Support Groups: What are the benefits?
* Making Connections (feeling less alone)
* Improving coping skills
* Getting motivated: to find resources, ways to focus
* Finding hope
Given the lengthy wait for your referral Support Groups may really be useful to get you through the tough days, where you feel you just cannot wait another day to know who your child is.
Our agency realizes that waiting families need support, but find that it is difficult to find positive ways to help families during the wait. We hope you feel comfortable to call or e-mail when you have questions. We also hope you rest assured that we are updating you as much as we can, on the process, referrals, new policies. In recognizing our limitations, we hope to help families find the resources they need and the support that they need during the long wait.
This link is one you might find to be a helpful start in finding a support group, and learning more about the pros and cons of them.
If you live in the MA area this group might also interest you:
Families with Children from China (FCC)
FCC is a volunteer network of independent chapters across the country and the world . It is made up of families with children adopted from China as well as families waiting for or considering adoption from China. It provides a way to connect with other families with children from China and to learn about adoptive parenting and the various ways internationally adopted children form their sense of identity. FCC’s mission is to help families celebrate the joys of Chinese culture and their children’s heritage, as well as to support children who wait in the Chinese orphanages. You can learn more about FCC and what it has to offer by going to the national web site - http://www.fwcc.org. This web site is an informative resource for pre- and post-adoptive families.
FCC-NE - New England
This is the largest chapter in the New England area and one of the most active in the country. Its magazine, China Connection, is published three times a year and includes articles, interviews, and book reviews about adoption, Chinese culture, medical issues, cultural activities, and much more. FCC-NE sends regular email updates; a quarterly calendar of playgroups, cultural events, parties, and other news from around the region; and invitations to educational events and Chinese New Year parties. It publishes an annual membership directory, provides access to a lending library of adoption-related videos, and more. The membership fee for the FCC-NE chapter is $29 a year. Membership also links you to local affiliate groups around Massachusetts, supported by FCC-NE, which sponsor events of local interest. While FCC-NE activities are primarily in eastern Massachusetts, families outside this area may still be interested in joining to receive the newsletter and other resources. To join, download an application from the FCC-NE website at http://fccne.org, contact Susan Avery (Membership) 978-635-1982 or
For more information about FCC-NE and how to get involved, contact Joyce Tavon (Outreach) (617) 625-4284 or
Membership of $20 per year or $35 for two years provides you with access to area holiday events, a newsletter, email list-serv group, Chinese Culture Courses and more. For information about joining contact Robyn Leo,
or by mail at FCC-CT/RI/Central MA, c/o Robyn Leo, PO Box 101, Thompson, CT, 06277.
Membership of $25 provides you with access to three annual events including a Chinese New Year party, a summer picnic and a Cultural day as well as the national FCC newsletter and a local chapter newsletter published three times a year. For information about joining the New Hampshire chapter, contact: Vicki Etchings, Membership Coordinator (603) 745-9828 or
SPACE - For Single Parents
Check our website at www.geocities.com/odsspace for more information or contact Claudia
Chinese Culture/Adoption Support Connection for Young Children Adopted From China and Their Families
NEW!! The Chinese Way to Wealth and Prosperity -- by Michael Lee, an adoptive parent - www.michaeljustinlee.com
received good review by the New York Times
Is She Your Real Sister?
Adoption In School
Surviving the China Wait
Older Child Adoption
Is It Adoption or Is It Life?
Raising Sound Sleepers
Adoptive Families of America Magazine
Bi-monthly magazine offering the most up-to -date information, support, and advice on adoption issues. Please contact: AFA, 2309 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, 1-800-372-3300 Web: www.adoptivefam.com
CAWLI Family Blogs:
One adoptiove mother has set up a group to discuss adoption related issues, in particular there is discussion around the recent reports of melamine in the milk produts in China. This mother has sent an invite to anyone who would like to join:
"This group has been set up to discuss the melamine issue in China. We are here to share information and learn from each other so our children can get the right testing and right treatment.
Please see the file section for lots of information.
Please fill in the information in the database section so we can see how far back this issue goes.
I want to add that I am an adoptive mom as well and have no medical knowledge, just what I read like the rest of you, and what I find out from my doctor. So the more we share (and where the information came from) will be helpful for all. "
If you would like to join, here is the link:
CAWLI’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration Held every year to celebrate the Chinese New Year. A great way to meet other CAWLI families!
The Dragon Boat Festival
Held annually in May or June along the banks of the Charles River. In addition to the boat races the festivities include music, dance, Asian arts and crafts and food.
Resources To Learn Chinese & Chinese Culture
The Boston Chinese Folk and Classical Dance Troupe
Classes run every Saturday for all levels and ages!
Please see www.BostonChineseDance.org for more information.
Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture
Director: Ms. Kai Tao at 781.788.8558,
411 Waverley Oaks RD, Building #2, Suite 214, Waltham, MA 02452
Home to: Little Wagon Early Education Center
Contact Paula Phipps or for more information go to http://www.littlewagon.org/
Children and Music in Chinese
Director: Ms. Pei-Chun Lin, at 508-333-2535,
http://www.childrenandmusic.com/Music/Movement, piano, flute, Chinese flute and voice classes for all ages, using Chinese language.
China Bridge for Education
Yong Li, Director
7 Brook St., Quincy, MA
www.chinabridgeforeducation.org or email:
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Chinese Academy of New England
90 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111
Chinese School of Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston
149 Old Spring Street, Lexington, MA 02421
Chinese School of Chinese Bible Church of Greater Lowell
197 Littleton Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824
English as a Second Language Tutors Needed at The Asian American Civic Association
For more info, email Walid Shoaib at
or call him at 617- 426-9492 ext. 216.
GBCCA's Little Dragon Girls Troop Seeks New Dancers
Traditional Chinese dance classes: 2-3 Saturday mornings/month, October 15, 2005-June 10, 2006. Openings for beginners aged 5-6 years old and dancers 10 years and up with any prior (ballet to hip-hop) experience. Go to www.gbcca.org for more information.
Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association
437 Cherry Street, West Newton, MA 02465
Web Address: www.gbcca.org
Massachusetts Chinese School (MCS)
Director: Dr. Peng Yin
Newton Horace Mann Elementary School
687 Watertown St., Newton, MA 02460
Offer various summer classes!
Tapes and Videos*
Follow Me Learning Chinese, Learning Express, Inc. 888.246.1860
Play and Learn With Mei Mei
Mei Mei and Me
Play & Learn Chinese with Mei Mei video series
Telephone: 401-723- 4440
*Please note that this is a partial listing of various schools and services and as an agency, we do not necessarily endorse any school/product listed above. Instead, we encourage you to research each service on your own to determine the most appropriate for you and your family.
Travel Clinics for Parents
|Travel Resource Center
Mount Auburn Hospital
330 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02238
|Massachusetts General Hospital
Traveler's Advice and Immunization
35 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Clinics for Adopted Children
|Children's Hospital Adoption Program
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Director: Dr. Lisa Albers
|The International Adoption Clinic
New England Medical Center
750 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Director: Dr. Laura Miller
|International Adoption Clinic
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Director: Boris Skurkovich
|Guangdong Concord Medical Center
96 Dong Chuan Road, Floor 9
Guangzhou City, China
Tel.: (20) 83874283 Fax: (20)83874303
|Deborah Borchers, M.D.
Eastgate Pediatric Center
4357 Ferguson Drive, Suite 150
Cincinnati, OH 45245
|Dr. Jane Aronson (NYC)
Winthrop Pediatric Associates
222 Station Plaza North, Suite 611
Mineola, NY 11501
|Dr. Gary Tratt
66 School St. (near Cape Cod Hospital)
Hyannis, MA 02601
|Dr. George Rogu (New York)
|Attachment Institute of New England
21 Cedar St.
Worcester, MA 01609
Most of these books can be ordered from the Adoptive Families of America's bookstore. The telephone number is: 1-800-372-3300, or visit their web site at www.tapestrybooks.com.
||Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects On Raising Internationally Adopted Children
||Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son
||The Lost Daughters of China
||A Passage to the Heart
|Jean Knoll & Mary-Kate Murphy
||Are Those Kids Yours?
|Heino Ericksen & Jean Nelson-Ericson
||How to Adopt Internationally, 2000-2002
||Raising Adopted Children
||The Adoption Resource Book
||The International Adoption Handbook
||Toddler Adoption: The Weaver's Craft
|CindyProbst, MEd, MSW, LCSW
|For Families Built Through Birth and Adoption:
|Jane T. Schnitter
||William Is My Brother
|For Children Who Were Adopted:
||I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
|Carol Antoinette Peacock
||Mommy Far, Mommy Near
||Our Baby From China: An adoption story
||When You Were Born In China
|Joanna Ferlan and Mary Fox Prather
||You are Special You Were Chosen
||Letter of Love From China
||To Grandmother's House, A visit to Old Town Beijing