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Part 2 of our Q & A with April's Activism in Adoption speaker, Nam Holtz, LMSW. Today, we get some excellent advice for parents who have adopted internationally and/or transracially. Tickets are still available for her talk on April 18th.

Today we discuss the importance of connecting birthparents with adoption-competent therapists.

We sit down with Nam Holtz, LMSW, documentary filmmaker, and Korean adult adoptee, to talk about the making of her film, Found in Korea.

A quick recap of Billy Kaplan's talk as part of our Activism in Adoption Speaker Series.

This week we round up a dozen of the adoption triad podcasts we are listening to on a regular basis, and share them with you. But this is by no means a comprehensive list, and we'd love to get recommendations from our community.

Part 2 of Activism in Adoption speaker Billy Kaplan's interview, where we talk about anxiety and pandemic parenting strategy. Tickets are now available for his March 21st talk.

Billy Kaplan our March 21st Activism in Adoption speaker, sits down with us to talk about childhood trauma, therapeutic parenting, and parenting during a global pandemic.

With the help of Brandon Argianas, and Advisory and Technology Implementation Firm Spaulding Ridge, we now have a new database system in place to help us better serve our clients.

Recapping Isaac Etter's Activism in Adoption talk, along with providing links to the many resources he referenced.

Our 2021 Local Love Gift Card Auction was a huge success, thanks to the support of our wonderful community.

Welcoming the two newest members of our Case Management Team.

The Auction site for our 2021 Local Love Gift Card Fundraiser is now open. While bidding won't start until February 14th, bidders can start checking out the auction items now, so that they can plan their bidding strategy!

Part Two of our interview with Activism in Adoption speaker Isaac Etter.

Isaac Etter, our February 21st Activism in Adoption speaker, sits down with us to talk about meaningful ways white adoptive parents can better support and nurture their non-white kids.

A quick recap of Hope O Baker's talk at our first Activism in Adoption Speaker Series Session on January 17th, 2021.

We all want to support our local businesses and favorite non-profits, and it's been tough to do that during the past 11 months. But we have a fun collaborative way that you can do both, and maybe score yourself a deal in the process! Please join us for this year's Local Love fundraiser! Donate gift cards to the local businesses that kept your pantry stocked or your spirits up in 2020, and let someone lift their own spirits by bidding on them. Come join us, and have a little fun, support your community, and help us in our mission to provide support and services to birthparents.

People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?

On Your Feet Foundation has a lot happening in the first quarter of 2021, and we can't wait for the New Year to get started! Vision Board events, birthmother retreats, our BirthmomsConnect calls, our new Activism in Adoption speaker series: it's all here in one easy-to-access place so that you don't miss any of it.

Announcing our 2021 Activism in Adoption Speaker Series! Please join us in 2021 as we unpack race, relationships, and resilience in our year-long series, one of the first of it's kind to bring together all sides of the adoption triad so that we may learn from each other and become better advocates in adoption.

On Your Feet Foundation's Executive Director, Alexis Eyler, takes a look back at everything we accomplished in the past year, and how we chose to thrive despite the challenges we faced in 2020.

On Your Feet Foundation honors the choice birth parents have made to place their children for adoption, helps birth parents become self-sufficient, and provides support and community after placement. Your help on #GivingTuesday helps us fulfill that mission every day.

On Your Feet Foundation's Executive Director Alexis Eyler talks about gratitude and giving thanks to our organization's friends, who pulled together in 2020 to help us in our mission to serve birthparents.

Author, advice columnist, TedTalk speaker and birthmother Liz Pryor sits down with us to discuss her memoir, Look at You Now: How Keeping a Teenage Secret Changed My Life Forever.

We are partnered with Amazon Smile! Visit Amazon Smile and designate us as your non-profit, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to us, helping us support birth parents in need.

Final speaker Liz Pryor talks about overcoming shame and judgment at our Activism in Adoption Speaker Series.

While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days.

How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.

Birthmom and Author Hope Baker sits down with us to talk about her book and her journey in life, while offering sage advice on resilience, self-advocacy, and finding your light.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speaks at On Your Feet Foundation's Activism in Adoption Speaker Series, examining the intersection of adoption and race.

On this holiday that usually centers around the scary, consider using it as a force for good.

Evanston photographer Raul Dario Amezquita is partnering with us to help you get the perfect holiday card.

Naperville photographer Jennifer Pedley is partnering with us to help make your holiday cards spectacular.

An interview with Activism in Adoption panelist Kevin Hofmann, whose book, "Growing Up Black in White," chronicles his childhood as a transracial adoptee, and offers a roadmap to white parents raising Black children.

At the Second of Four Sessions in our Activism in Adoption Speaker Series, Cathy Crossno shared her experiences as a birthmother, from pre-placement to today.

There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.

We have re-launched On Your Feet Birthfathers, a private Facebook group for birthfathers who want to connect up with their peers in a safe, supportive environment.

We have partnered with this holiday season. Use code FUNDRAISEONYOURFEET to get 20% off your order and Minted will donate 15% of your order to us!

At the first session of our Activism in Adoption Speaker Series, Pamela Cook shared her origin story with us, and helped us understand how important resiliency is for every member of the adoption triad.

It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the impact they can have in the world by spreading kindness.

Taking a closer look at why adoption education is vitally important for hopeful adoptive parents.

A quick recap of our September birthmother retreat, themed "Surviving and Thriving."

Introducing Cathy Crossno, who will be addressing Navigating Relationships on October 18th, as part of our Activism in Adoption Series.

Introducing Pamela Cook, who will be speaking on the 1st night of our Activism in Adoption Speaker Series.

Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus.

Introducing Liz Pryor, who will be speaking on the 4th and final night of our Activism in Adoption Speaker Series.

There is a quote, “You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself - in your thoughts. Be good to yourself.” During times of stress, like during this pandemic, it can be hard to be good to yourself, especially in your thoughts. In turn, these negative thoughts often create even more stress.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, one of the foremost experts on race in America, will be speaking at our Activism in Adoption Series this October. We took a closer look at some of the tenets of her best-selling book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race."

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking in on others, it’s important for your mental health to practice self-care.

We know how easy it is to feel overwhelmed and out of control, having to shift our focus to helping everyone else, forgetting to take time to take care of ourselves. For that reason, we want to provide as many tools as necessary, to remind, reassure, and encourage everyone that it’s okay to take time to take care of us, especially in times like these.

Registration information for "Activism in Adoption."

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