Adoptees shouldn’t have to walk the road alone. So, I made this space for us.
Community Enjoyed Together.
We’re not alone! Adoptees get to see that here, and be seen. Where isolation separates us, connecting face to face becomes a gift. A skill, too. Adoptees will receive tailor-made resources & materials based on the personalized needs of group members as we journey together throughout the summer season.
To preserve our small-group atmosphere space is limited to 20 teens.
We’ll gather weekly and virtually on Zoom.Wednesdays at 3:30pm central time, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/09, 8/16.
Facilitated by adoptee and therapist Cam Lee Small, MS, LPCC
“In the classroom he blends a depth of clinical experience with firsthand perspective to draw meaningful connections between mental health and the lived experience of adoptees in a way that is applicable and engaging.” –Elizabeth Keely Vandre, MSW, LGSW | University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
These days it’s hard to get teen adoptees connected in spaces built for them. Either access in your area is limited (or doesn’t exist) or they just might not be interested in these conversations yet. Here, they can eliminate travel time and connect from the comfort of their own home (or anywhere with Wifi!).
This is a place where their voice counts, and they get to practice using it in a context designed with their unique stories in mind.
What an honor and thrill it is to be able to offer this kind of space for adoptees. I can’t wait to work together with you and your family this next season!! -Cam
Cam’s personal experience as an international adoptee from Korea informs and inspires his current professional work. After 5 summers volunteering at Camp Choson and a year directing summer camp for Holt International, Cam earned his Master’s in Counseling Psychology and founded Therapy Redeemed as a licensed professional clinical counselor. His clinical practice aims to raise awareness and respond to the mental health needs of adoptees and their families wherever they may be in their adoption journey. Learn more about Cam’s summer camp experience here.
Professional Feedback RE: Group Facilitation at an Adoptee Camp
“The calm of Cameron’s presence allowed everyone to feel confident in moving forward in the conversation, knowing Cameron would keep them safe despite the challenging material. The skills and knowledge from his graduate education paired with his natural abilities provided cutting edge post adoption programming that we continue to benefit from today.”
A Message for Future Teen Adoptees
By Teen Adoptee from Fall 2022 Virtual Cohort:
“You are never alone in this situation and believe that you have a purpose and worth no matter what. Life will throw obstacles at you but don’t let that hold you back from being the person you wanna be :)”
Created by and for Adoptees
Through our virtual adoptee group, teens will find a refreshing, invitational environment in which they’re free to ask questions, listen to others, and enjoy meeting new peers who share this connection point in our experience of adoption.