Professionals may initiate the formation of an Al-Anon group provided that the meetings are then conducted by Al-Anon members.
Alateen groups can be started at the suggestion of a professional, however, Alateen groups require adult Alateen Group Sponsors who are active members of Al-Anon Family Groups. Safety and Behavioral Requirements for Alateen are in place in every state and province with procedures for certification of Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service. The minimum requirements include current active attendance and participation in Al-Anon for at least two years, (in addition to any time spent in Alateen), a minimum of 21 years of age and no felony convictions or child abuse charges. Local areas may have additional requirements.
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