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New support group helps adoptive parents

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Being there for one another through good times and hardships is why a new support group has emerged in Fayette County for adoptive families.

Tamra DeGroat started the group, Adoptive Parent Support Group. She is a post adoption services care coordinator for The Villages, a foster care adoption agency in Indianapolis.

“The group is for parents who have adopted or have been approved to. The group is for those who need support from other parents who have experienced the highs and lows of adoption,” DeGroat said.

“Some, though not all, children who have been adopted may experience psychological, neurological, social and behavioral problems unique to their individual situation,” she said. “These potential problems can develop at any age, include bonding, attachment, relationship issues, cognitive delays, ADHD, defiance and matters related to identity formation. “

DeGroat said some of these problems that these children face can be linked to the child being separated from their biological parents, any kind of trauma the child has faced, drug abuse in their family history and physical health issues, she said.

Through the support group, adoptive parents can talk to one another and DeGroat to help work through these issues and be there for one another.

DeGroat is from Connersville. She hadn’t found anything in the area like the Adoptive Parent Support Group and some parents asked for it, so DeGroat opened the group.

“There are more adoptive parents in this area than you’d think,” DeGroat said. “We need to be there for one another to help each other through these highs and lows.” 

The group meets at 5 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Fayette County Public Library in the large conference room. Its first meeting was June 3; the next will be July 1. For information, contact DeGroat at 812-230-5538 or by email, TDeGroat@villages.org.