At BraveLove, we like connecting birth mothers because we see how important it is for a birth mom to not walk alone during her adoption journey. But sometimes it's hard to know how to actually meet other birth moms. Here are some ideas on ways to connect:
Support groups & retreats:
This is a guaranteed way to meet other women who have placed a child for adoption. Check out this list of birth parent post-adoption support groups and retreats. We’ve vetted these, but encourage you to check them out too. Every person is different, which is why we’ve created this diverse list. We plan to expand this directory over time with more details and groups in order to provide plenty of resource options for birth parents nationwide. (Map view here.)
If you know of a birth parent support group or retreat or online group not listed, email email@example.com. We’d love to learn more about them.
Every spring and fall, BraveLove hosts birth mom dinners in select cities. (All the details about the dinners are here.) If you're interested in learning more about hosting a dinner, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to consider you as a future host.
If you don't want to host, but you really want a dinner in your area, request your city below in the Comments section.
Plan a meet-up:
Pick a date and then plan something simple and informal like coffee, ice cream or even meeting at the park. Take a friend for safety reasons and so you don't have to be alone.
Use social media to get the word out. Post something as simple as "Any Austin birth moms want to meet for coffee this Saturday? Message me for details."
We're happy to help you get the word out too! Just tell us when and where.
Keep your eyes and ears open for local adoption events in your area. We do our best to update our event calendar, but we can't catch it all.
Obviously, this is the most immediate way to connect with birth moms. We've seen it be really valuable. (But we're always a fan of the face-to-face too!) There are lots of different groups and forums out there so we're going to let you comment on your favorites down below.
Let's share the ideas and suggestions...
Got a favorite Facebook group or online forum you'd recommend? Comment below!
Want to meet another birth mom in your area, comment below.
Know about an upcoming event, comment below so we can help spread the word.