adoption family support

ACT is anchored in God’s promise in Isaiah 43:2:

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up"

ACT (Adoption Coaching and Training) is a ministry of America World Adoption providing adoption support to families through support groups, training, and individualized coaching. We recognize that parenting is not easy, and we are here to stand with adoptive families, offering Christ-centered guidance as we work together to prepare for adoption and heal our children with a history of loss and trauma. Our staff, trained in TBRI and other adoption competencies, are ready to lead and assist you with compassion and professionalism. Explore our services in the links below, and reach out to us today for a free consultation to make a plan to meet your needs.


Our training program covers a variety of areas.  Our “Anchored in Hope” training series meets the requirements for training prospective adoptive parents, and is available for families in the home study process.   We provide access to several on-demand courses and live webinars on topics of interest to adoptive families.  Find a training session that will help you and your family.


Our counseling program, currently available only to Ohio residents, includes evidence-based practices such as trust-based relational intervention, adverse childhood experiences, and trauma-informed care. All our providers are qualified, trained, and licensed professionals; many have personal connections to adoption, either as adoptive parents or adoptees.

Support Groups

Join us for our support groups. It's a great way to connect with families, via video conferencing, who are experiencing the same issues and concerns as you. Our experienced, professional staff members will be there to guide conversations and provide support.


Get one-on-one coaching sessions with one of our experienced adoption professionals. These coaching sessions can be focused on behavioral struggles, post-adoption depression, learning to connect with your child, and more.


Sometimes you just need some pointers and reminders.  Check out our resources page to find links to articles, services, and providers that may aid you in your adoption journey!

Adoption Support Groups

Support Groups are often a key component of the adoptive family’s journey.  We know that it can be difficult to find people in your local community who share the same needs and desires when it comes to the level of adoption support you want.  That is why we have developed the group component of our ACT program – to bring together people from around the nation who “are in the same boat” so that you can learn, grow, and thrive together in your God-designed adoptive families, with the loving and professional support of our trained staff.

How do Groups Gather and Connect?

Our support groups meet through videoconferencing.  You will be able to log in to a private meeting with a small group of other people led by an America World facilitator.  This can be done from your own home or office on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  You have the ability to share your video so that the others in the group may see you.  This facilitates a more personal interaction using facial expressions and body language.