Adoptive and Guardianship Parent Group meetings are held in a variety of locations across Tennessee. FUSE parent groups are designed to provide families with educational and recreational opportunities that help them develop supportive relationships with other adoptive and guardianship families in their communities. Adoptive and guardianship parent groups can help families share, understand, and manage the complexities of parenting their child. Whether providing general support, empathic listening and understanding, or specific advice, adoptive and guardianship parent groups help families stay in touch with the joys and challenges involved in the parenting journey. Children who attend the monthly therapeutic kids group benefit from establishing relationships with other children who have experienced adoption or guardianship. During the therapeutic kids group, they have opportunity to connect with peers, explore challenging feelings, and learn positive ways to interact with friends, siblings, parents, and other individuals in their life. The kids group offers a structured time of fun, learning, and growing together under the direction of clinical staff who are part of every group.
We are pleased to announce that monthly FUSE groups are now available in every DCS region statewide. FUSE stands for Families*United*Supported*Engaged. The main goal of the groups is to support and educate adoptive and guardianship parents as they navigate the challenges and notable experiences that occur throughout the adoption and guardianship journey. FUSE groups focus on one key psycho-educational topic each month as well as providing opportunity for group discussion, fellowship, and sharing. FUSE groups are open to all foster, pre and post adoptive, and pre and post guardianship families. Dinner is provided and childcare is available for ages 5 and older. An RSVP is required to attend; please email firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the location of the group as well as the total number of adults and children over age 5 that will be attending.
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