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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

    56

  • Grants Awarded Since 2015

    161

  • Dollars Awarded since 2015

    $70935

  • Birthparents Accessing Services since 2015

    994

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This week, Torie sits down with Patrick Armstrong, our upcoming Activism in Adoption speaker, to unpack the Adoptee Consciousness Model, what is was like to travel back to Korea as a Korean adoptee, and the importance of getting out of our individual adoption silos and working together in order to improve outcomes for adoptees.

Part II of our conversation with Laura Engel to talk about her book, "You'll Forget This Ever Happened: Secrets, Shame, and Adoption in the 1960s" about her experiences as a teenager, shipped off to a maternity home to give birth during the Summer of Love. This week we talk about the burden of emotional labor, women's lack of agency in the 1960s, what it was like to stop holding this secret in and start telling the world about her experience as a pregnant teenager, and about her first-born son and their reunion after nearly 50 years apart.

When we think back to the 60s, we often think of the counterculture movement - hippies, and freelove, and equality - but in the shadows sat a different world, as unmarried pregnant women were sent away in secrecy to maternity homes, told to give birth, leave their baby behind for adoption, and forget any of it ever happened. Today we sit down with Laura Engel to talk about her book, "You'll Forget This Ever Happened: Secrets, Shame, and Adoption in the 1960s" about her experiences as a teenager, shipped off to a maternity home to give birth during the Summer of Love.

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