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

Contacts:
Karla Meyer (Eau Claire): 715-832-6644 ext. 1509, kmeyer@cclse.org
Magen Duffy (La Crosse): 608-782-0710 ext. 1223, mduffy@cclse.org
Website: parc.cclse.org

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 (creppe@cclse.org) and she can add you to the group, as it is not searchable on Facebook to respect the privacy of members.

Contacts:

Jessica Wright: (608)826-8015, jwright@ccmadison.org

Judi Hoang: (608)826-8009, postadoption@ccmadison.org

Website: parcsouthernwi.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

Contact: Jeri
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/150583321694007
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
Phone: 219-765-9927
Area: Elkhorn/East Troy

This group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Elkhorn Library.

Birth Mother Retreat

Contact: Jessica St. Martin-Trejo
Phone: 414-771-2881 or 414-573-5899
Email: childwelfare@ccmke.org

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

Contact: Angie Flannery
Phone: 920-499-2787
Email: angie@adoptionchoiceinc.org
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/568600779868655/ 

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)

Website: http://cubirthparents.org/
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.

BirthMom Buds

Website: http://birthmombuds.com/
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.

Rise Magazine

Website: http://www.risemagazine.org/
Stories by parents facing involvement with the child welfare system.

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