“You, too?” is a statement we often hear when people with an adoption experience come together to talk. Birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted persons and birth & adoptive grandparents find that common ground with Bellis.
With a growing peer-based network, Bellis is a trusted source of support and encouragement. Below please learn about Bellis support programs:
Adoption Connection meetings
Bellis hosts regular supportive gatherings for adults with adoption experiences. Adoption Connection meetings are for adoptive parents, birth parents, adopted persons, and birth or adoptive grant parents. We start in a large group format, then break into facilitated small group discussions. Learn more and r.s.v.p. for the next Evening of Adoption Connection.
Birth mothers retreat
Women who have chosen adoption, whether recently or decades ago, deserve and often need support that they can’t find from their families or community. Our ‘Stronger Together’ weekend retreat offers peer-based support in a nurturing setting. One woman described last year’s retreat as ‘the best weekend of my entire life.’ It is the only weekend retreat for birth mothers in Minnesota, and one of only a few in the country.
Contact Bellis for information about the annual retreat, which takes place in September. While space at the retreat is limited, retreat guests continue to network throughout the year and attend Adoption Connection meetings every other month.
More than 100 volunteers have been trained and engaged in our popular classroom representation program. In small teams, they visit classrooms in more than 50 schools in the Twin Cities area. A new speakers hub in Rochester will soon broaden the reach in that area of the state. Student feedback shows that nearly 80 percent of students see adoption in a more positive light after listening to speakers’ real-life stories and having the opportunity to ask frank questions. With growing demand for our presentations, we are always in need of additional speakers. Quarterly speakers workshops are a great way to learn more and get involved in this program. Learn more and r.s.v.p. for the next Adoption Speakers Workshop.