All Together Now provides a space for adoptive parents to gather, connect, share resources, and discuss adoption-related issues. ATN requires that parents of children registered for the groups attend the Parents Group. Parents that are planning to adopt are also welcome.
In our Parents Group and in our programming, we recognize the role that race plays in our families. We value the integration of our children’s birth cultures into our families’ lives. We acknowledge the birth family as a living reality in the adoptive family. We are also attuned to the losses experienced in adoption, especially those of our children and birth families, and treat them respectfully in the context of ATN. Finally, we celebrate the diversity of adoptive families and the lifelong, nurturing, loving, unconditional and irrevocable bonds they form.
Over the years, ATN’s Parents Group has explored and discussed topics such as adoption in school, traveling to a child’s birth country, searching for birth parents, navigating relationships with birth families in open adoptions, and parenting the traumatized child.
We’ve invited many guest speakers including Andrew Solomon, celebrated author of “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity”, Rebecca Carroll, Amanda Baden, Joy Lieberthal, John Raible, Victor Gunsalus, Mike McDonald, host of “The Rambler” podcast, .and first mothers, including Newayna Dukes and Racilous, an anonymous blogger.
We also have showcased many documentaries dealing with adoption. A short list includes: Deann Borshay Liem’s “First Person Plural,” Phil Bertelsen’s “Outside Looking In,” John Sanvidge’s “Adoptees in the Wild,” and Nicole Opper’s “Off and Running”. The group has read and discussed the work of adoptee activists, including Laura Dennis, and writers such as Joyce Maguire Pavao. The sessions are curated and led by an adoptee facilitator in collaboration with the participating parents.