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“There could easily be 300 million adult children in the world, so the work ahead remains steady. But we make progress each day.”


  • “The purpose of service in ACA is to support one another in becoming responsible for our own well-being.”
  • “Our feelings of self-worth and adequacy start to grow as we successfully re-parent ourselves, and we begin to trust our ability to love and serve others. We give service just by being present to support and encourage other members of the program as they make the transition from frightened adult children to whole human beings who are capable of acting with the spontaneity of a child and the wisdom of a mature adult. This central concept underlies and supports all forms of service. …by uniting in service, we create a program for living which provides a sane alternative to the insanity of family alcoholism.”
  • “Starting a new meeting requires determination and work, but the reward of watching others find the ACA way of life is worth it.”
  • “There is great joy awaiting you to watch a frightened or foggy newcomer attend his or her first meeting and watch that person open up.”
  • FAQ how to start a meeting
  • Step by step guidelines for starting a meeting
  • Register a meeting
  • Helpful literature for a new meeting
  • Intergroups that are close to me that might help
  • Sample Meeting Format
  • Is there some guidance about being a healthy trusted servant?
  • I’m treasurer, what do I do?
  • How do we do business meetings?
  • Other than the Traditions is there something else we should know?
  • How can we make sure we’re a healthy group?
  • Is there something in depth we can read about crosstalk?
  • How do we let the public know we’re here?
  • We’d like to reach out in our community
  • When a person registers a meeting, s/he submits the registration form and agrees to the following:In submitting this form, I certify the following to be true:“our ACA meeting agrees to follow the ACA 12 Steps and 12 Traditions to the best of our ability. Our ACA meeting is not affiliated with any outside organization or established religion. I am authorized to act on behalf of this ACA meeting in submitting this form, and that all the information provided is correct to the best of my knowledge.”
  • The Handbook portion of our fellowship text (p. 559) gives full assistance for starting a meeting including a format you can use to conduct a meeting.