Here are some great adoption-related events and support groups around the country. See what's in your area by searching below.
Want to do something to show your support for adoption? If you're in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, participate in this fun 5K Run/Walk that's supporting our friends at Buckner and Gladney.
The Gladney Center for Adoption offers a birth mother support group for any woman who has placed a child for adoption. This special and meaningful group is designed to bring birth mothers together to share their experiences in a safe, nurturing and warm environment. This group meets the 1st Tuesday evening of each month from 7-8:30pm. Other support services include:
- Ongoing clinical services for Gladney birth parents and their families
- Private Facebook group for Gladney birth mothers
- Birth Mother’s Day celebration
- Dinner provided at monthly support group meetings
What other birth moms are saying about this support group...
"Being in this support group has really helped me through my adoption. I have these other women, who know exactly how I’m feeling, to talk to. They have given me great advice whenever I ask for it. They can tell you what they went through and how they handled a certain situation. I would recommend this group because birth moms need other birth moms to talk to. It’s not that they aren’t able to talk to their friends or family, but having someone who knows how you’re feeling and how they have handled a situation can be so helpful. At every meeting I feel like we are one big family. We laugh, we cry, we can be ourselves with each other. This group makes me realize that I made the best decision by choosing adoption." - Brittney
"Support was something I never thought was necessary for me. Being adopted made me think that I could handle being a birth mom without feeling anything but happy. It took me four years to finally step into the birth mom support group at Gladney, but guess what? I was so wrong! Being in the support group washes me with this joy that is overwhelmingly beautiful. Just being around women who share this amazing commonality with me, envelopes me in comfort. To hear the stories of strength, joy, and tears, empowers me and lets me know that I don’t have to face the world alone. At Gladney's support group, even if I don't need to get anything off my chest, it's wonderful to be able to fellowship with such selfless and influential women. Not everyone understands our journey, but when I walk through those doors, they do, and it’s a completely judge free zone to just be myself. Sometimes we just need that support to grow us, and I'm so thankful for Gladney providing that to birth moms just like me." - Katie
To get more information and RSVP, contact Heather.
An open support group for birth mothers, birth fathers, and pregnant women considering adoption. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month providing peer support and counseling.
Adoption Home Study Services of Arizona offers a monthly support group for those who have placed a child for adoption OR those who are considering their options. This group is a safe place to get support and know that you are not alone. It's for any expectant mother considering her options, birth mothers, and a support person of their choice.
The group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. No cost to attend. Additional post-adoption support services include:
- Private Facebook Group for birth mothers only
- Individual support and education through the adoption process
- Outreach opportunities
Every second Tuesday of the month, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita hosts a gathering at the Spiritual Life Center from 6:30-8:00pm. Birth mothers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend this gathering as an opportunity to share your experience and find support. There is no cost to attend this gathering! No RSVP required. Additional post-adoption support services include:
- Private Facebook group for birth moms only
- One-on-one counseling services
- Fall event with birth families and adoptive families
- Annual holiday party
This birthmother support group meets in Fairfax, VA on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. It's an open monthly support group for women of all ages and faiths and there's no cost to attend. It is for birthmothers only. Other available services include:
- Private Facebook Page for Birth Mothers
- One-on-One Counseling
- Annual Birth Mother’s Day Picnic
- Annual Christmas Party
To sign up to attend, contact Sarah or Jaimie.
This community group is for the brave women with a story to share & a glimpse of hope they are longing to encounter.
This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month and is run by a birth mother who placed through Bethany Christian Services. If you're looking for support and encouragement from other birthmothers, come try this out! A counselor from Bethany Christian Services will be on site to support women as needed.
Download the flyer here. If you plan on attending, please call or text Jessica (contact info below).
This monthly birth parent support group offers emotional support for people at all stages of the life-long adoption process. It's an opportunity to connect with other birth parents and share stories. It's facilitated by a licensed adoption professional, who is also a birth mother.
- Free support group
- Family members welcome
- Meetings begin at 5:45 on the third Thursday of every month
A special educational weekend retreat for birthmothers and adoptive mothers.
Retreats are held in Michigan City, Indiana, a resort community on the shores of Lake Michigan. The location is easily accessible by car, by plane to Chicago or Indianapolis airports, Amtrak train or even bus. OYF is happy to assist with arranging transportation to and from the retreat.
On Your Feet For Life were created to give you the opportunity to meet other women who understand exactly what you have been through, learn more about adoption, and most importantly, gain a network of support that extends far beyond the weekend.
For more information about On Your Feet's upcoming retreat, visit their website.
Shared Hearts is a support group open to anyone in the pre-, current, or post-stages of a reunion. Deaconess helps members of a reunion navigate through their experience by sharing stories, answering questions, and providing different perspectives. The group meets on the last Tuesday of every month at Deaconess Adoption Services. Location details down below.
If interested in attending, contact the Search and Reunion Specialist, Kattlyn Richart at 405-949-4200 to set up a pre-appointment to meet and share your story.