Post-Adoption Support for Birth Mothers

 

A Birth Mother’s adoption story doesn’t end when she leaves the hospital or when her consent becomes final. Adoption is a lifelong journey that is just beginning at that point. Immediately following the birth, it’s crucial that she is surrounded by the support of family, friends or another support network. The physical recovery from birth typically takes a couple of weeks, but the emotional recovery is a whole other story. The first few weeks are usually very difficult. Emotions are raw and the feelings of grief experienced are intense. Staying connected to a support system is crucial, but often her tendency is to pull away. It’s not unusual for her to feel jealous toward the adoptive parents.

 

Fortunately, there’s a growing community of post-placement support resources available for birth mothers throughout the U.S. Some of these resources offer online peer support while others hold annual, no-charge retreats especially for birth mothers. Many of these organizations also offer counseling, mentoring, support groups and educational scholarships.

Here is our list*:

 

Lifetime Healing, LLC

    • About: Lifetime Healing LLC is a post placement care network dedicated to not only educating adoption professionals on the importance of lifetime resources and support for women that made the decision to place their child(ren) for adoption, but to also provide concrete tools to help them be successful when providing these services. Through an established and tested national training we hope to bring a vital and missing piece of ethical adoption to the forefront.
    • Owner: Ashley Mitchell (a birth mom)
    • https://lifetimehealingadoption.com/
    • Phone: (801) 477-7292
    • Email: hi@lifetimehealingadoption.com

 

Three Strands, Inc.

    • About: Three Strands exists to love, serve and lock arms with a birth mom through a community of birth moms, adoptive moms, and older adopted children. They provide a community of support and begin with the delivery of Three Strands Bags to the hospital!
    • http://www.threestrandsinc.org
    • Phone: (470) 202-8848
    • Email: threestrandsinfo@gmail.com

 

On Your Feet Foundation (Northern California)

    • OYFF honors and values the choice birth parents have made to place their children for adoption, helps birth parents to become self-sufficient, and provides monetary support and community after placement. Assistance can be applied for on the website.
    • http://oyff.org
    • Phone: (415) 513-5010
    • Email: info@onyourfeetca.org

 

On Your Feet Foundation (Evanston, Illinois – Midwest Branch)

    • OYFF honors and values the choice birth parents have made to place their children for adoption, helps birth parents to become self-sufficient, and provides monetary support and community after placement. Assistance can be applied for on the website.
    • http://oyff.org
    • Phone: (224) 858-6933
    • Email: info@onyourfeetmidwest.org

 

Concerned United Birth Parents

    • About: CUB is the only national organization focused on birth parents healing through retreats, support groups, and adoption reform. CUB serves all those touched by adoption and all who are concerned about adoption issues.  Although the focus is on birthparents, long the forgotten people of the adoption community, they welcome adoptees, adoptive parents, and professionals.
    • Retreats: Each year, CUB hosts a healing retreat for all members of the adoption triad, and all who are interested in learning more about the adoption experience. They usually meet by the shore so there is beauty and space for reflection and rest in between our sessions.
    • http://www.cubirthparents.org
    • Phone: (800) 822-2777

 

BirthMom Buds

    • About: BMB is an organization and website that provides peer counseling, support, encouragement and friendship to birth moms as well as pregnant women considering adoption. BMB offers support through many different means, including: the buddy system, online forums and chat, live/in-person support through three different chapters, an annual retreat and more!
    • http://birthmombuds.com
    • Phone: (855) 469-2283
    • birthmombuds@gmail.com

 

Embrace Grace

    • About: Embrace Grace, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single, young women and their families who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy. The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt. The support groups they offer are held in numerous states and can be found on their website.
    • http://embracegrace.com
    • Phone: (817) 755-8484
    • Email: info@embracegrace.com

 

BraveLove

    • About: BraveLove is a national, not-for-profit public charity organization that exists to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative and hopeful communication that conveys the bravery of birth mothers. They believe birth mothers are heroes and adoption can be a beautiful thing. The website offers support through adoption education and numerous video testimonials.
    • http://bravelove.org
    • Email: info@bravelove.org

 

Linked Thru Love

    • About:For several years, Linked Thru Love has devoted its energy to passionately advocating Birth Moms, in their 3-way connection along with the Child placed and Adoptive Mother, in the world today. The mission and vision of Linked Thru Love is to elevate birth moms beyond guilt and shame to a place of honor by helping them realize their value in the adoption triad.
    • http://www.linkedthrulove.org
    • Phone:(729) 446-8198
    • Currently serving:CO

 

Caring for Birthmothers

    • About: Caring for Birthmothers is a Post-Placement Program that strives to promote a sense of ongoing community, understanding and support tailored to a birthmother’s unique needs after making an adoption plan for their child. Caring for Birthmothers features several opportunities for support and healing; Birth Mother Retreats, Pizza Meet-Ups, and Online Support.
    • http://cfkadopt.org/birth-mother-retreat/
    • Email: info@cfkadopt.org
    • Currently serving: Ohio

 

Heart to Home

    • About: Heart to Home Adoption Agency offers peer counseling and support to birth mothers post-placement. Even though they do not have a support group that meets face-to-face at this time, they do have a private Facebook page where birth parents encourage and support one another. They host events during Christmas time and on Mother’s Day.
    • http://hearttohomeadoptions.net
    • Contact: Leigh Shapiro
    • Email: hearttohomeadopt@gmail.com
    • Currently serving: Lexington, Kentucky

 

Post Adoption Resource Center of Southern Wisconsin

 

Kalamazoo Birth Parents Support Group (Michigan)

    • About: Individual support group for birth mothers in Michigan
    • Phone: (269)324-9987
    • Email: cgraybmom@sbcglobal.net
    • Currently serving: Kalamazoo, MI (And surrounding areas)

 

Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County (Michigan)

 

Adoption Associates

    • About: Individual support group for birth mothers in Michigan
    • Contact: Shelly Nibbelink
    • Phone: (800) 677-2367
    • Email: snibbelink@adoptionassociates.net
    • Currently serving: Michigan

 


*If you know of a Post-Placement Support group or organization that is not listed here, please email us at info@adoptmatch.com so we can add it to our list!

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