- Read, download and/or print the free Guidelines for New Meetings brochure.
- If you haven’t already, sign up for The Traveler monthly newsletter to keep up with announcements, news and events from around the ACA fellowship.
- If there is an Intergroup nearby, they can offer support. You can also find other resources directly from other Intergroup websites.
- Get the word out to your community by placing ACA Trifolds (Finding Emotional Sobriety, 25 Questions – Am I an Adult Child, etc) in libraries, with counselors, community bulletin boards, and/or with other 12 Step fellowships (subject to their permission). These and other trifolds can be purchased directly from WSO.
- Register the meeting with WSO.
- The Sample Format can be used, in the beginning, until the group decides to hold a group conscience meeting to make changes.
- The Handbook for Adult Children, starting on page 557 in our fellowship text, also offers assistance and includes a meeting format.
- Make sure your meeting information is current in the WSO Meeting List. Instructions for updating meeting information can be found here.
- Your local Intergroup can be a helpful resource as well as help your group save money on literature. You can search the Intergroup Listing. If there currently isn’t an Intergroup is in your area, consider forming an Intergroup with other meetings. You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for help with this.
- The Conducting a Business Meeting trifold can help with business meeting ideas.
- The Crosstalk and Good Enough Group booklets can provide helpful insights on keeping the meeting safe and healthy.
- Take a look at the Best Practices page to find more ideas for keeping the meeting safe and healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there some guidance about being a healthy trusted servant?
Along with Tradition Two, the 12 Concepts and Suggested Commitment to Service can provide guidance. The fellowship also recommends reaching out to other members in service who may share their Experience, Strength, and Hope. We are not alone.
I'm treasurer, what do I do?
Reading the Suggested ACA Banking/Accounting Procedure trifold is a good place to start.
How can we make sure we're a healthy group?
Is there something in depth we can read about crosstalk?
The Crosstalk bookletis a great place to start the discussion.
Where should we hold our meeting?
ACA groups choose to hold their meetings are in different locations, depending on local availability, group size and resources. Some examples are community buildings, churches, libraries, schools, “club houses” that belong to other 12 step fellowships, etc.