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Adoption as an informed choice

Adoption as an informed choice

A closed group to help explore whether adopting a child is a choice you want to take in your life.

Starts 18th March, 2023

4 sessions | Conducted every Sunday 10:30 AM

Small group, 6-8 people

75-minute online video conversations

Led by Serene Sarah George

Program Fee - INR 2500 for India-based participants | INR 3500 for participants outside India

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Goals of the group

Through this series, our participants will get to reflect deeper on the question "Is adoption really for me?".

As a closed group, we will focus on nurturing a safe, authentic and non-judgmental space to help participants gather insight/perspective on adoption and making an informed choice – both for those - both for those exploring adoption due to infertility and related issues or for someone who is considering adoption as a choice over biological methods.

Who is the group for?

The group welcomes anyone who is considering or is intrigued by adoption as a path to parenthood, either a single individual or as a couple.

"Is adoption a good choice for me?"
"I'm not too keen on a biological child, can adoption work for me?"
"I thought infertility is the end game, may be adoption is an option?"
"I really want to adopt, but I'm scared how my partner will respond to this."
"I don't know many people around who have adopted children- this is quite an unchartered territory for me."
"Once the child grows up, wouldn't they want to find their biological parents?"
"Will my family even accept an adopted child?"
"I don't want to bring a child home and then make things more difficult for them!"

Glimpse of the regime

Session 1: What does this mean for me?

• Exploring personal narratives around legacy
• Why does adoption as a concept appeal to you?
• The 'khoon ka rishta' stigma- Is blood thicker than water?

Session 2: How do I figure out my own contradictions?

• Exploring individual reasons for considering adoption
• Processing difficult and conflicting thoughts and emotions
• Reflecting on fears of being an adoptive parent"

Session 3: How do I move towards a decision?

• Getting on the same page as partners
• Exploring adoption preferences in view of how equipped you are
• What does the adoption process look like in India?"

Session 4: What comes beyond decision-making?

• Communication with families - exploring when, what and how to share.
• Setting boundaries and choosing your battles
• Finding your tribe and social support through the waiting period
• Developing a growth mindset in the journey

• Group check in

  • Biggest benefit has been listening and learning about what other people are thinking

    Aman

    Queer

  • I just had a very emotional discussion. It was probably one of the most helpful things for me in years.

    Ishani

    Had always wanted to adopt

  • I'd give it a 10 [out of 10]. I'm surprised at how vulnerable and open everyone was in the first session.

    Sukanya

    Have PCOS and fertility issues

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Meet your Facilitator

Serene Sarah George

Serene is a Mental Health Practitioner from Bangalore, who works with a young adult population. She practices under Reflective Conversations, a joint initiative that also works in areas of psycho-education and mental health advocacy. She has dabbled in corporate finance prior to training as a therapist and follows a growth-mindset in her personal and professional life. Creative writing has always been a form of authentic self expression for her and in her free time, you'll find her grooving to AR Rahman's music.

Serene and her partner are prospective adoptive parents, eagerly and patiently waiting to bring their child home. She has been on her own personal journey while getting to this decision as a married couple, and is now preparing herself for the way ahead.

FAQs

What are SoulUp Groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am I going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has SoulUp been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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