Birth Family Care

If we are to truly get to the root of the orphan crisis, we must address and care for families and their children. To only care for children is putting a bandaid on a much deeper issue, and can even promote unethical adoption practices.

But how do you care for birth families? How do you help adults so that they are able to parent their children in a safe environment?
The Archibald Project is here to give you researched information on ways to ethically get involved in all things orphan care and this page will specifically plug you in to supporting birth families.

Below you will find stories from brave birth families, ethical organizations to get involved with, and videos of birth family care to inspire and educate you on why caring for birth families will make a huge dent in ending the orphan crisis. 

Join this movement with us.


Come along and read these powerful stories from birth families themselves. Open up your mind to their perspective – broaden your view of family!  

Come along and read these powerful stories from birth families themselves. Open up your mind to their perspective – broaden your view of family!
 

Click the link to see organizations around the country and world that are caring for birth families post-adoption. Read about them and get involved!

Click the link to see organizations around the country and world that are caring for birth families post-adoption. Read about them and get involved!

See birth family care in action through these videos and podcasts. The cycle of the orphan crisis can stop by starting to care for birth moms and dads.

See birth family care in action through these videos and podcasts. The cycle of the orphan crisis can stop by starting to care for birth moms and dads.


BIRTH FAMILY STORIES

Cannille Turner "I want the world to know that as a birth mom, I would never give up on my sweet Beloved. I wanted her more than anything in the world, & because of the amount of love & care I have for her, I wanted the best for her & I am proud to say that I have given that to her. I never gave up; I simply gave her more."

Cannille Turner

"I want the world to know that as a birth mom, I would never give up on my sweet Beloved. I wanted her more than anything in the world, & because of the amount of love & care I have for her, I wanted the best for her & I am proud to say that I have given that to her. I never gave up; I simply gave her more."

Anonymous Birth Mother "I want to encourage adoptive families out there to be open to their children’s birth families. Don’t be afraid to share real and raw emotions together. Let your birth mom know that you care about her and how thankful you are for the opportunity to parent her child." 

Anonymous Birth Mother

"I want to encourage adoptive families out there to be open to their children’s birth families. Don’t be afraid to share real and raw emotions together. Let your birth mom know that you care about her and how thankful you are for the opportunity to parent her child." 

Padre J. "It's an awesome feeling to be accepted by the family chosen to parent your birth child. Because not only does my daughter have her parents, but she also has her birthparents. I want the world to know that Birth families are still family and important in a child's life."

Padre J.

"It's an awesome feeling to be accepted by the family chosen to parent your birth child. Because not only does my daughter have her parents, but she also has her birthparents. I want the world to know that Birth families are still family and important in a child's life."

Ashley "You can forgive yourself, you can allow yourself happiness and joy. You don’t have to punish yourself over and over. You can find hope in a life after placement. You were never meant to stay stuck and don’t let this experience keep you from living up to your true potential. YOU ARE WORTH MORE!" 

Ashley

"You can forgive yourself, you can allow yourself happiness and joy. You don’t have to punish yourself over and over. You can find hope in a life after placement. You were never meant to stay stuck and don’t let this experience keep you from living up to your true potential. YOU ARE WORTH MORE!" 

Leanne "If I could give adoptive parents advise for loving their children’s birth parents it would be to keep them in your life, there will come a time when your child may struggle. If you have the Birth parent in your life, on some level, you might have a better insight on personality wise or medically."

Leanne

"If I could give adoptive parents advise for loving their children’s birth parents it would be to keep them in your life, there will come a time when your child may struggle. If you have the Birth parent in your life, on some level, you might have a better insight on personality wise or medically."

Lauren "Just because a birthmother chooses adoption doesn’t mean that child was unwanted. I would have done ANYTHING to change my circumstances so I’d have been able to parent. This was never something we WANTED to do. A birthmother does not settle on adoption lightly."

Lauren

"Just because a birthmother chooses adoption doesn’t mean that child was unwanted. I would have done ANYTHING to change my circumstances so I’d have been able to parent. This was never something we WANTED to do. A birthmother does not settle on adoption lightly."

Callie Jett "I would like to see unfair stereotypes disappear. False ideologies, such as “Birth Mothers do not want their child,” or “Birth Mothers gave their child away.” These unfair or false stereotypes are created by our culture and society who are not familiar or knowledgeable with this type of act of love."

Callie Jett

"I would like to see unfair stereotypes disappear. False ideologies, such as “Birth Mothers do not want their child,” or “Birth Mothers gave their child away.” These unfair or false stereotypes are created by our culture and society who are not familiar or knowledgeable with this type of act of love."

Birth Family Organizations Inspired by these stories? Click the photo to read about organizations that are caring for birth families! 

Birth Family Organizations

Inspired by these stories? Click the photo to read about organizations that are caring for birth families! 

Birth Family Videos & Podcasts Watch and listen to people that have experienced birth family care first hand. Be open to the idea of broadening your view of family to care for the mothers and fathers that so bravely place their children for adoption! 

Birth Family Videos & Podcasts

Watch and listen to people that have experienced birth family care first hand. Be open to the idea of broadening your view of family to care for the mothers and fathers that so bravely place their children for adoption! 

 

Birth Family Organizations

Here are organizations around the world that we have researched or worked with and trust to present to you. If you would like to get involved in birth family care, these organizations would be a great way!

Embrace Grace – All over the U.S. The purpose of Embrace Grace is 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. They provide curriculum and resources for the church to implement our programs and become a Pro-Love church.

Embrace Grace – All over the U.S.

The purpose of Embrace Grace is 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. They provide curriculum and resources for the church to implement our programs and become a Pro-Love church.

Mommas House – New York Mommas House has a specific vision to care for young mothers aged 18 – 23 who have been abandoned by their families. Teenage pregnancy is high in Long Island and many times these teenagers end up living homeless with their children or in cars. Mommas House address these issues: homelessness, lack of parenting, lack of education/ employment, day care, life skills, mental health issues, early intervention, driving.

Mommas House – New York

Mommas House has a specific vision to care for young mothers aged 18 – 23 who have been abandoned by their families. Teenage pregnancy is high in Long Island and many times these teenagers end up living homeless with their children or in cars. Mommas House address these issues: homelessness, lack of parenting, lack of education/ employment, day care, life skills, mental health issues, early intervention, driving.

Grace Like Rain – Texas Grace Like Rain ministries is committed to extending God’s love to families who have suffered homelessness, parental incarceration, financial devastation, and other times of severe need by providing programming, training, education, resources, housing, and tangible assistance. As the families in need receive the ministry and help of Grace Like Rain finding stability, support, and purpose, it is their vision that those same families will join their team in the mission to rescue and resource others.

Grace Like Rain – Texas

Grace Like Rain ministries is committed to extending God’s love to families who have suffered homelessness, parental incarceration, financial devastation, and other times of severe need by providing programming, training, education, resources, housing, and tangible assistance. As the families in need receive the ministry and help of Grace Like Rain finding stability, support, and purpose, it is their vision that those same families will join their team in the mission to rescue and resource others.

Abide Family Center Abide Family Center empowers vulnerable families to keep their kids at home and out of orphanages. They work to keep children out of orphanages in Uganda by providing other options to at-risk families. Families admitted into their program are then provided holistic, direct services at our center.

Abide Family Center

Abide Family Center empowers vulnerable families to keep their kids at home and out of orphanages. They work to keep children out of orphanages in Uganda by providing other options to at-risk families. Families admitted into their program are then provided holistic, direct services at our center.

Heal Ministries Heal empowers vulnerable, abandoned women and children in Christ-centered programs that teach sustainability and family preservation. They build up relationships and implement programs addressing the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of abandoned women and children. 

Heal Ministries

Heal empowers vulnerable, abandoned women and children in Christ-centered programs that teach sustainability and family preservation. They build up relationships and implement programs addressing the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of abandoned women and children. 

Mother's Heart Cambodia Mother's Heart Cambodia was started to respond to the lack of choices women have when they face an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy and because there were no other organizations working in that area. They walk along side women offering non-judgemental support and counseling. Cambodia has no social system to assist these women and their families. 

Mother's Heart Cambodia

Mother's Heart Cambodia was started to respond to the lack of choices women have when they face an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy and because there were no other organizations working in that area. They walk along side women offering non-judgemental support and counseling. Cambodia has no social system to assist these women and their families. 

Mwana Villages Mwana Villages is changing lives in the city of Pointe-Noire in The Republic of the Congo. By approaching orphan care in a holistic way, they are not only seeing children adopted but also seeing families stay together. 

Mwana Villages

Mwana Villages is changing lives in the city of Pointe-Noire in The Republic of the Congo. By approaching orphan care in a holistic way, they are not only seeing children adopted but also seeing families stay together. 

Project Somos Project Somos believes that a child’s best chance for success comes from being raised by their own family in a stable supportive environment. As an orphan prevention program, the Village supports widowed and single mothers who are at-risk of losing their children due to poverty and difficult living situations.

Project Somos

Project Somos believes that a child’s best chance for success comes from being raised by their own family in a stable supportive environment. As an orphan prevention program, the Village supports widowed and single mothers who are at-risk of losing their children due to poverty and difficult living situations.

Selamta Family Project Selamta Family Project develops forever families and bright futures for orphaned children, marginalized women and families at-risk of breaking apart in Ethiopia. Families who are on the verge of being torn apart due to poverty are supplied educational support, health and wellness, psychosocial support and work to stabilize basic needs.

Selamta Family Project

Selamta Family Project develops forever families and bright futures for orphaned children, marginalized women and families at-risk of breaking apart in Ethiopia. Families who are on the verge of being torn apart due to poverty are supplied
educational support, health and wellness, psychosocial support and work to stabilize basic needs.


Adoption Organizations

Wanting to adopt but want to make sure the agency is sound and cares for your birth family? Here are some below that we have found to be trustworthy and have programs that ensure birth families are taken care of. 

Catholic Social Services – Alaska

Pregnancy Support and Adoption Services of Catholic Social Services supports the tradition of family life by focusing its efforts on the vulnerability of children and the promotion of loving, safe, and permanent families through advocacy, education and support services.  Our purpose is to find families for children, NOT children for families! Every child has the right
to be nurtured and loved despite circumstances that are beyond their control! Families are formed because of love, not just blood ties. Children are their own individuals, not just extensions of their birth families. 

Adopt Triad – Colorado

Adopt Triad is here to assist birth parents who need to make adoption plans and find families who are prepared and excited and willing to be an option for them. We also assist families wanting to adopt a child, prepare and to advocate for that family during their adoption journey. Their birth family services include counseling for birth parents who need assistance in making
an adoption plan for their child, financial assistance for our birth parents, and
life coaching.

Heart to Home – Kentucky

Heart to Home hopes to accomplish two things - Place babies in good homes and help the placing parents before, during, and after the adoption. They commit to helping with the decisions that birth parents have to make, offering a variety of services that can give support.
Toll-free birthmother line 24-hours a day 7 days a week, confidentiality, support during birth of the baby, counseling, legal assistance, direct placement to new adoptive parents, and the opportunity to choose a relationship with your baby’s adoptive family.

Compact Family Services – Arkansas

COMPACT is a Christ-centered ministry to redeem the fatherless and family through compassion in action. 

Compact Family Services' adoptions occur through the Highlands Maternity Home, which supports unwed, teenage mothers.
Highlands Maternity Home is dedicated to bringing hope and healing to young women facing an unplanned pregnancy and who have questions about their future. Highlands has helped more than 3,000 young women across the country by offering hope, healing, peace, joy, and a bright future.

Heart of Adoption – Florida

Heart of Adoptions primary mission is to create families through adoption.
However, they take this one step further
by ensuring that all of their clients: expectant parents, their children, and hopeful adoptive families, are treated
as individuals with unique needs,
situations, and emotions. They
believe in flexibility, respect, and confidentiality.
They make sure we find the perfect family willing to meet your requests.

All the Blessings Intl – Missouri

All Blessings International is a Christian non-profit organization and Hague accredited adoption agency that believes in the innate worth of every individual child and seeks to assist the children of the world by helping build families through adoption and providing humanitarian aide to children in need. It is this organization's firm belief that every child has a right to grow up in a family where he or she is loved, nurtured, protected and appreciated for his or her unique individuality. 

Building Arizona Families – Arizona

Building Arizona Families offers financial, emotional, medical, and housing services to birth mothers in need. They understand what complications come with putting a child up for adoption and strive to be there for support.

I walked into the agency a mess, but know I will leave with confidence and success in bettering my life. Thank you to everyone at Building Arizona Families.  
– Clarivel

Adoptions of Indiana – Indiana

Adoptions of Indiana support birth families before, during, and after the adoption.
Before, they meet one-on-one and drive to wherever the birth families are, they meet with them every other week before the baby is born, and are available for life – meeting every week up to 6 months and offer monthly support groups and a Facebook page to communicate with each other.

 

Beacon House Adoption – Louisiana

Birth mothers have counseling before they decide to move forward with an adoption plan and independent counseling at the end of their pregnancy to help them prepare for placement of their baby.
Each birth mother is assigned a case manager that is available 24/7 to assist them with any of their needs, provide emotional support, make sure they get to the doctor, grocery store, etc. Beacon House provides an allowance that covers
a birth mothers' needs while she is recuperating after delivery.

Adoptions Together – Maryland

Adoptions Together offer in-person counseling, phone counseling, birth parents support groups, etc. Their hope is that a birth parent will stay connected with us throughout their adoption process, and through the length of their open adoption relationship with the adoptive family. It varies how much a birth parent will stay engaged with them.

A Gift of Hope – Missouri

A Gift of Hope provides pre placement and post placement counseling, an online support group membership for a year, which is moderated by other birth parents, so that they can have something outside of them if they want it. They also look up local resources and work with them on goals, i.e. filling out applications for school, finding a job, leaving a violent relationship, or whatever it was that caused them to decide adoption was necessary.
 

Christian Adoption Services
– North Carolina

We offer counseling to birth families before and after the adoption. During the counseling sessions, we can help connect them with resources as well for free ultrasounds and/or additional needs.  We also have a 24-hour text line for birth families to talk with our Birth Parent Case Manager at any time for support, resources, or questions. 

Deaconess Pregnancy Options – Oklahoma

Birth families are able to receive free individual counseling and support as well as participate in a quarterly support group meeting. They are also able to assist birth mothers with living expenses. An Adoption Specialist is also available to be at the hospital with the birth family if they request it. Additionally, ongoing counseling is provided for as long as the client requests it. Women are also eligible to participate in a birth mother retreat that is held annually. They are also available to help mediate the relationship with the adoptive family.

Fostering Hope Austin – Texas The restoration of family is part of the solution for the foster care crisis. The need is people who can show compassion and support to biological parents who want to heal and keep their children. Come alongside biological parents with mentoring, training, and encouragement. The Families Count program is a six-week class offered by local churches that have been specially trained by the professional staff of Lifeline Children’s Services in a workbook-driven curriculum written for at-risk parents and birth parents working to achieve permanency.

Fostering Hope Austin – Texas

The restoration of family is part of the solution for the foster care crisis. The need is people who can show compassion and support to biological parents who want to heal and keep their children. Come alongside biological parents with mentoring, training, and encouragement. The Families Count program is a six-week class offered by local churches that have been specially trained by the professional staff of Lifeline Children’s Services in a workbook-driven curriculum written for at-risk parents and birth parents working to achieve permanency.

Christian Homes & Family
Services
 – Texas

Christian Homes & Family Services' free maternity services include living expenses, medical care, legal services, and counseling to name just a few. Post adoption services include the same for a 6-8 week post-delivery period and then a post adoption counseling and emotional for the rest of her lifetime.
They describe it as having a friend for life.