Support groups are vital pillars in the adoption community. They bring all different members of the adoption triad together to discuss important issues and to work through breaking barriers within the adoption community while helping thousands of people get past the emotional hurdles that can sometimes come with the adoption experience.
Attended by adoption professionals and members of the adoption triad, support group meetings are most often held for some of adoption's most emotionally frustrating experiences, such as searching for one's birth parents or adopted child. Even people who are considering adoption but must first work on getting beyond infertility issues can find an adoption-centric support group that fits their needs.
There are a few different ways to attend support groups. There are in-person group sessions that may meet in a public space. However, for those who do not have the time nor flexibility to attend a scheduled support group, online forums are great places to discuss pertinent and complex adoption issues with other members of the community from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule. Forums are also likely to feature busy adoption professionals, who can bring expert advice to the topic discussion.
Looking for support isn't a sign of weakness, nor is it a sure-fire way to change your views or the way you feel about something. However, there's something comforting in knowing you're not alone in the way you feel.