The Adoptees Association

The Adoptees Association offers peer support meetings, counselling and advocacy services, guest speakers, panels, and whatever other resources the community wants or needs. Our goal is to have a permanent resource centre including a lending library. If you are an adopted person you are welcome to share your thoughts and ideas and take advantage of the resources we offer.

The Adoptees Association monthly discussion/support meetings All adopted people are welcome to join. We meet once a month (except July and August) at a central Vancouver location. Contact Catherine at 604-805-0546 for details or go to our website for more information and/or our facebook page under the name adoptees association.

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Somatic Exploration Weekend Workshop Sept 26, 27 28

Adoptees Association Presents:
Somatic Exploration Weekend Workshop
facilitated by Mariah Moser

What Does Somatic Therapy, Attachment Theory, And
Neuroscience Findings have to do with Adoption Healing?

This weekend discovery workshop helps participants understand the impact of adoption in their lives and uses recent ?ndings in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology to explore the self and begin a process of integrating past, present and future in a safe and caring environment.

Relevant concepts from neurobiology are made accessible through playful, small group activities and discussion that include sensing, observing, moving, and interacting. By the end of the program, participants will have an enriched understanding of their physical, emotional and mental selves and experiences, and will have begun a process of incorporating a new awareness that supports positive change.

Dates: September 26,27,28 2014
Your investment: $420 for workshops and accomodation.
Location: Sunshine Coast

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Presented by: J. Mariah Moser,  somatic therapist and trauma educator.

For more info: 604.805.0546


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Somatic Ball Rolling Workshop

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Somatic Ball Rolling Workshop
February 20, 2012
I signed up for a Somatic Ball Rolling Workshop a few months ago. The invitation was sent to me by email, by the same group of adoptees who organized a somatic workshop last year in Vancouver. Specifically for Adult Adoptees. Last year was the first time I was in a room with eight adoptees, all women, who were organized, and created their own support group. It was very moving for me, so I was keen to meet up with them again.

This time, the group met up in a large room in a yoga/shiatsu clinic in Vancouver. There were three familiar faces, and a couple of new ones as well. The leader of the group this time was a Somatic Experiencing practitioner, with a specialty in Trauma Resolution, and trained by David Levine. She also is an Occupational Therapist, specialising in psychiatric medicine, a certified CranioSacral Therapist and body worker. Also, Buddhism and Energy medicine informs her work. Exactly what everyone in the room needed, having identified their adoptions as traumatic experiences, recognizing that being separated from their mothers, whether at birth, or in my case later, leaves deep buried wounds.

In three hours, we managed to work up our spine, ever so slowly, and up the front of our torso, as well as the back of our skull. There was physical discomfort, as well as relaxation. For a couple, it was quite emotional. For me, well my heart managed one tiny release when I lay down on the ball underneath my spine, and worked with my breath. It was just a small fluttery feeling, a tiny discharge.

When our group of six was through, there was discussion about continuing with this process. I wished I lived in Vancouver at that moment! But it was great to have that experience, and we followed up with lunch together. And that was just as amazing as the workshop. Just sitting and talking with a group of women, all adopted, we just got each other in such a deep, raw, compassionate way. Just like last year, I was struck by how this felt, on an energy level. Truly incredible, and impossible to put in to words. I can only imagine that it is the same with people suffering from addictions, and they meet with others who share that experience. Why AA works I guess, or any of the many support groups out there, NA, alAnon, groups for people with eating disorders, prescription meds addictions, smokers and shopaholics. We are a society of people suffering, or grappling with addictive tendencies and pain, but it doesn’t have to be silently. This is what meeting with this group of adult adoptees proves to me. Being in a group of people who just get it. Period.

I am thankful for my one night in Vancouver. I experienced much in that short time. I was also thankful for my family when I returned. They support me in so many ways.

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Workshop: Body Rolling for Adopted Adults

Body rolling is used to access and explore deep, unresolved energy in the body.

Led by Saskia Soeterik who is both an occupational therapist trained in rehabilitation medicine, as well as a trained trauma counsellor with a private practice in body-oriented psychotherapy, participants will be safely contained by Saskia as they track, respond to and shift difficult states that arise through working with the body.
Saskia is familiar with the issues and responses that are commonly experienced as a result of adoption and has designed a workshop specifically for adopted adults.

The workshop will be 3 hours in length and will be limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, February 18th 9:00 – Noon
3261 Heather Street (at 16th Ave.)

Reserve your space now

Discount Rate (before January 30) $55
Regular Rate (after January 30) $65


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Monthly Meeting

The Adoptees Association monthly discussion/support meetings All adopted people are welcome to join. We meet once a month (except July and August) at a central Vancouver location. Contact Catherine at 604-805-0546 for details or go to our website for more information and/or our facebook page under the name adoptees association.
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Workshop: An introduction to somatic exploration for Adoptees.



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Review of “Find My Family”

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pilot episode of Find My Family was nowhere near as sensationalized and shallow as I had expected it might be. I cringed at the thought of how a life-changing and emotionally charged experience like an adoption reunion could be mishandled by a reality TV. production. I thought they did well to have hosts who were adopted people, and who had experienced a reunion themselves. They came across as sensitive and genuine. The participants in this episode seemed to be emotionally mature individuals who openly expressed their fears and hopes, demonstrating their awareness of the complex issues intrinsic to reunion. The participants were respectful of one another and of the larger family circle. The big tear jerker for me was the letter that the birthfather wrote and read aloud to his relinquished daughter. Why can’t there be more birthfathers like that?!!!! I look forward to seeing the next episode, where the adoptive family and the birth family meet. It can’t all be smooth sailing, can it?

We’ll have to wait to find out… And of course it makes me wonder if subsequent shows will have pre-screened participants so that only the most ideal scenarios unfold?

My only criticism: lose the cheesy running across the field into one another’s arms under the “family” tree. Isn’t there enough drama already.

By Catherine Moore

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Monthly Meeting

This month’s Adoptees Association meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday March 17th at the Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway (at Main).
Meetings are held regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the Rhizome Cafe. However in case of unforseen changes in date or location, please check our website or the ‘adoptees association’ facebook page for the current month’s meeting details.
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Long-Term Outcomes of Adoption Reunions

What happens after reunion? I mean after the honeymoon is over and life goes on…In B.C. the Adoption Reunion Registry has been reuniting families since 1991. In this province alone there have been eighteen years of reunion experience. I was in that first wave of reunions and want to know how it has been for others? I think we have a lot of valuable information that needs to be shared within the adoption community and beyond, for our mutual benefit and for those who come after.

I am researching a book on the topic and the project would really benefit from your collective wisdom. If you could take a few minutes to email me your answers to some or all of these questions or make comments about your situation I would greatly appreciate it. Should you share any identifying information, it will be kept private and confidential.

1. What are the circumstances of your reunion – how long has it been, which family members have you met, who found who…?

2. What does your reunion look like now? Close, distant, nonexistent? What do you wish it was like?

3. What have been the positives/negatives of the experience for you?

4. In retrospect, what, if anything, would you do differently?

5. What advice would you give to those searching or about to have a reunion?

6. What changes would you like to see made to the current adoption system?

Thank you for your contribution, it is much appreciated!

Catherine Moore

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Adoption Mythology

If you are adopted or part of an adopted family then you’ve probably heard a question like this before: “So, what’s the big deal about being adopted?” or perhaps one like this: “Why aren’t adopted people satisfied with what they have, they should be grateful?” I’ve heard such questions or some variation thereof so many times that I have to wonder what compels people to ask such questions – which are surprisingly personal – yet which express surprisingly common views. I conclude that these kinds of questions are born of a misunderstanding about the nature of adoption, what I call ‘Adoption Mythology’. MORE..

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