birth mother resources

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Dear Expectant Mother,
Legal representation is just one of the many factors in supporting your decision of adoption. We’ve done our best to compile a hand-picked list of trustworthy resources to connect you with support groups and individuals who are on this journey with you, or who just want to listen, support, and encourage you.

Certified Therapists
  1. Robyn Harrod, MSW, LCSW
    Number: (213) 262-5523
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  2. Michelle Harwell, LMFT
    Number: (626) 382-8005
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  3. Jessica Foster, LMFT
    Number: (714) 868-5955
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  4. Lesli Johnson, LMFT
    Number: (310) 614-1867
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  5. Erin Mason, LCSW
    Number: (818) 209-7573
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Birth Mother Coach
  1. Michelle Dettman, Certified Life Coach
    Founder and Director of Adoption Center of Hope
    Number: (951) 304-0888
    Website Link:
Options Counseling and Other Support and Medical Services
  1. Claris Health
    Locations: West LA & Inglewood, CA
    Description: Claris Health is your first stop if…you have questions about an unintended pregnancy, if you want to get tested for an STD/STI, if there’s uncertainty around all of your pregnancy or sexual health options, and/or if you’re searching for quality care in Los Angeles. Claris Health provides medical, counseling, and mentoring support.
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    Number: West LA—(310) 268-8400; Inglewood—(323) 299-9977
  2. Obria Medical Clinics
    Locations: Pasadena & Whittier, CA
    Description: Provides confidential services including pregnancy tests and verification’s, obstetrical limited ultrasounds, limited STI testing and different support groups and programs for parenting, post-abortion, etc.
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    Number: Pasadena—(626) 440-9400; Whittier—(562) 902-2273
  3. Los Angeles Pregnancy Services
    Locations: Los Angeles and Huntington Park, CA
    Description: Pregnancy offers excitement and sometimes fear. If you are experiencing a difficult time in your life and are contemplating your options, we are here for you. We have served thousands of women in your situation. You are not alone. All appointments are free and confidential.
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    Number: LA—(213) 382-5643; Huntington Park—(323) 583-5848
Birth Mother Support Groups—National
  1. Three Strands, Inc.
    Description: Three Strands exists to love, serve and lock arms with a birth mom through a community of birth moms, adoptive moms, and older adopted children. They provide a community of support and begin with the delivery of Three Strands Bags to the hospital!
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    Number: (470) 202-8848
  2. Embrace Grace
    Description: Embrace Grace, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single, young women and their families who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy. The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt. The support groups they offer are held in numerous states and can be found on their website.
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    Number: (817) 755-8484
    Currently serving: 42 states and 5 countries
  3. Birthmom Buds
    Description: BMB is an organization and website that provides peer counseling, support, encouragement and friendship to birth moms as well as pregnant women considering adoption.
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    Number: 1 (855) 469-2283
  4. Concerned United Birth Parents
    Description: CUB is the only national organization focused on birth parents healing through retreats, support groups, and adoption reform.
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    Number: (800) 822-2777
  5. Brave Love
    Description: Brave Love is a national, not-for-profit public charity organization that exists to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative and hopeful communication that conveys the bravery of birth mothers. They believe birth mothers are heroes and adoption can be a beautiful thing. The website offers support through adoption education and numerous video testimonials.
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    Support Groups currently located in: OK, AZ, AL, TX, PA, KS, VA
Birth Mother Support Groups—State/Region Specific
Midwest Region:
  1. On Your Feet Foundation – Evanston, Illinois (Midwest Branch)
    Description: OYFF honors and values the choice birth parents have made to place their children for adoption, helps birth parents to become self-sufficient, and provides monetary support and community after placement. You can apply for assistance through their website.
    Website Link:
    Number: (224) 858-6933
Western Region:
  1. On Your Feet Foundation – Northern California
    Description: OYFF honors and values the choice birth parents have made to place their children for adoption, helps birth parents to become self-sufficient, and provides monetary support and community after placement. You can apply for assistance through their website.
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    Number: (415) 513-5010
  1. Birthmom Buds – Annual Retreat
    Description: Each year, BirthMom Buds hosts an annual retreat just for birth moms. Our retreat weekend is an amazing time to bond with other birth mothers. There are lots of opportunities to share your story with other birth mothers but there is also some structured time for breakout sessions, speakers from the adoption triad, a candle light ceremony, and more!
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  2. Concerned United Birth Parents
    Description: The CUB Retreat is a unique experience for birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents and others affected by adoption. There are always interesting and insightful speakers, both professional and those speaking from the heart about their own experiences with adoption. There will be great entertainment and lots of laughs as well as tears. If you have never met a birth parent, or perhaps never met another birth parent in person, the retreat is a wonderful opportunity to connect in the real world with online friends, and to put a face to words and voices. If you have attended our retreats before, you already know what a healing experience they can be, for all whose lives have been affected by adoption — and how wonderful it is to meet old and new friends.
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Here are some links to several different blogs that we love! All are written by birth mothers who are at different points in their adoption journeys. They have all been there and have experienced the ups and downs and the emotional rollercoaster that is adoption:

  1. Another Choice: A Compassionate Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption
    Author: Jennifer Bliss & Ann Wrixon
    Description: Another Choice is a step-by-step guide to the entire process of placing a child for adoption. It discusses everything you need to know to ensure that you are making the best decision for yourself and your child, including how to find an ethical and empathic adoption provider, how to talk to the birth father about adoption, and how to find the best adoptive family. Most importantly, the authors discuss the emotional journey of placing a child for adoption, and provide real life examples and quotes from women who have already traveled this path so that you know you are not alone.
  2. Reframing Adoption
    Author: Sharon Fox
    Description: This book is dedicated to reframing the role of a birth mother and is designed to provide support, understanding, and information to grieving birth mothers who have given their child up for adoption so that they may move from an emotional loss to a renewed spirit of hope, joy, peace, and contentment. For a mother to gift her child to another family through adoption is a brave action. All adoptions can be grieved in healthy ways. The grief of birth mothers may be magnified by the little contact with their children and the adoptive parents. No matter how the adoption was structured, the birth mother will grieve her loss. The choice for the child should be either gift or guide-by gifting the child to another family or guiding the child by parenting. This is a new choice that is realistic, healthy, and a blessed decision. Think of adoption as a way to “gift” a child through adoption.
  3. The Girl in the Orange Dress
    Author: Margot Starbuck
    Description: “Chosen.” “Special.” Those are the words Margot Starbuck used to describe herself as a child adopted into a loving family. And when her adoptive parents divorced, her dad moved east, and her mom and dad each got remarried, she told herself that she was extra loved, since she had more than two parents and people in different times zones who cared about her. But the word she really believed about herself was rejected. First by her birth parents. Then by her adoptive father when he moved away. Then by her stepfather. Then by her birth father a second time, when she tried to invite him into her life. Most of all, Margot felt rejected by God the Father, who she also suspected could not be trusted.
  4. God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother
    Author: Amy Seek
    Description: This is a mother’s account of her decision to surrender her son in an open adoption and of their relationship over the twelve years that follow. Facing an unplanned pregnancy at twenty-two, Amy Seek and her ex-boyfriend begin an exhaustive search for a family to raise their child. They sift through hundreds of “Dear Birth Mother” letters, craft an extensive questionnaire, and interview numerous potential couples. Despite the immutability of the surrender, it does little to diminish Seek’s newfound feelings of motherhood. Once an ambitious architecture student, she struggles to reconcile her sadness with the hope that she’s done the best for her son, a struggle complicated by her continued, active presence in his life.

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