Adult Adoptees

Adult adoptees (age 18 and older) are encouraged to attend our camps, whether you have been a camper for years, or have never attended camp.

At Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, we place high value on the experiences and perspectives of adoptees. The involvement of adult adoptees are an integral part of us achieving our mission.

Each year, we hear from countless adult adoptees who emphasize the importance of maintaining connections with fellow adoptees and with their cultural community throughout their lives.

This year we are piloting a program for Post High School Adoptees, because no one should ever “age out” of camp. Each camp’s program will be its own, as it is for all ages at every camp. How the programming develops will depend on the number of adult adoptees who register, what ages they are, etc. Most of the dedicated post high school programming will be on the second full day of camp. Programming is being developed with the help of our Adult Adoptee Programming Task Force, made up of adult adoptees at various ages and stages in life. No programming at any camp will be determined without their input, so this is programming for adoptees by adoptees. Outdoor adventures, relevant discussions, some camp volunteer time, and of course socializing are just some of the general ideas for post high school programming.

Additionally, many adult adoptees feel that Heritage Camps is a meaningful way to expose their own children to adoption and to their parent’s culture of birth. For adult adoptees, there will be a discounted camp rate of $100 per adult person for the full camp, or $60 per adult person for one day of camp. Children will attend at the regular camp program rates per day. We will be working with adult adoptees who register as individuals on shared lodging to help keep lodging costs reasonable too, and will contact you after you register about that. 

Volunteer for Camp

Our campers have benefitted from the incredible volunteer engagement of adult adoptees, who not only serve as “cultural/racial mirrors” but also ensure that the perspectives and concerns of adoptees guide our programming. We encourage you to consider becoming a volunteer coordinator.

When you complete HCAF’s volunteer form, please use the “other” area to specify that you are an adult adoptee, as well as whether or not you have attended HCAF in the past.

Be a Camp Counselor

If you are over 18 years of age, you are also welcome to be a camp counselor working directly with the younger adoptees. If you come to camp as a counselor, there will be no charge to you, but there will be a charge for your family to attend. Apply to be a camp counselor.

Just Come to Attend Camp

We encourage you to come and enjoy a camp experience like no other; one that will enrich your life as an adoptee, and as a member of your cultural community. It is never too late to come to camp! You are welcome to register for camp at a reduced rate. Simply select “adult adoptee” when you register!