Together as Adoptive Parents, Inc. (TAP) is a grassroots, non-profit, multi-racial adoptive, foster and kinship parent support group based in Montgomery County Pennsylvania. TAP is governed by its board of directors.
TAP was founded by Derek and Phyllis Stevens in 1988. Derek and Phyllis have one birth son and five children adopted througjh the foster care system. Since 1988 TAP’s focus has been to provide support and resources to the adoptive, foster and kinship community. The majority of our members have adopted children with special needs from the foster care system.
Several years ago TAP decided that one of the major problems faced by families in crisis was accessing the resources they need. Most families do not know what help is available and have no easy way to locate help. In 1999 we developed a statewide web site Taplink www.taplink.org. The web site is dedicated to providing detailed information to adoptive, foster and kinship parents in Pennsylvania about supports, resources, and services that are available in their community. Taplink bring together local resources from across the state into one central accessible website.
We operate a helpline that is available to families 10 hours a day. Our newsletter Taproot goes out to hundreds of families via mail, email and our website.
We host monthly support group meetings, provide 6 trainings a year for families and host a conference in November to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month. We also host social activities for our families throughout the year.
For our new members (or anyone who calls) we give them the opportunity to join our Buddy Program. This is where we match a new parent with an experienced parent.
TAP teaches families how to advocate for their children. We believe that not to be an advocate is to settle for injustice.
Our goal is to surround each child and youth with a safe and loving home, whose parents have the tools and knowledge they need to parent children that have experienced so much trauma.