If you have made an adoption plan for your child, you might have feelings or questions that only other birth parents may be able to answer. The following are some support groups for you to connect with.
(Last updated August 30, 2018)
Catholic Charities Birth Parent Support Group
Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center (PARC) offers in-person birth parent support groups in Eau Claire and La Crosse for all birth mothers and birth fathers who have placed a child or are considering placing a child for adoption. This group is an opportunity for you to meet other birth parents, hear their stories, share your own, and feel supported. The groups meet about every other month–information on upcoming meeting dates and locations can be found online. If you know of other birth parents who would like to come please pass along this information. Feel free to bring a support person if you would like. Open to all birth parents regardless of agency used. Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center (PARC) also hosts a Facebook group for anyone who has ever had a child placed for adoption. To join, you need to email Christy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she can add you to the group, as it is not searchable on Facebook to respect the privacy of members.
Jessica Wright: (608)826-8015, email@example.com
Judi Hoang: (608)826-8009, firstname.lastname@example.org
This group is a place to meet other birth parents and find understanding and encouragement in a safe, supportive environment. The group is for women who made the choice of adoption for their child. Adoption is a selfless and beautiful choice, but, for birth mothers, we recognize that it can be a journey filled with a variety of emotions. Please join us to meet others who understand your choice and find a safe place to share your story, or just listen and find support from others who have walked in your shoes. Feel free to bring a support person along with you. Dinner provided.
This group is supported and facilitated by: Laura Nedeau-Owen, M-Div, CSW, and Carrie Pedersen, BSW, CSW Certified Grief Support Specialist
Register for the group on our Eventbrite page: http://bit.ly/PARCEvents (meets the first Tuesday of every month 6:30-8:00pm)
Touched By Adoption
County: Eau Claire
A group for anyone touched by adoption, including adult adoptees and birth parents. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every other month, 6:00-8:00 PM in the Eau Claire area.
Healing Hearts Birth Parent Support Group
Contact: Jodi Harris
Area: Elkhorn/East Troy
This group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Elkhorn Library.
Birth Mother Retreat
An annual retreat for birth mothers typically held each spring in Wisconsin Dells. Free to attend event, and scholarships are available to offset travel and lodging expenses.
Adoption Choice Inc. Online Birth Parent Support Group
This is a private Facebook page where birth mothers can ask questions, post comments, or simply just talk about what is going on in their lives. It is completely private and only approved members are able to read, view and post comments.
Concerned United Birthparents, Inc. (CUB)
A national organization focused on birthparents, their experiences, healing, and wisdom. They offer an online forum that is open to anyone who has been touched by adoption to engage in discussion around adoption. In addition, they facilitate an annual retreat and provide links to additional resources.
An organization and website that provides peer counseling, support, encouragement, and friendship to birthmoms as well as pregnant women considering adoption. They have many resources available that include a newsletter, online forum, blog, and annual retreat, among other things.
Stories by parents facing involvement with the child welfare system.
Additional Birth Parent Resources
- Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents
- 5 Things that Helped Me Get Through the Year I Placed My Baby for Adoption
- Birth Parents & Adoptive Parents Support Page (Facebook)
- Educational Scholarships