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Virtual Groups

Connecting with other adoptees can be difficult, especially when you might not live in an area with a lot of other adoptive families.  Dillon also understands how important it is to make connections with others that have similar experiences.

 

Dillon is growing our virtual support groups, to help allow different age groups the ability to connect while living in diverse locations.

 

 

  

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Teen Groups

Peer support is so important for teenagers.  Not feeling alone and having others to speak with that understand how they feel can create healing and a safe place to discuss identity topics.

 

 

 

 

Currently, we have groups in:

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Oklahoma City, OK

Tulsa, OK 

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Pre-teen Groups

During the pre-teen years, your child is now starting to explore language around emotions and identity.  These groups were created to assist your child in the beginning stages of language discovery and identity awareness.  We focus on fun and out-of-the-box learning experiences.

 

Currently, we have groups in:

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Oklahoma City, OK

Tulsa, OK 

 

 

What this group offers:

 

Support
Education
Resources
Validation
Solutions
Relationships
Guidance
Hope

Virtual Groups

Connecting with other adoptees can be difficult, especially when you might not live in an area with a lot of other adoptive families.  Dillon also understands how important it is to make connections with others that have similar experiences.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We want to make sure that our groups are available to all those that desire to attend.  If it is a cost that is prohibiting you from joining please contact our Development Department to learn more about our scholarship program.

CONTACT

Lisa Wiedenhaupt, LCSW  918-748-5603

Pre-teen Virtual Support Group

Appliction Openig Sept. 2022

Group meets virtually on the second Tuesday of the month from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Group will be hosted from October - March.

Zoom Session Event

This virtual group will meet monthly to go over different topics around adoption and race.  Our groups are open to all international and domestic adoptees ages 8-12, regardless of placing agency.  

How do Virtual groups work?

In October you will be sent a box with supplies for the entire six months.  The group will meet monthly on zoom to go over activities and discuss different topics such as different kinds of families, bullying, identity, and more.  Then you are in the following service cities Kansas City Area, Dallas Area, and Little Rock area we will host a gathering for adoptive families to wrap up the group.  For that outside of our service areas, we will do a whole family virtual event with games and other fun activities!

Cost

$150 per participant.  (Included virtual sessions, supply kit mailed to home, facilitator, and wrap-up session)

Teen Virtual Support Group

Registratios Open September 2022

Group meets virtually on the second Thursday of the month from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Group will be hosted from October - March.

Zoom Session Event

This virtual group will meet monthly to go over different topics around adoption and race.  Our groups are open to all international and domestic adoptees ages 13-17, regardless of placing agency.  

How do Virtual groups work?

In October you will be sent a box with supplies for the entire six months.  The group will meet monthly on zoom to go over activities and discuss different topics such as different kinds of families, bullying, identity, and more.  Then you are in the following service cities Kansas City Area, Dallas Area, and Little Rock area we will host a gathering for adoptive families to wrap up the group.  For that outside of our service areas, we will do a whole family virtual event with games and other fun activities!

Cost

$150 per participant.  (Included virtual sessions, supply kit mailed to home, facilitator, and wrap-up session)

 

Teen Groups

 

What this group offers:

 

Support
Validation
Identity
Relationships
Guidance
Hope

Dillon recognizes that adoption brings with it many lifelong issues and challenges.  Especially during the teen years, adoptees want a chance to share their feelings and experiences with other adoptees.  That is why Dillon is starting a teen support group.

WHO

Any teen adopted internationally, domestically or through foster care ages, 13 to 17 is welcome to attend.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We want to make sure that our groups are available to all those that desire to attend.  If it is a cost that is prohibiting you from joining please contact our Development Department to learn more about our scholarship program.

CONTACT

Lisa Wiedenhaupt, LCSW  918-748-5603

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Regisrtion Open September 2022

Six-Month Program:

Nov. - April

Location:

TBA

The DFW teen Group is a six-session program.  Each session is a stand-alone but to help with building relationships with those in the group we offer it in six-session increments.  Each session will be open to discussing different topics around adoption and identity.  We will also allow time for games and hang out with other teen in the group.  

If you missed the first session you are still welcome to join!  We have found if possible the more consistent the group can be the greater the bond between participants.  

Ages:  13-17 years old

Each group will be held on Thursday night from 6:15PM to 7:45PM.  

Cost:  $150.00 per six session program

Oklahoma City, OK

Registrations Open Soon

Next Group:

October - March

from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Monday, October 3rd

Monday, November 7

Monday, December 5

Monday,  January 23

Monday, February 6

Monday, March 6

Quail Springs Baptist Church
14613 N May Ave 
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

COVID Precautions:  To follow our office gathering guidelines, we will be asking participants and volunteers to wear masks during the group meetings.  We will update you when changes take place.

The Oklahoma City group is held for 4 month sessions.  Each session is a stand alone, which means teens are welcome to join for just one session or all five!  We have found these groups are most successful when families commit to all 5 sessions.  Allowing relationships to form and teens to feel trust to be open to share. 

 

Each session we will discuss topics on identity, birth family, race, and other adoption related topics.  We will also allow time for games and hangout with other teens in the group.  

Age:  13-17 years old

Cost:  $150.00 per participant for the six-month program

The fee includes registration, facilitator fee, and activities.

Tulsa, OK

Registration Open Soon

Five-Month Program:

Oct. 2022 - March 2023

6 PM to 7 PM

Thursday, Oct. 6

Thursday, Nov. 3

Thursday, Dec. 1

Thursday, Jan. 19

Thursday, Feb. 9

Thursday, March 2

Dillon International Headquarters

7335 S. Lewis Ave, Suite 210

Tulsa, OK 74136

COVID Precautions:  To follow our office gathering guidelines, we will be asking participants and volunteers to wear masks during the group meetings.  Temperatures will be taken at arrival at each group meeting.  We will also do our best with the space we have to do social distancing as much as possible.  We will update you when changes take place.

The Tulsa Teen Group is a five-session program.  Each session is a stand-alone but to help with building relationships with those in the group we offer it in five-session increments.  Each session we will discuss topics on identity, birth family, race, and other adoption-related topics.  We will also allow time for games and hang out with other teens in the group.  

If you missed the first session you are still welcome to join!  We have found if possible the more consistent the group can be the greater the bond between participants.  

Ages:  13-17 years old

Each group will be held on Thursday night from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  

Cost:  $125.00 per five session program

 

Pre-Teen Groups

WHY ATTEND?

  • Make new friends

  • Develop relationships with trusted adults who are adoptees or work in the field of international adoption

  • Enhance self-confidence and self-identity

  • Participate in group activities to learn strategies and techniques for handling adopted-related questions

  • Ask questions in a welcoming, safe environment

  • Get a better  sense of who they are

Dillon recognizes that adoption brings with it many lifelong issues and challenges.  Dillon has found the pre-teen age is when children are trying to discover language to express the feelings they may be having.  The pre-teen group focuses on going over topics around the adoption in a more general term.  Introducing topics to your child at an age-appropriate level. 

WHO

Any pre-teen adopted internationally, domestically, or through foster care.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We want to make sure that our groups are available to all those that desire to attend.  If it is a cost that is prohibiting you from joining please contact our Development Department to learn more about our scholarship program.

CONTACT

Lisa Wiedenhaupt, LCSW  918-748-5603

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - FULL for 2021/2

Six-Month Program:

Nov. - April 2022

Location:

Watermark Ft Worth

8000 Western Hills Blvd, Ft Worth, TX 76108

The Tulsa Pre-teen Group is a six-session program.  Each session is a stand-alone but to help with building relationships with those in the group we offer it in six-session increments.  Each session we will discuss topics on identity, birth family, race, and other adoption-related topics.  We will also allow time for games and hang out with other pre-teens in the group.  

If you missed the first session you are still welcome to join!  We have found if possible the more consistent the group can be the greater the bond between participants.  These programs are offered Oct. - March every year.

Ages:  8-12 years old

Each group will be held on Friday night from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.  

Cost:  $150.00 per six-session program

Oklahoma City, OK

Registrations Open Soon

Next Group:

October - March

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Monday, October 3rd

Monday, November 7

Monday, December 5

Monday,  January 23

Monday, February 6

Monday, March 6

Quail Springs Baptist Church
14613 N May Ave 
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

COVID Precautions:  To follow our office gathering guidelines, we will be asking participants and volunteers to wear masks during the group meetings.  We will update you when changes take place.

The Oklahoma City group is held for 4 monthly sessions.  Each session is a stand-alone, which means pre-teens are welcome to join for just one session or all five!  We have found these groups are most successful when families commit to all 4 sessions.  Allowing relationships to form and pre-teens to feel trust to be open to sharing. 

 

Each session we will discuss topics on identity, birth family, race, and other adoption-related topics.  We will also allow time for games and hang out with other teens in the group.  

Age:  8-12 years old

Cost:  $150 per participant for the six-month program

The fee includes registration, facilitator fee, and activities.

Tulsa, OK

Six Month Program:

October 2022 - March 2023

6 PM to 7:30 PM

Friday, Oct. 7

Friday, Nov. 4

Friday, Dec. 2

Friday, Jan. 20

Friday, Feb. 10

Friday, March 3

Dillon International Headquarters

7335 S. Lewis Ave, Suite 210

Tulsa, OK 74136

COVID Precautions:  To follow our office gathering guidelines, we will be asking participants and volunteers to wear masks during the group meetings.  Temperatures will be taken at arrival at each group meeting.  We will also do our best with the space we have to do social distancing as much as possible.  We will update you when changes take place.

The Tulsa Pre-teen Group is a six-session program.  Each session is a stand-alone but to help with building relationships with those in the group we offer it in six-session increments.  Each session we will discuss topics on identity, birth family, race, and other adoption-related topics.  We will also allow time for games and hang out with other pre-teens in the group.  

If you missed the first session you are still welcome to join!  We have found if possible the more consistent the group can be the greater the bond between participants.  These programs are offered from Oct. - March every year.

Ages:  8-12 years old

Each group will be held on Friday night from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  

Cost:  $150.00 per participant for the six-session program