Here are some great adoption-related events and support groups around the country. See what's in your area by searching 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
The DFW Triad Support Group is not offered as therapy, but rather as a place for understanding, support, and healing for anyone touched by adoption. The group meets on the third Monday of every month.
Attendance at meetings may vary, but will probably range from 6 to 20 members. Most people attending the group are triad members (adoptees, birth parents or adoptive parents), or “significant others.” Triad members are welcome to bring a family member or significant other to the meeting for support. While we will discuss emotional issues related to search and reunion, we will not discuss methods or techniques of searching. Often discussion centers on issues of grief and loss, which for many triad members of closed adoption has been suppressed and delayed. The telling of one's story can be very healing, and helpful to other triad members.
For more information, check out this flyer OR contact DFWTriad@hopecottage.org
This FREE support group is open to the public and meets on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Here's what one birth mom says about this group:
"After a couple years into my adoption sometimes I feel healed, but I get to support group and am reminded of how important it is to share. Just being surrounded by other women who have the same piece of their heart missing is comforting. There is something so beautiful about how different I am to each of them and their stories, yet it is the one time a month that I feel fully supported, understood, heard, and not forgotten in my adoption."
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.
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.
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.
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 2nd Wednesday evening of each month at 6:30pm. Dinner is provided.
To get more information and RSVP, contact Meg. Check out the flyer here.
This group is for birth mothers in the Cape Girardeau area and is hosted by Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri. This group gathers on the second Thursday of every month for dinner at 6pm and then the meeting at 6:30. It's open to the public, but please call Marie at LFCS for details and to RSVP (573-334-5866).
This fall, BraveLove is headed to Houston, Texas! If you're in the area and want to learn more about the social movement changing the perception of adoption, then mark your calendar for our fall fundraiser on September 15th. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to receive an invitation.