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.
2023 MODERATED CALLS:
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 3rd | February 7th | March 7th | April 4th | May 2nd | June 6th
August 8th | September 5th | October 3rd | November 7th | December 5th
*No July Tuesday Call due to 4th of July
Second Thursdays :: 8PM CST | 9PM EST | 6PM PST
January 12th | February 9th | March 9th | April 13th | May 11th | June 8th
July 13th | August 10th | September 14th | October 12th | November 9th | December 14th
Third Sundays :: 7PM CST | 8PM EST | 5PM PST
January 15th | February 19th | March 19th | April 16th | May 21st | June 18th (Father’s Day)
July 16th | August 20th | October 15th | November 19th | December 17th
*No September Sunday Call due to Rosh Hashanah
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).
December 21st | January 18th | February 15th | March 15th | April 19th | May 17th | June 21st
July 19th | August 16th | September 20th | October 19th | November 15th | December 20th