Event Description

Sign your teen up for Barker's Virtual Teen Therapeutic Discussion Groups This Summer!

Objective: "In Our Voices" Teen Therapeutic Discussion Groups For Middle Schoolers provides a safe space and full week for adopted teens to connect with each other and discuss various adoption & identity topics as well as social justice and relevant current events.  This therapeutic discussion group will discuss issues related to anti-racism, adoptee rights, and recognition, LGBTQ affirmation, and more!


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Who: For Tweens/Teens in 6th to 8th Grade

When: August 3-8 | Time: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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  • Cost: $230.00 for all 6 sessions 
  • Each session will be held online via Zoom (limited to 12-14 people).
  • Please try to ensure teens enter the virtual group promptly and stay for the entire hour 15 minutes if possible. 
  • Teens will have a chance to exchange contact/social media info at the end of the 6 sessions.
  • Sessions for 9th to 12th Graders held in July. View here.

More About These Sessions


Session 1 (Monday, August 3)

  • Icebreakers
  • Teens will have a chance to share adoption stories (pictures, mementos, etc. are welcome)


Sessions 2-5 (Tuesday, August 4 - Friday, August 7)

  • Discussion topics:
    • Assumptions, questions, opinions that others have regarding adoption and how it affects us, how we respond
    • Advocating/empowering yourself
    • Exploring identity/authenticity
    • What’s in your control?  What’s not in your control? How do you cope?
    • What resources, books, movies, podcasts, etc. are helpful?
    • Current events – COVID, racial protests and how they are affecting them in regards to adoption


Session 6 (Saturday, August 8)

  • What do we want our parents to know?
  • Possible presentation or PSA to share with Barker and adoption community regarding social justice or adoption-related education
  • How can we continue to support one another and support other adoptees?


About The Facilitator 

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Kristen Reighard is a Nationally Certified Counselor who has worked with Barker for over 10 years. She facilitates Barker’s monthly Adult Adoptee Discussion Group.  In addition, she co-facilitates Barker’s Adopted Kids' & Teens' Groups throughout the year. Kristen is also an adoptee herself. She was transracially adopted as a baby from Seoul, South Korea and grew up in New Jersey.  She has been married for 7 years and has a son and daughter.

Event Type: 
Support/Discussion Groups
Audience Type: 
Child or Teen Adoptee

Date and Location

Event Date: 
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 4:15pm
Time Zone: 

Event Contact

Cynthia Cubbage

Registration Information

Registration is required?: 
Registration is Open?: 
230.00 for all 6 sessions