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 April 2, 2019)
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.
An organization and website that provides peer counseling, support, encouragement, and friendship to birth moms 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.
Birth Mom Missions
An online public Facebook page that provides support for all birth mothers during and after the adoption process.
Birth Mother Retreat
Contact: Jennifer Layton
Phone: 414-771-2881 x4167
An annual retreat for birth mothers typically held each spring in Wisconsin Dells. Free-to-attend event; scholarships are available to offset travel and lodging expenses.
This blog is a good resource for birth mothers considering making an adoption plan and for hopeful adoptive parents, as well.
Birth Parent Support Group
A faith-based support group for birth mothers and fathers who have chosen adoption for their children. Group time includes sharing, processing grief and loss, as well as encouragement. Meetings held every other month at Hales Corners Lutheran Church. Please RSVP to 414-529-6700 if you plan on attending. (See our calendar of events for upcoming meeting dates.)
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.
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.
Stories by parents facing involvement with the child welfare system.
Tied At the Heart
This group is dedicated to providing birth parent support. They work to facilitate healing retreats throughout the United States and believe that no birth parent should feel alone or unsupported in their post permanency placement journey.
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.
Wisconsin Adoption and Permanency Support Program Birth Parent Support Group
Find more details or information by contacting any of the individuals above, referring to the events section of the Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support Facebook page, or by visiting the Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support website.
Additional Birth Parent Resources
- Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents and Relatives
- 5 Things that Helped Me Get Through the Year I Placed My Baby for Adoption
- Birth Parents & Adoptive Parents Support Page (Facebook)
- Educational Scholarships