The specific purpose for which this corporation is organized is to serve the Fellowship of Adult Children of Alcoholics [and otherwise Dysfunctional
It is in effect an agency created and now designated by that Fellowship to maintain services for those seeking, through Adult Children of Alcoholics [and otherwise Dysfunctional Families*], the means for arresting the emotional disease of family alcoholism.
This is done by sharing information and experiences with one another and by applying to their own lives, in whole or in part, the Twelve steps which constitute the recovery program upon which Alcoholics Anonymous is founded.
Excerpted from the Adult Children of Alcoholics Article of Incorporation, January 12, 1987.**
* The phrase "and otherwise Dysfunctional Families" is not a part of ACA's Articles of incorporation, but has been included in the ACA literature in accordance with the Operating Policies Procedures Manual (OPPM) 2010, pages 19-20 which states in pertinent part, "... the ACA message ... has included "dysfunctional family" language in all literature where practical."
** The ACA WSO was incorporated in January 1987 as the Adult Children of Alcoholics Central Service Board, subsequently amended in March 1992 as the Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (ACA WSO)