PACT provides consultation to clarify issues and to identify options
for complex blended families. PACT assists therapists, private and
public agencies, hospitals, schools, residential treatment centers,
lawyers, judges, educators, clergy, and other support services who
work with these families to identify, understand, and integrate the
developmental issues that are unique to this population.
CFFC offers phone consultations, by senior clinicians and experts
in their field, to families and professionals who wish guidance and
technical assistance on issues regarding adoption, foster care, kinship,
guardianship, and alternative reproductive technologies. To schedule
a consultation, contact CFFC.
The CFFC team also provides ongoing therapy for individuals, couples,
and families who live in the world of adoption.
The group model at CFFC provides trained clinicians to work with people
as they make sense of, and normalize, their own life experience. CFFC
offers many different types of groups, such as long-term, short-term,
and daylong, for all members of the adoption triad (birthparents,
adoptees, and adoptive parents).
The goal of the
group model in the future is to continue to provide groups for all
members of the triad as well as to reach a wider age range. CFFC would
like to expand our groups so that they will reach more children and
PACT provides clinically supervised visitation for families who are
connected with CFFC. Our model is designed to structure interactions
so that the ties that bind children to birth families, foster families,
or other significant people are managed in the best interests of the
child and are encouraged throughout the lives of the children and
Connection: A Fee for Service Network
CFFC realizes the need for more adoption competent professionals.
We have pioneered the creation of a network that allows us to arrange
for consultation and treatment in the greater Boston area and further
afield. Through CFFC we are planning to create a network that will
allow us to arrange for consultation and treatment in the greater
Boston area and further afield. This new and exciting program melds
out expert training courses and the community's needs by providing
excellent clinical services beyond Cambridge and Boston.
What is a Family Group Contribution?
A Family Group Contribution (FGC) is a way for families to bolster
an individual in the family who might be struggling. It’s
a way to establish a supportive frame of reference from which an
individual can further develop their sense of identity. It’s
a way to celebrate a family member. It’s a way to generate
movement when an individual or family feels stuck in an issue. It’s
a way to join and to motivate. It’s a rite of passage. It’s
an opportunity for growth.
Where does the Family Group Contribution come from?
Some may be familiar with FGCs from Project Inclusion ‘Zine
Group, where an FGC was called a Joining and Motivating (JAM) Session.
Having witnessed the powerful impact of JAM Sessions on families
and individuals, and having received praise and gratitude from Jam
Session participants, we at Center For Family Connections (CFFC)
decided to offer JAM Sessions (aka FGCs) as a separate entity from
How do Family Group Contributions work?
In this model, an individual is encouraged to invite important people
in his/her life (e.g. parents, foster parents, coaches, teachers,
kin, guardians, therapists, mentors, extended family) to attend
an FGC. During the FGC—and with the guidance of a CFFC clinician—these
important people illustrate through verbal, written or other expressive
media the individual’s strengths and unique attributes and
what he/she means to them. (Guiding questions may be tailored to
solicit information to address the individual’s needs.) Then,
also with the support of a CFFC clinician, the individual witnesses
the discussion that results from the contributions and has a safe
space in which to process it and grow.
What have other people said about Family Group Contributions?
“A life transforming event.”
“See yourself through the eyes of others.”
“You get your car tuned up every once in a while—why
not your ‘self’?”
How do I arrange a Family Group Contribution for me or for someone
in my family?