Birth Parent Support
Birth Mother Support Group
Our Birth Mother Support Group provides a safe and supportive environment to help with the complexities that are often part of the adoption experience. The meetings are open to birth mothers connected by the lifelong journey of adoption and are an opportunity for birth mothers to encourage one another in their healing process through discussion and interaction. We invite you to join this group of women, who are at different places on the same journey, to give and receive understanding and support.
Meetings take place virtually every first Wednesday of the month at 7-9 pm ET.
Birth Parents Support
Birth parents are also highly encouraged to attend monthly General Discussion Meetings where you will have an opportunity to share your journey and gain the perspective of others in the adoption constellation. Please join us for these powerful peer support opportunities.
Birth parents who are interested in our Birth Mother Support Group or searching for their adult child are encouraged to contact Traci Onders, Search Specialist, Adult Adoptees, Birth Parents & DNA Discoveries, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 482-2323. Find out more about our Search & DNA Assistance and reunion support.
Birth Mother's Ceremony
Additionally, Adoption Network Cleveland has, each year since 1993, hosted a Birth Mother's Ceremony. The ceremony honors and recognizes women whose children were placed for adoption. Birth Mothers plan and lead the ceremony and share poetry, music, and other readings. Family and friends of birthmothers are welcome to attend. The event is welcome to the public.
Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the 2021 Birth Mother’s Ceremony was transformed into a week-long, virtual sharing of birth mothers’ art, songs, photos, poetry, and reflections. From May 2-8, 2021, we posted creative works and resources, reflecting the unique birth mother experience. The collection can be found HERE.