Support Group

Matters of the Heart–Greater Philadelphia Area Support Group


“I don’t understand why you want her in your life after going without knowing her all this time,” her husband’s frustration was apparent.  “It’s just not logical,” he finished.

“Matters of the heart are not logical,” came his wife’s reply.

Linda will never forget hearing her first mother speak those wise words.

This moment in time is forever imprinted in the mind and heart of adoption discussion group founder and adult adoptee, Linda Hettinger.  Soon after, her mother’s husband grew to understand the love and dedication of this mother-daughter pair.

“Matters of the Heart” is a discussion group for all adult members of the adoption triad and is co-facilitated by adult adoptees Linda Hettinger and Amanda Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW.  All stories, experiences, and feelings about adoption are welcome.

This group will meet quarterly. Please join us for next meeting at Community of Love Lutheran Church (115 – 117 N. Fourth St., Oxford, PA) . The spring meeting date will be announced soon.

For more information or to register, please call Linda Hettinger at 484-880-9740 or email .

Other Support Resources:

Confidential talkline for pregnancy, parenting, abortion, adoption, & post-abortion support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.
American Adoption Congress
The AAC may be able to locate support groups & counselors in your area.
Concerned United Birthparents
The CUB may be able to locate support groups & counselors in your area.


International Soundex Reunion Registry.’s reunion registry.

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