Resources for Families

Launchpad for Life

The primary purpose of parenting is to raise fully functional adults who can take care of themselves and make a positive contribution to society.Christine Hammond

The goal of every parent is to launch their children to adulthood successfully. Children need to acquire and practice a wide variety of life and soft skills, in addition to academics, in order to transition from dependence to interdependence to independence with confidence, and become multi-dimensional, engaged, happy adults.

In India, we start to work with youth only at age 18 when they age out of orphanages. At that time, the overwhelming emphasis needs to be on immediately equipping them for financial stability. With our children, we have the luxury of starting much earlier to give them a true Launchpad for Life!

AFEC parents have developed Launchpad for Life, not as professionals but as fellow travelers on the parenting journey. The goal is to create a strong, supportive, active, community, focused on celebrating children for who they are, and helping them identify and build on their capabilities to become the best person they can be.

FreeFlight, Launchpad for Life’s flagship program, is a parent/child club that equips middle and high-schoolers to transition to adulthood and independence with confidence. If you have a child in the appropriate grades, you can find out more about FreeFlight here.

In addition, there are a number of informational resources, useful in the journey from dependence to interdependence to independence. This is an attempt to capture the “collective wisdom of the crowd”, so please share the wisdom – submit a post for Voices blog, suggest a topic for the Knowledge Base, sign up to be a Parent Ally, recommend service providers in different geographies or recommend books for the Resource Directory. Please help us maintain this site as a rich resource for families.


FreeFlight is self-discovery program, based on the growth mindset, and on nurturing the whole child, for middle and high school aged children, coming together as a parent/child affinity group.


A blog that gives voice to the personal experiences of parents and youth, on matters big and small, so we realize the universality of our individual experiences.

Knowledge Base

A comprehensive searchable collection of informational articles written by AFEC parents to help other parents. Categories covered are Health Challenges, Learning Challenges, and Emotional Challenges, with an emphasis on what adoptees might face due to adverse early childhood conditions. The Adulting section includes information on helping young teens acquire the myriad skills needed to transition to adulthood.

Parent Ally

A list of parents who have made themselves available as sounding boards for those working through challenges in various areas. Sometimes, all you need is to talk to someone who “gets it”, will listen without judgement and perhaps offer some useful pointers.

Service Providers

A Yelp-like guide to resources and services used by families.

Reference Books and Media

A list of reference books, movies, videos, websites, blogs, and other media that AFEC parents have found useful.

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