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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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Torie DiMartile sat down with Lori Holden, who co-authored Adoption Unfiltered, with Sara Easterly and Kelsey VanderVliet Ranyard, in advance of the Chicago stop on their book tour. In this post, Lori discusses the book, adoption and lessons learned. This blog post, and their book, is a must read for any adoptive parent!

In celebration of Black History Month, we highlight a few of our favorite podcasters and authors, whose work sits at the intersection of race and adoption, and who provide everyone in the adoption constellation opportunities to learn and grow.

The Birthparent Support Alliance launched in 2022, and we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Molly Berger, MSW, and Pam Brown, from Adoption Center of Illinois, the latest member of the Birthparent Support Alliance in 2024, to learn more about the work they do, and how Adoption Center of Illinois built their own model of adoption that moves past older of ideas of adoptions either being open or closed, and instead builds an entirely new relationship model for everyone in the adoption constellation. We also had the chance to discuss Adoption Center of Illinois’ decision to join the Birthparent Support Alliance, a program designed to help agencies provide the post-placement support birthparents need to heal and thrive.

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