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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.

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    "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 part of our Ethics in Adoption series, we discuss the practice of moving expectant mothers as an adoption practice, separating them from the support of their family and friends, and why that should matter to potential adoptive parents.

Today is Juneteenth, and while many celebrate this day with cookouts, cultural events, and family traditions, the holiday also serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggles for freedom, justice, and equality faced by Black Americans in the United States. Today, Torie Dimartile unpacks why it is critically important that everyone who works in adoption - including social workers, agency employees, and post-placement services - understand the historical injustices and present-day biases within the medical system that can significantly impact Black women’s reproductive choices and maternal health.

We were honored to host the authors of Adoption Unfiltered to the Chicagoland area in February, as part of their book tour. The recording of that panel session will be available on Activism in Adoption this month, and while we wait, we are sharing a conversation Sara Easterly, one of the book's authors had with Torie DiMartile of Wreckage and Wonder, who has lent her expertise to Activism in Adoption for 2024.

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