Welcome to All-Dopt!

All-dopt was formed in 1987 by a handful of adoptive parents in the St. Louis Metro area. The group came about after consulting with their social worker, Helena Quaid, about the need for a support group for their multicultural and multiracial families. At that time, there were no adoption support groups, very few books about adoption, very little literature about international adoption or multi-racial families, and definitely no access to anything as marvelous as the internet. Traditionally in the late 80’s and 90’s, All-dopt met monthly, so the bond between the families became pretty strong. They choose the name All-dopt because they wanted to welcome families and children from “ALL” adoption situations. They also welcomed not only families that had already adopted, but reached out to waiting families, their extended families including grandparents, and individuals that just wanted to learn about adoption.

All-dopt would annually have a large Fall Celebration and Christmas Celebration in addition to regular meetings. Many, many families through their networking with other families and children in All-dopt established life-long bonds, which have continued throughout the adoptees lives. With All-dopt, children who are adopted are able to see that they are not the only one in the world, in their neighborhood, in their school system that doesn’t have a cookie-cutter family. These children, with the support of All-dopt families, are offered reinforcement for positive self-identity, which is beneficial as they face life’s challenges of being adopted or being different. They come to understand that they are unique in a positive way and All-dopt reaffirms their family unit and offers them a supportive network.   

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