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.
For more information contact us at (place “Groups” in the subject line) or call Monday – Friday 8 AM to 6 PM at (757) 563-1600.