Adult Adoptee Group: Strategies and Tools for Identity, Relationship and Life Challenges New! Support for adults

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Date : Thursday October 23, 2014. Group will meet for 6 sessions: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4
Location: IAC Center, 2 Tree Farm Road, Suite A200, Pennington, NJ 08534

Adoption presents individuals with additional life tasks and some complex issues.
If you experience any of these feelings you will benefit from this group:

Have intense reactions to loss or change

Struggle with fears of abandonment or about intimacy

Experience loyalty conflict with your family(s)

Feel different, uncertain about where you fit in

Are uncertain about searching for your biological family

Want to explain or explore your feelings about adoption but have trouble finding the words

Experience deep emotions that are overwhelming or confusing and feel related to your adoption

In this group you will have an opportunity to explore these issues with like-minded peers and to learn from each other’s experiences, perspectives and wisdom.

The group will be facilitated by Susan Merkel, MSW, LSW under the supervision of Joni Mantell, LSW, IAC Center Director. Susan received her MSW from Rutgers University in 2012; is a certified Bowen Family System and Beck CBT therapist; has been an advocate with NJ Care and the American Adoption Congress since 2011 and is an adult adoptee.

To learn more about this group or to schedule your intake interview contact Emily Morgan at or 609-737-8750.

Based in Pennington, NJ