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Birthparent Services

Application for Assistance

On Your Feet Foundation provides two basic types of assistance: 

  • Mentoring/Community Support: this includes retreats and functions throughout the year; 
  • Case Management & Grants Program: this encompasses assistance in establishing and supporting educational and career goals, budget planning and counseling.

Who Can Receive Assistance from On Your Feet Foundation?

  • Case management/community support is available to any birthparent in an open or closed adoption, in any state, and placed at any time.
  • Financial assistance is available to those who meet the following criteria: 
    • Reside in, or placed a child who resides in Illinois or Indiana.
    • Retreat participants are eligible for grants to attend retreats and for post-retreat counseling regardless of state/country of residence. Currently, our retreats are only offered to birthmothers.
    • Demonstrate financial or emotional need 
      • Supporting documentation may be requested
    • Present a realistic plan for self-sufficiency and personal growth
    • Demonstrate thoughtful consideration of financial needs and opportunities
    • Seek opportunities for supports available through educational institutions and other resources
    • Set goals that are realistic and attainable to move continually toward self-sufficiency
    • Establish a reasonable time frame and request appropriate support over time in their application

Who can apply to On Your Feet Foundation?

To maintain privacy, referrals to “On Your Feet Foundation” must be from:

  • The applicant 
  • An adoption agency
  • The applicant’s parent or legal guardian
  • An adoption attorney

What Type of Assistance Do You Provide?

  • All birthparents enrolled in the program will have a case manager working to network services and find strategies that are long-term and comprehensive.
  • Financial assistance may be provided for school and school-related expenses, interim housing expenses, job counseling and job search-related expenses, interim job-related expenses, such as transportation or child care, and short-term counseling.
  • Applicants are encouraged to identify other needs in addition to the above for consideration by the On Your Feet Foundation. The list above is an example of the types of assistance that will be considered, but you may have a unique need that will be considered.

Are There Any Types of Requests You Do Not Grant?

  • Funds are not intended for crisis or emergency assistance including emergency rent, past due bills/old debt or car repairs/purchases.
  • Funds may not be used for expenses related to pregnancy or adoption.
  • Funds are not intended to replace funds from ongoing programs such as Medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, food stamps, or scholarships, but rather to be an interim or supplemental source of assistance to birth parents.
  • On Your Feet may choose to deny grant requests that involve tuition being paid to for-profit institutions.

How Much Assistance Do You Provide?

  • Grants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The average grant award is <$1,000.

How Are Assistance Decisions Made?

  • On Your Feet Foundation makes decisions based on the financial and emotional needs of the birthparent applicants.
  • The Foundation reviews a completed application and awards grants on an as-needed basis.

How Long Does It Take To Get Assistance?

  • Applicants will be notified within two weeks of submitting a completed application and having an interview with a case manager from On Your Feet Foundation.

Who Receives the Funds?

  • Similar to adoption assistance, funds will be disbursed to the organization actually providing the services to you. For example, test-taking fees would be sent on your behalf by On Your Feet Foundation to the test provider; GED fees would be remitted on your behalf to the institution.

Where do I return the application when completed? 

  • Applications can be completed on our website. If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact one of our case managers:
    • Jennifer at 773-273-9645 for Illinois area
    • Abigail 317-820-9967 for the Indianapolis area
First Name
Last Name
Address Line 1
Postal Code
Marital Status
How did you hear about On Your Feet Foundation?
(Name of Agency/Attorney, Adoption Counselor Name, Phone/Email)

Are you interested in any of the following? Please select yes or no.

Connecting with other birthparents
Locating birthparent support groups
Attending birthparent events
Learning more about OYFF retreats
Finding counseling/therapy services
Learning more about OYFF grants
Learning about substance abuse programs

If you are only interested in our mentoring/community support program, please skip all the way ahead and complete the release of information waiver.

If requesting financial assistance, please continue. Only completed applications will be considered.

Financial Assistance Questionnaire
How many years of school have you completed?
Are you currently employed?
Are you living
Are other adults in your household sharing living costs?
Have you ever been arrested and convicted of a crime?
(This does not mean that you will not be eligible for a grant but is important for us to assess your needs.)
Are you receiving any help from the following sources?
Do you receive:
(Non-family members only). Please provide name, phone number and relationship to you.
Please itemize all costs.

Release of Information

This release does three basic things: it gives us permission to contact your agency, whom we depend on for referrals; it allows us to use your non-identifying information in our statistical analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of our services and to obtain funding from donors; and it enables us to collaborate as a team to provide the best services to you.

I, name entered below, give permission to On Your Feet Foundation to exchange or release information regarding adoption services. I also give permission for On Your Feet Foundation to contact references and the adoption agency that provided services during pregnancy and adoption placement.

I am aware that On Your Feet Foundation is in the process of gathering research data and some of the statistical information gathered may be used for research. I am also aware that signing this release allows my adoption story to be shared in likeness in the On Your Feet Foundation printed materials and/or website/social media pages. No confidential data or identifying information such as names and addresses will be used for this purpose. 

By signing this release, I understand this allows all pertinent On Your Feet Foundation personnel/staff to collaborate on my behalf as a team, to provide the best services deserved to me.

First Name
Last Name

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