Birth Mothers Retreat

You know what it’s like to be with others who “get” you. Well, birth mothers rarely have people in their network of support who really “get” their adoption choice. In fact, in the past few years, Adoption Option Council of Minnesota’s board of directors has recognized a very real need for emotional support and fellowship among birth mothers.

That’s why we are pleased to present AOCM’s first-ever Birth Mother’s Retreat. On Sept. 19-21, 2014, at a beautiful Minnesota retreat center, we will gather up to 20 birth mothers for a weekend of friendship, learning and support. Learn more and show your support…

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Classroom presentations

The Adoption Option Speakers Panel provides thousands of Minnesota high school students with real-life perspectives from birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted persons, birth grandparents and social workers. Why should you offer this 50-minute program in your school?
- Adoption is relevant to more students than you may know
- Trained panel members answer students’ honest questions
- Students learn to be more supportive of each other
- Educators find this presentation to be one of the most popular
Available in-person or by video. An incentive is available to educators who use the video presentation and offer feedback via a brief survey. Learn more at

Minnesota Loves Adoption

Celebrating the many ways adoption has touched their lives, Minnesota individuals and families have come together to share their stories. Adoption Option Council of Minnesota is pleased to present those stories in a beautiful hard cover book called “Minnesota Loves Adoption.” Click on the image below to learn more about this program and how you can get involved.

AOCM is not a political or religious organization.

AOCM Sponsored Websites

ITK (In the Know) Teens is a resource created to engage teens about the subject of adoption. Minnesota Loves Adoption is an online scrapbook, providing a forum for Minnesotans to share their real stories of adoption with others.

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Adoption Option Council of Minnesota
P.O. Box 75, Elk River, MN 55330
952.944.0866 or

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  • The women who are registering for AOCM's fall retreat are sincerely relieved to know they will soon have a time and place to talk about their unique journey as birth mothers -- openly, honestly -- in some cases for the very first time. How can you show your support? Your online gift today could finance one of the retreat meals, activities or materials. Thank you!

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  • A "that's so cool!" moment to share... President Kate Gillen's grandma and accomplished seamstress, Mary Funk, will be sewing a cozy blanket for each of the 20 birth mothers who attend AOCM's "Stronger Together" retreat in September. Kate's mom, Jayne Funk, is donating all the material for the blankets. A big thanks to these women for showing their support in a really heart-warming way!

  • Friday fun facts about the impact of the Adoption Option Speakers Panel: Of high school students surveyed after hearing a Panel presentation, 53% said they’d be more willing to encourage a friend to consider adoption if she or he were faced with an unintended pregnancy; 31% said they’d be more willing to consider the option themselves; 77% felt comfortable asking the Panel questions. Opening hearts! That’s what it’s all about. Great job, volunteers!
  • At AOCM's 2013 gala, we loved to hear guests say: “I would never have guessed this was your organization’s first gala!” One of our secret weapons was event planner Susan Diamond, CSEP, owner of Jigsaw Unlimited. We aren’t at all surprised that Susan was recently selected by her peers as a Minnesota Meetings + Events Hall of Fame inductee and Best Special Events Planner. She is talented, hard working and compassionate. Congratulations, Susan!

  • The AOCM community loves birth mothers so much! To create a cozy and nurturing environment for the upcoming “Stronger Together” retreat, folks are already preparing goodies including spa items, footies, personal coffee mugs, yummy caramel corn treats, swag bag items and even fun marshmallow forks for the campfire. If you’d like to join in this effort, we’d also appreciate any of the folllowing:
    • Homemade polar fleece blankets (20)
    • Journal/pen sets (20)
    • Beautiful totes (20) for bringing home educational/support materials
    • Three baskets (one for each bathroom, with hairspray, gel, hand lotion, toiletries, etc.)
    • Gift certificate from Tobie’s (for breakfast rolls and bread)
    • Gift cards for groceries
    • Bottled water and pop