2020 ABC/AWC News

Registration is NOW Open!!

Annual Business Conference 
April 23 & 24, 2020

ACA World Convention
April 24 (evening), 25 & 26, 2020

The 2020 ABC/AWC will be held at the Renaissance Marriott in Boca Raton, Florida.  You can register for the convention, book a room and purchase meals from the  Convention Website.  The prices for meals and registration will increase as we get closer to the convention.  Registering early will not only save you money, but will also help WSO and the Local Host Committee out tremendously with the planning process.  We can’t wait to see you in Boca Raton!

Vote on the 2020 ABC Ballot Proposals by March 31st.
On January 15th, meetings, Intergroups, and Regions worldwide were sent a mailing with information about the ABC Ballot. This is your group’s opportunity to vote on whether or not you believe the submitted Proposals that will be included merit discussion at the upcoming Annual Business Conference. More information will also be available at that time on the ABC Ballot Prep Committee page of the acawso.org website. Any questions may be emailed to [email protected].

Each Meeting and Intergroup Designates a Delegate
All Delegates, whether in attendance or remote, must register first at acaworldconvention.org. 

The business of the WSO is conducted at the ABC primarily by the Delegates, who are chosen by their group to be their representative. Some information about becoming a Delegate – the role and responsibilities – may be found on the  Delegate Training Page. This page will be updated periodically, so refer back, as needed.
ABC Offers Remote Voting
Prior to the 2019 ABC, the only Delegates who were able to participate and vote at the Annual Business Conference were those who could afford the time and expense of physically attending. Once again, this April, Delegates directly representing a meeting or Intergroup will be able to have a voice, and a vote, on the matters brought before the conference.
Trainings, and opportunities for questions and answers, will be available in the weeks leading up to the ABC. As mentioned above, all delegates may find pertinent information on the Delegate Training Page.

WSO News

Latest ComLine Released
The 1st Quarter ComLine was released in January.  Visit the ComLine Page to read articles by adult children, from around the Fellowship, sharing their Experience, Strength and Hope!
Delegate Training Subcommittee
We’re developing Tradition skits.  We currently have some audio only versions and would like to add animation.  If you have skills with animation and would be willing to offer service with the skits, please send an email to [email protected].  Some skits are already available for download on the Service Website.

WSO Information Technology
We’re asking each group, intergroup and region to verify/update their contact information.  

Public Contact:  Name, phone number and/or email will be shown on the website.  We ask that public email addresses be generic (i.e. no last names) in keeping with Tradition 11.

Primary and Secondary Contacts:  These names and contact information are used only to conduct WSO business.  This may include sending emails individually or to all contacts via MailChimp (our email distribution platform).

Details on how to update/verify group information can be found at the following links: Update a Meeting or Update an Intergroup.  If further help is needed, please send an email to [email protected].

Service Network Committee
The Service Network Committee is developing ACA service documents. We are asking members to consider volunteering and sharing their experience, strength, and hope with us.  We would like input and collaboration from our Regions, Intergroups, Meetings, and members. Improving ACA’s service documents (Literature, trifolds, best practices, etc.) will contribute to the growth of our Fellowship’s service network.  Click here for more information 

Resource Spotlight

Tent Card Addressing Predatory Behavior is Available
A new Addressing Predatory Behavior Tent Card, intended to safeguard meeting safety, is available on the Free Literature page, just below the Trifolds.  Groups are encouraged to post this card in meetings, and to provide feedback on its effectiveness in protecting individuals and meetings from predatory behavior. 

Fellowship feedback about the Tent Card is sought on or before November 30, 2020.  Comments should be sent to [email protected].  Additional details about this project are available in this fellowship announcement letter

Featured Meetings and Events

Embracing the Inner Child
February 28 – March 1st — Scotland
Event Flyer

Valentines Day Telephone Meeting Marathon
Friday, February 14th
Click Here for Meeting Information

Emotional Sobriety Workshop – Southeast Florida IG650
Saturday, February 29 — 1pm til 3pm — Lauderdale by the Sea, FL
Event Flyer

“The Problem is Me” Recovery Weekend
March 13 – 15, 2020 — Bloomingdale, NJ
Event Website

2020 Annual Business Conference (ABC) & ACA World Convention (AWC)
April 23 – 26, 2020 — Boca Raton, FL
Event Website

See More Events

Submit Your Event

Meetings – ACA WSO maintains a World Meeting List of registered ACA meetings that take place in person, over the phone or online, which is updated monthly. Visit the Find a Meeting page on adultchildren.org to search for a meeting, or for more detail on specific meeting types, visit the MeetingPhone, and Online meeting information pages.

WSO Board of Trustees Teleconference
The ACA WSO Board holds its monthly teleconference meeting on the second Saturday, of each month, using Zoom, at 2pm Eastern Time. For more information, including agendas, previous minutes, the Zoom meeting ID, and telephone access numbers, please visit the ACAWSO.ORG website.

Twelve Concepts of Service – Concept #2

“Authority for the active maintenance of our world services is hereby delegated to the actual voice, the effective conscience for our whole fellowship.”  You can find the 12 Concepts of Service here.

7th Tradition

ACA WSO is grateful for your contributions that help us do that vital work. Check out our flyer titled “Where the Money Goes” to see how we utilize your contributions to carry the ACA message around the world. Please consider making a monetary contribution to help the next ACA receive the gift of recovery.  Contributions can be made online, by calling at 562-595-7831, or by mail payable to ACA WSO, 1458 E 33rd Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755.

ComLINE – Adult Children Sharing Experience, Strength, and Hope

The ComLINE is a quarterly publication from ACA WSO where members from throughout the fellowship share their experience, strength, and hope on the 12 Steps, Traditions and Promises.  View current and back issues here.

Daily Meditation Emails

ACA WSO also publishes a daily email with the Meditation of the Day from the book “Strengthening My Recovery”.  You can sign up to receive the meditation email here.  You will need to sign up for this separately from The Traveler Newsletter email.

Traveler Submissions

The Traveler Newsletter is an email publication, scheduled to be released at the beginning of each month, which highlights ACA service news and events.  If your service committee, intergroup, region, or group would like to submit news to The Traveler, please visit The Traveler page for more details.

About Adult Children of Alcoholics

ACA is a worldwide 12 Step / 12 Tradition program of recovery dedicated to people who were raised in dysfunctional families. ACA does not seek to assign blame to parents or caretakers, but we seek to understand the reality of how family dysfunctions affected us as children and still affects our adult behavior today.

Family dysfunction can include alcoholism, abandonment, neglect, or any type of addiction or abuse. ACA is synonymous with ACoA  & Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families.

For more information visit: www.adultchildren.org