Safety

The Colorado ACA Intergroup (COACAIG) is providing this Sponsorship tool as a means to connect ACA members primarily within the Colorado ACA fellowship to potential sponsorship resources. Per Tradition 4, the COACAIG serves as an autonomous group and thereby has the autonomy and ability to address members’ behavior within this private media source to protect members, particularly newcomers, and to empower all members of the fellowship to recognize and resist inappropriate behavior, should this occur.

We suggest members participating within this private media source be mindful of predatory behaviors and suggest the following steps:

  1. Leave any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable. You do not need to apologize or explain.
  2. Email TBD@TBD about your concerns.
  3. Talk to your fellow traveler network about your concerns.
  4. Review the ACA “Bill of Rights” (https://acawso.org/2020/02/08/aca-bill-of-rights-in-final-review-process/)
  5. Review the Comline edition “Why We Need to Talk About Predatory Behavior” (https://adultchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Predatory_Behavior_ComLine_Final.pdf)

This Sponsorship site must be a safe place where we remain mindful of each person’s right to choose how they interact and who they interact with. We practice recovery’s spiritual principle of attraction not promotion. We do not use this site to solicit recovery, romance, financial help or opportunities or any other services other than the twelfth step services of sponsorship and step studies. We remain willing to inventory when we may be coming from our own unmet needs as we interact with each other. We do this because we know many of us, particularly newcomers, have not yet learned to feel comfortable saying no or setting boundaries. Therefore we do not solicit or give advice without explicit consent. Hand holding, handshakes, hugs are all optional. “No, thank you” is sufficient. We aren’t perfect. The welcome we give you may not show the warmth we have in our hearts for you. Should you feel uncomfortable or
question the approach of a member please contact TBD@TBD.

We encourage newcomers to take common sense precautions when getting to know fellow ACAs. We suggest meeting in a public place and any other steps you would take when you first meet people. If you have concerns about the approach by or conduct of a member, please discuss it with a fellow traveler and contact TBD@TBD.

We strive to practice anonymity, confidentiality, and respect for others so that this site will be a safe place for each and every adult child.

References

Addressing Inappropriate Behaviors (https://acawso.org/2018/07/27/addressing-inappropriate-behaviors/)
Examples of Group Safety Statements (https://acawso.org/2018/11/12/examples-of-group-safety-statements/)