Activism in Adoption is organized around three key concepts:
Race, Relationships, and Resilience;
centering birthparent and adoptee voices,
which bring nuance and detail that can only come from lived experience.
When we listen to the individuals whose lives are most impacted by adoption, when we allow ourselves to sit in uncomfortable spaces, we learn and we grow, we begin to understand the ethics, and sometimes the lack of ethics in adoption, and we become the change-makers - improving outcomes in adoption for our children, for ourselves as adoptive parents and adoption professionals, and for the birthparents who chose to place their children for adoption.
We are Stronger Together.
"On Your Feet Foundation is one of the most proactive groups I’ve been a part of in the adoption field. Their recent speaker series made a point to honor all those connected to adoption. As an adoptee, I pay very close attention to how others honor adoptees, like myself, as well as birth parents. On Your Feet Foundation makes sure these two very important voices are heard and that is extremely important to me."
Kevin Hofmann, AiA Speaker and panelist
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As we await the Supreme Court decision regarding ICWA, we offer a brief primer for everyone in the adoption constellation on what it is, and why it matters.
Given how critical post-placement birthparent support is for an open adoption to be successful, we have compiled a list of questions for prospective adoptive parents to ask when searching for an agency to work with. The answers to these questions can draw you a roadmap of the kinds of outcomes you might see in your own adoption, depending upon the level and duration of post-placement support your child’s birthparents receive.
An adoptive mother talks candidly about her experiences in the past trying to complete her adoption education requirements, and why Activism in Adoption is so different with regard to how it approaches education, by platforming the voices most often silenced in adoption: birthmothers and adoptees.