Children in the pre-teenage years are beginning to understand more about their adoption and experience even more questions at school. These children have not reached the angst of their teenage years, but they are starting the process of sorting out for themselves their own identity just as they begin to understand more about biology. At a younger age, they were just beginning to identify the differences between themselves and their peers in terms of race, but they are continuing to encounter questions, teasing, and possibly even bullying from their peers.
In an effort to help adopted children face these experiences, Dillon International has started offering a new six-month program series on Friday evenings specifically for pre-teen adoptees, ages 8 to 12. The group is facilitated by licensed social workers experienced in international adoption and is designed to reach out to all adoptees from all countries.
New series begins:
6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
3227 East 31st Street, Suite 200
Tulsa, OK 74105
Other pre-teen session dates:
- November 15th
- December 6th (Lock-in)
- January 17th
- February 14th
- March 7th
Fee for 6-month series: $125
Scholarship Application Adolescent Events
The goals of the group are to support internationally adopted children on an age-appropriate basis as they begin to explore adoption issues, enhance self-confidence and self-identity while building a support system of peers for internationally adopted children. The children have an opportunity to share with their peers on topics including
Adoption and School
Race and Identity
Teasing and Bullying
Family Tree Remix: How Do You Tell It?
Participants will have an opportunity to chat with older adoptees and learn from their experiences on these topics as well as hear firsthand from a birth mother about her decision to make an adoption plan for her child. Plenty of food, fellowship, and fun are also incorporated into the sessions.
Questions? Please email Jan Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So that no child will be prevented from participating due to their family's financial need, there are a few scholarships available. Please ask for a scholarship application when contacting the agency.