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Birthmom-to-Birthmom Mentor Program


 

APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2022 MENTORING PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED. APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2023 MENTORING PROGRAM WILL OPEN IN LATE 2022.

 

On Your Feet Foundation's Birthmom-to-Birthmom Mentor Program aims to provide one on one support to birthmothers by birthmothers in the On Your Feet community. In doing so, we will help birthmothers become more comfortable talking about their feelings around their adoption by creating a safe and empathetic space, enable birthmothers to achieve goals within their adoption and become better connected to the On Your Feet community in order to receive ongoing support, fostering a community which shares responsibility in the growth and support of its members.

 

 


Program Participant Expectations Include:

  • Be polite and courteous: Be responsive, but respect boundaries (no middle of the night texts/calls/DMs)

  • Be honest and authentic: the best work is done when you are being your true self

  • Actively engage: Respond to communications in a timely manner

  • Be positive: Share problems and work to identify solutions; avoid focusing on grievances

  • Communicate: bring any issues or concerns to the Program Manager


Birthmom to Birthmom Mentee Application

PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

Please answer all questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The more information you can provide, the better we will be able to pair you with an appropriate mentor.

By submitting this application, you agree to the terms of the program and commit to being an engaged participant. If you are not selected for this session, your application will be held for consideration for a future session. The 2022 Session begins February 15th and ends November 15th.

The number of mentees accepted will depend on how many mentors are available. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please send an email to the Program Manager, Jessica Figlio.

Application Deadline: Applications are not being accepted at this time.

**In order to meet in person, proof of Covid vaccine must be provided.

First Name *
Last Name *
Country
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Name(s) and Birthdate(s) of Child(ren) Placed:
What agency or attorney did you place through?
Is your adoption:
Did you place in a transracial adoption?
What else would you like us to know about your adoption?

Are you currently or have you ever been in therapy?
Do you attend On Your Feet's retreats, calls, or events?
Please decribe your support system:
What are your interests or hobbies?
Do you identify with a religious or spiritual background?

Why are you interested in having a birthmom mentor?
What would you like your mentor to know about you?
Do you have any specific goals for the Mentor Program?
Do you consider yourself someone who takes time to warm up to others or do you open up rather quickly? Be as detailed as possible.
What time zone are you in?
When are you available to meet with your mentor?
What is your preferred method of communication?
Check all that apply.

To be considered for the program, you must agree to the following expectations:

  1. Meet with mentor during agreed time for a minimum of once a month for 9 months
  2. Be reliable and timely
  3. All conversations will be honest, respectful, and confidential 
  4. Any concerns will be brought to the attention of Program lead: jessica@onyourfeetmidwest.org 
Do you agree to the expectations of the program?

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