Founded in 2005, Mentorship is an adoptee-led and run program for adoptees only. All adoptees ages 11-18 meet monthly as a group with adult adoptee “mentors.”
As adoptees, our relationship with our identity can be more complex. In our meetings, we do activities, play games, and talk about adoption, our birth families, friendships, and what it’s like to be in a home where you may not look like anyone in your family. Most importantly, we have a lot of fun! Countless friendships have been made and many adoptees feel like they finally have a space where people “get” them.
We understand adoptees might be hesitant to join a group like this if they’ve never been with other adoptees before, and that’s ok! That’s true for many of us and we’re all figuring this out together. There is no expectation to share. We hope you join us!
Jessica is a Colombian transracial adoptee and Adoptee Advocate. She was a founding mentor of our NYC program and now oversees the Teen Mentoring Program at Spence-Chapin. Jessica’s passion for connecting with adoptees has always been the driving force in her work and is the reason she continues to create spaces for adoptees and adoptive parents to hear and learn from each other.
Mentors volunteer their time because many of them did not have a program like this when they were younger. Listening to the group’s experiences changes how they think about their own stories. Our mentors believe there is truly nothing like being in a room full of adoptees and knowing that, while everyone has different stories, they share a deep-rooted bond.
We asked a few questions so you can get to know them!
We asked our mentors:
Understanding the importance of community, adoptive parents are invited to participate in a separate monthly group. Topics include talking about adoption, advocating for your child and navigating birth family search. Parents whose children participate in the mentorship program are automatically enrolled. If your child is between the ages of 11 and 18 but is not participating in the program, you are welcome to join us.