-racial Family Support Groups
Communities of Color Network (CCN)
CCN is a safe space to meet new people of color. Meets every 1st Friday of the month from
5:30-7:00 pm. Contact Carmen Urbina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-790-7714 or 541-510-0302 for more information.
Families Learning About Adopting Interracially (FLAIR)
For interracial families. Meets once per month, usually at the Friends Meeting Hall on Onyx Street and for activities such as skating and picnics. Contact Ethen Perkins at 541-345-3944 or email him at email@example.com.
Honoring Our New Ethnic Youth (H.O.N.E.Y.)
Interracial, multiracial, and cultural diversity group meets on 2nd and 4th Saturdays during the school year at 601 W. 13th St. for a potluck followed by arts, crafts, or guest speakers. Also celebrates Kwanzaa and the Loving Decision. Contact Sarah Ross at 541-343-4023 or Ayana (youth director) at 541-465-9810 for more information.
Chinese American Benevolent Association (CABA)
Presents the lion dance at Eugene’s annual Asian Celebration and offers an Asian-American college scholarship.
City of Eugene Diversity Program
Visit their website at www.eugene-or.gov/diversity for information about community events.
International Students of Oregon State University
Provides opportunities to educate students and the community about international issues. The group hosts several events, including China Night, Indonesian Night, India Night, and Vietnamese Night. This group has several OSU affiliates associated with them, each with their own activities. Contact 541-737-6348 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Linn-Benton Community College Diversity Achievement Center
Their mission is to provide opportunities for cultural competency, intellectual enrichment, educational access, and social justice. The center offers food demonstrations, video discussions, and has a small library. Contact 541-917-4461 or email@example.com for more information.
Lane Community College Multicultural Center
Student clubs, cultural and educational events, small library. Each year the center hosts a Jewish/Muslim event celebrating Hanukah and Ramadan, as well as a Native American Pow Wow. Call 541-463-5276 for more information.
Oregon State University’s African Students Association (ASA)
Their mission is to educate and share cultural, social, political, and economic issues of the continent with university students and the community. The organization hosts an African night with educational activities, entertainment, and cuisine. Contact 541-737-6361 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Oregon State University’s Asian and Pacific Cultural Center
Provides academic, cultural, recreational, and social programs and activities related to Asian and Pacific cultures. Contact 541-737-6361 or email@example.com for more information.
The Adoption History Project
This project focuses on important people in the history of adoption, adoption studies and science, and has many documents on archive. Visit www.uoregon.edu/~adoption/ or contact Ellen Herman at 541-346-3118 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
University of Oregon International Resource Center
Resource center with travel books and events related to international students and international cultural events. Contact 541-346-0887 or email email@example.com for more information.
University of Oregon Multicultural Center
Promotes cultural pluralism and community education. Sponsors events with student organizations that highlight various cultures. Contact 541-346-4321 for more information.
ACO Pine tree Playgroup
For children ages 5 and older. We meet regularly for group activities that include but are not limited to swimming, hiking, roller skating, ice skating, bowling, park play dates, biking, etc. Contact Elise Crum at firstname.lastname@example.org 541-554-1201 for more information.
ACO Pinecone Playgroup
For children ages 0 – 5. We meet regularly for playgroups at family’s homes or a park. We are also open to suggestions and ideas for playdates for the younger set! Contact email@example.com for more information. We are currently seeking caregivers with younger children to assume the planning of the Pine Cone play group which serves children 0-5 years of age.
Playgroup for children of gay and lesbian parents. Contact Aquene Amarys at 541-344-5847 for more information.
Single Adoptive Parent and Child Playgroup
Email Robyn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in starting a group with her.
Meets every 6 weeks during the year. Children range from ages 4 – 10. Consists of families with adopted children from Vietnam – but also some Vietnamese birth children. Meetings during the winter months are held at Crawfordsville Elementary School gym (6 miles east of Brownsville) from 11:00 – 2:00 with a potluck. Meetings during the summer/early fall months alternate between Eugene and Corvallis parks. Contact Elena Barton at 541-367-2527 or email email@example.com.
Adoption Health Services at OHSU
Provides healthcare information throughout the adoption process for both domestic and international children. Contact Mary Masterson at 503-494-5445 for more information.
Provides education, resources and support to all members of the adoption triad. Offers workshops, events and discussion groups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.adoptionmosaic.org for more information.
African-American Families through Adoption
Meets in the greater Portland area for potlucks and fun. Can help you connect with mentors for African-American children. Contact Pam or Rob Vergun at 503-645-6642 or email@example.com for more information.
Families of Russian and Ukrainian Adoptions Including Neighboring Countries
Meets monthly on the 1st Friday of each month in the Portland area. Visit www.frua-oregon.org for more information.
Northwest Adoptive Families Association
Adoption support group located in Portland. Contact them at 503-243-1356 or visit www.nafaonline.org
NW China Council
Their mission is to increase public awareness of China’s culture and contemporary affairs. Contact 503-973-5451 or visit www.nwchina.org for more information.
NW Korean Cultural Society
Offers classes, teen groups, holiday celebrations, and a newsletter for adoptive families and others interested in Korean culture. Contact 503-699-3342 or www.nkcs.org for more information.
Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC)
Maintains a database of statewide resources for families who have adopted or are fostering children through the Department of Human Services with the state of Oregon. Contact 503-241-0799 or 800-764-8367 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This list is being provided as a public service. ACO does not recommend or endorse these individuals and organizations and cannot vouch for their services.