Post-High School Experience

The Post-High School Experience, for adoptees that are ages 18-25, is offered at HCAF’s 9 adoption camps. Participants benefit from social networking with other adoptees; outdoor and artistic activities focused on relationship building; and workshops built around shared experiences, such as exploring identity and new phases into adulthood. We recognize that experiences related to adoption don’t disappear when a child graduates high school, or has their 18th birthday. Relationships with older adult adoptees, and structured conversations provide essential support. 

“We’ve heard from so many high school graduates who feel they need the continued support that Heritage Camps has offered throughout their childhood and adolescence. Adoptees like myself often realize that the transition into adulthood brings up very different issues, related to things like dating and marriage, or fitting into your cultural and racial group in a new community,” explains Narmada Morris, a Board Member and former camper.

Each camp has its own unique programming, developed by adoptees, for adoptees. 

Camp Dates

The Post-High School Experience is offered at each of our 9 camps. Just click on “Camps” in the menu at the top of our website, and select the camp that corresponds with your birth culture. Camp dates and locations are located on each individual camp webpage, and on the right-hand side of our homepage. 

Post-High School Experience programming occurs on the 2nd full day of each camp. 

Sample Topics

Relationships
Stereotypes in college or workplace – how to recognize and respond
Life transitions – leaving home, getting married, the big purchases, etc.
Connecting to birth family
Homeland tours

Sample Schedule

10 am                           Forming Connections
10:30 am – 12 pm       Outdoor activity, such as hiking, ropes course, canoeing, etc. 
12 pm – 1 pm              Lunch with entire camp
1:00-2:00 pm              Workshop specific to adult adoptees (varies per camp)

Camp fees

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 of adult adoptees 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, and will contact you after you register to discuss details. Additionally, if you want to stay on-site (at the mountain camps) overnight on Friday or Saturday night, we will have lodge rooms available for up to 6 people, at a rate of $148 per room. This will be determined by how many Post-High School participants choose to stay on site.