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Adopted Youth Activity Group Series

Adoption Mosaic youth activity groups are for adopted youth in 1st – 6th grade and are designed to include teen helpers.  Adopted Youth Activity Groups are led by a team of adult adoptees who bring with them years of experience in the adoption community, as well as experience working with youth.


Groups are generally scheduled once a year.  Groups can also be formed by request, and be arranged by a group of parents, a school, or other organization. Minimum of seven participants necessary. 

Parent Orientation – September 21, 2013 at SE UpLift, 3534 SE Main Street, Portland, OR  from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Youth Group - September 23, September 30, October 7, 14, 21 and 28 at SE UpLift, 3534 SE Main Street, Portland, OR  from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Parent Debrief – November 4, 2013 at SE UpLift, 3534 SE Main Street, Portland, OR, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

COST: For one child to attend it costs $195 (breakdown below)
Parent Orientation (required): $30 per person
Youth Activity Group: $135 per child
Parent Debrief (required): $30 per person

Astrid Dabbeni  & additional adult facilitator TBA





Adopted youth share a unique experience. Adoption Mosaic’s Youth Activity Groups are designed and facilitated by adult adoptees to encourage the exploration and sharing of the adoption experience within a fun and structured environment. Through age-appropriate art, discussion, camaraderie and group activities, youth are encouraged to celebrate and explore their own experience as an adopted person.

Topics covered depend on the age and interests of the participants. They can include:

  • School issues
  • Adoptee friendships
  • Adoptees in the media
  • Where adoptees can go for support
  • Lifestory Books
  • Adoption and identity
  • Race and culture
  • Effective and empowered responses to intrusive questions
  • Additional topics can be arranged by request

At the beginning of every Youth Activity series, parents are required to attend a 2-hour orientation with the facilitators. The intention of the parent preparation is to meet the facilitators and to encourage everyday family activities that support the curriculum. The parent workshop will be presented by Astrid Dabbeni. 

LOOKING FOR two Teen Leaders (adopted).  Adoption Mosaic’s Youth Activity Groups are designed to take full advantage of the benefits inherent to a mentorship relationship. Youth ages 14-18 are invited to volunteer to be Teen Leaders for our Youth Group series. Teens will receive a community service certificate for their time.  Contact our Office Manager at info@adoptionmosaic.org if you are interested.

Groups can be scheduled based on interest. Please contact info@adoptionmosaic.org to indicate you are interested in participating in the next scheduled group or if you are interested in arranging a group.

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