You Are Not Alone - YANA

a group for youth adoptees

Youth Adoptee Support Group LogoAdopted youth, teens and young adults have unique struggles

The Youth Adoptee Support Group a.k.a. YANA provides a safe place for developing friendships, leadership, learning together and meeting like experienced humans and focusing on connection!  It’s perfect for adopted youth nationwide ages 8-13 years old.

A New Beginning’s new and improved Youth Adoptee Support Group, YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a support group for youth adoptees ages 8-13 from across the United States and focuses on connection and  unique adoption experiences.  The Youth Adoptee Support Group is a safe place to connect, have fun and most of all, realize YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Living in a world filled with unknowns, diversity, big decisions and myths, it is important to build a community of people who uplift.

YANA meets virtually the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in a closed Zoom group. We have different activities planned for each night. We can’t wait to meet and connect with your kids!  See our calendar below or visit our main events calendar here.

Adoption Specialist

Meet Amy Longchamps, LSW & Certified Support Specialist

 

Meet Jenna, Peer Mentor

Meet Maddi, Peer Mentor

YANA is led by our peer mentors Jenna Pearl and Maddi Ames. Both were adopted and have been sharing their stores for many years and advocate for other adoptees to do the same and explore their identity.  Both Jenna and Maddi are young adults and have completed peer mentor training.  Their roles as peer mentors are to connect with the adopted kids and help them navigate emotional ups and downs and their transitions into their adoptive families. Jenna works as a peer mentor and A New Beginning’s cultural ambassador for the agency.   Jenna’s primary role is to connect transracial and transcultural kids to people and appropriate organizations within their community to help honor their heritage.  Jenna also  helps families navigate and identify resources to for their transracial or transcultural child.  This group is open to youth adoptees nationwide.  See below for fees and how to join.

Youth Adoptee Mentor Support Group Meetings via Zoom

For Youth Adoptees 8-13 years old

All meetings are held at 7 pm via zoom. 

  • October 4th – “The Iceberg of You” activity
  • October 18th – Halloween Party and Game Night
  • November 1st – YANA’s Got Talent (Talent Show)
  • November 15th – “Control Wheel” activity
  • November 29th – “Problem Solving” activity
  • December 13th – Christmas Party and Game Night
  • December 27th – New Year’s Eve Party and Game Night

More information about the Youth Adoptee Support Group?

For families with youth adoptees, a subscription to YANA is required.   Each monthly subscription includes 2 (1 hr) virtual activities per month.   Virtually, activities are hosted in a private zoom  group and each month is a different theme.

  • IDAHO Families:  Medicaid is accepted for Private Pay of $25 per month per child 
  • NON-IDAHO families:  Private Pay is $25 per month per child

If you have more questions about the YANA program, please email yana@adoptanewbeginning.org

To start begin your peer connection and subscription now – click here and select the “PAY FEES” option.

Check out what the Youth Mentors have been up to…

Maddi was asked to speak at a local fundraising event about her own personal Foster-Care experience and adoption.  It was the first time she shared it in person publicly.  Powerful, emotional and proof Maddi is strong, determined and a leader, her words touched many of the participants at the event.   Thank you Maddi!

Jenna is also A New Beginning’s Cultural Ambassador and often speaks on panels to help education potential adoptive families about trans-racial adoption.  Here she is with Sally Guyer, Clinical Director, talking to families who are adopting through the US Foster-Adopt program.   Jenna shared some insight as to what it’s like to be adopted and look different from her adoptive parents, the impact of close family & friends comments and actions and how they make her feel.

24/7 Hotline

Maddie, I would like to say “Thank you” for being a great mentor.  You are truly amazing!  You talk to me and help me with my feelings alot!  I don’t really know how to describe what I feel, but you are so amazing, thank you so much, I appreciate it! ~A.B. 

Adoptee, YANA member