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Twenty years ago, our founders recognized the importance of post-placement care for birthparents. Today, On Your Feet Foundation is recognized as the leader in comprehensive post-placement support for birthparents, a demographic that has historically been under-served within the adoption community. We do this through case management, access to adoption-competent therapy, therapeutic retreats, education and counseling grants, adoption education and community-building. Learn more and find support.

  • Retreats held since 2005


  • Grants Awarded Since 2015


  • Dollars Awarded since 2015


  • Birthparents Accessing Services in 2021


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A brief history of National Adoption Awareness Month: how we got here, whose voices have traditionally been missing from discussions surrounding adoption, and how a group of adoptees, led by Rosita González, began using their collective voices online to tell their stories and advocate for change.

Isaac Etter, the founder of Identity and Etter Consulting, joins us today to talk about our upcoming film screening, Reckoning With The Primal Wound, where he will be co-hosting a Q&A after the film, with filmmaker Autumn Sansom. We had the opportunity to catch up, find out what Isaac is working on now, get the inside scoop on his new docu-series, and get his reaction to both the film, and the pushback the book The Primal Wound has received.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Autumn Sansom, who, along with her biological mother, Jill Hawkins, Ph.D., produced the feature-length documentary, Reckoning With The Primal Wound, a film that reckons with both relinquishment trauma and the cultural phenomenon of Nancy Verrier’s landmark book, The Primal Wound. Autumn walks us through how the film came to be, taking us on a deep-dive into how she came to make the film, what surprised her afterward, and how she hopes the film can help other adopted people.

Thank you for recognizing the importance of post-placement support: