Monthly Virtual Birthparent Support Groups
Our BirthmomsConnect support calls are held via Zoom and available to anyone who has given birth to a child, anywhere, no matter their affiliation with On Your Feet Foundation or when they placed. The only requirements to participate are as follows:
1. You gave birth to and placed a child for adoption, and your placement is final.
2. You agree to be respectful at all times.
3. What is said in the group remains in the group.
To participate, please download the Zoom app. Registration is required to join the calls.
Please note: BirthmomsConnect Calls are open to anyone who has given birth to and placed a child for adoption. If you are an adoption professional, social worker, birthfather, or other individual who is interested in learning more about our virtual support groups, please contact Jennifer Adams. Do not register for the calls. This is a safe space and we ask you to be respectful of that.
If you are a birthparent of color, LGBTQIA+ individual, birthfather, or birth family member and are interested in a support call specifically for individuals who share your story and experience, please let us know by sending an email to Jennifer Adams.
On Your Feet Foundation is committed to fostering a community that celebrates the uniquely individual experiences that have brought each of us to adoption. We strive to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive space in order to create a culture of safety and belonging for all of our stakeholders, one in which each voice is valued and heard.
2022 MODERATED CALLS:
Please note the following schedule changes in 2022:
1st Tuesday call is moved 1 hour earlier to 1PM CST; 3rd Saturday call is moved to the 3rd Sunday at 7PM CST.
Open to all birthparents who have given birth to a child, our moderated Zoom Support Calls are held on the first Tuesday, second Thursday and third Saturday of each month.
On Your Feet case management and retreat staff moderate each call and each month has a new theme. Discussion materials will be shared during the month to help enhance each week's call. Birthparents are welcome to join any and all calls no matter their affiliation with On Your Feet or where they live.
First Tuesdays :: 1PM CST | 2PM EST | 11AM PST
January 4th | February 1st | March 1st | April 5th | May 3rd | June 7th
July 5th | August 2nd | September 6th | October 4th | November 1st | December 6th
Second Thursdays :: 8PM CST | 9PM EST | 6PM PST
January 13th | February 10th | March 10th | April 14th | May 12th | June 9th
July 14th | August 11th | September 8th | October 13th | November 10th | December 8th
Third Sundays :: 7PM CST | 8PM EST | 5PM PST
January 16th | February 20th | March 20th | May 15th | June 26th*
July 17th | August 21st | September 18th October 16th | November 20th | December 18th
*Please note, there will not be a call on April 17th as it is Easter Sunday. The June 19th call will be moved to June 26th.
Drop-In Calls :: Thursdays* 8PM CST | 9PM EST | 6PM PST
The 1st, 3rd and 4th Thursday of each month are drop-in-calls, meaning that there is no specific topic being discussed and it is an opportunity for birthparents to connect and talk. Please remember to listen and be respectful of one another. This call may be moderated by an On Your Feet staff member and any concerns will be brought to the attention of Case Management staff.
*Please note, there will not be a drop-in call on Thanksgiving.
Navigating Closed/Reunion Adoptions Support Calls :: 3rd Wednesdays 7PM CST | 8PM EST | 5PM PST
Held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7PM CST and led by birthmom and retreat facilitator Robyn Whitlock, our "Navigating Closed/Reunion Adoptions" call is for birthparents who placed in closed adoptions (reunion is optional).
January 19th | February 16th | March 16th | April 20th | May 19th | June 15th
July 20th | August 17th | September 21st | October 19th | November 16th | December 21st