Adoption Mentoring Partnership

The Adoption Mentoring Partnership (AMP) program is a collaboration between the Rudd Adoption Research Program in the Psychology and Brain Sciences Department at UMass, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County. This unique program seeks to match UMass students who are adopted with children in the community who are also adopted. Matched across a variety of factors, the mentors and the children are able to form friendships grounded in the similarities between them including their gender, race, ethnicity, and adoption story. By providing a same-gender, same-race mentor for adopted children, the mentors become not only friends, but role models as well. The mentors meet as a cohort biweekly throughout the year and discuss adoption related articles and issues. The program is always seeking new mentors! One parent of a "little" reflected, "I did not anticipate how meaningful this relationship would become to my daughter. It gives me peace of mind to know that daughter has a positive role model in her life who is also adopted."

Program Type: 

Course Name and Number: 

PSY 396A

Impact Area: 

Program Impact Region: 

Program Participation: 

Program identifies community participants.

Program Start (and End Dates): 

September 1, 2010 to January 1, 2020

Partner(s): 

Renee Moss
Big Brothers Big Sisters
70 Boltwood Walk
Amherst, MA 01002
United States

Program Director: 

Hal Grotevant

Program Director's Email Address: 

Program Contact: 

Jen Dolan

Contact Email: 

UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes: 

College of Natural Sciences/Psychology

Organizational elements: 

Student Involvement: 

No

This Project Receives External Funding: 

No

Assessment Mechanism: 

Yes
Scholarly Product Type: 
Report