There are a few organizations in the United States that provide resources to birth mothers. Many birth parents feel incredibly isolated during both the adoption process and grieving processes. The following groups provide a variety of services which can help women connect with other birth parents and find the support they need. If you learn of other resources we’d love to hear from you so we can add them to our list:
On Your Feet Foundation of Northern California (OYFF)
This organization empowers, unites, and supports women who have placed a child for adoption. OYFF holds a variety of social events throughout the year, including a birth mother mother’s day celebration and annual fundraising gala. Visit their website to learn more about their birth mother retreats (free to attendees) and opportunities for educational and counseling grants. Megan Cohen is a board member of OYFF.
Birthmom Buds was started by two birth mothers over 10 years ago. Their mentorship program matches an expectant mother with a birth mother. Through this relationship, the expectant mother receives support and comradery from a woman who’s been there. They have several other programs including The Buddy System (pairs birthmothers with another birthmother of similar adoption types for friendship and healing), Retreat, and private birth mother-only forums.
Private and Public Facebook Pages
If you do a quick search on Facebook, you will find a few public support pages. Join one or more of these, and you will likely receive an invitation to join private groups as well. You can check out my Facebook page here.
Concerned United Birth Parents (CUB)
This organization offers retreats and local support groups. They provide educational opportunities to those who are coping with issues related to adoption. They provide support and community and other resources.