If you are interested in receiving MPA services, please fill out our application HERE.
Each birth/first mother has a very unique adoption story and life experience, but the basics of placing a child for adoption are very similar for all women. By meeting each other, birth/first mothers can experience first hand that they are not alone. MPA’s weekend retreats put the power of healing directly into the hands of every birth/first mother.
Retreats are often the first contact women have with other birth/first mothers. Of all our services, retreats offer the most immediate and tangible effects, enabling birth/first mothers to unite, support and empower themselves.
Healthy birth/first mothers become powerful agents for change in their own lives, which can bring about more successful relationships, better parenting, and higher self-confidence. We know that our retreats have long-lasting effects. MPA retreat attendees report an increase in:
Having the information they need to manage their emotions.
Knowing how to find support.
Liking and feeling accepting of oneself.
MPA Northern California Retreat Registration Policy
MPA holds 10 places for women attending a retreat for the first time and 15 for retreat returners. Once the 15 returner spots are filled, a waitlist will be started. Anyone who is waitlisted will get priority registration for the next MPA Northern California Retreat.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RETREATS, CLICK HERE.
At MPA, we know that therapy addresses the most deep-seated and persistent problems birth/first mothers face. Our approach is this: to grant a birth/first mother ten sessions with a well-vetted therapist experienced in the unique needs of birth/first mothers. We refer to therapists who have experience treating such issues as postpartum depression, mood disorders or panic attacks, as well as long term life issues. Therapy can help to address issues around placing a child for adoption such as grief, shame, guilt and loss. Since adoption is only one part of a birth/first mother's story, her overall wellness can be improved by bringing whatever issues she is experiencing to therapy.
In order to apply for a wellness grant, please fill out the form HERE and you will be referred to a therapist. Arrangements will be made to pay the therapist directly. Grants are funded on a rolling basis throughout the year as funding permits.
Opening Doors to Success: Academic/Life Skills Grants
MPower Alliance meets women where they are on their professional and educational paths.
The academic/life skills grants are eligible only to birth/first mothers who have placed their child in California, or lived in California at the time of placement.
Past grant recipients have completed degrees and certificates ranging from a G.E.D. or medical assistant to a Master’s degree. We also provide grants for educational support, including books, fees, supplies or transportation.
Education/life skills grants given by MPA have enabled birth/first mothers to further their education and to empower themselves significantly. Achieving an educational or professional goal translates powerfully across the board to other life areas, such as parenting skills, successful relationships, personal wellness and other achievements. Our Empowerment Initiatives section (LINK) features ways in which birth/first mothers have met with an expanded sense of personal power as a result of receiving services from MPA.
TO APPLY FOR A GRANT, CLICK HERE.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
In order to apply for an Education/Life Skills grant, fill out the application on our website. You will then be contacted by email by a staff member of MPA, who will schedule an interview with a birth/first mother volunteer. Please refer to the following schedule for application deadlines.
2020 Grant Calendar
*Rolling applicants: contact the Program Coordinator to make a plan to process your application in time for your deadline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An education/life skills grant CAN fund tuition, which will be paid directly to the school. The school should be an accredited institution. Funds can also cover specific needs, including but not limited to: uniforms, supplies, preparation classes, laptops or transportation.
An education/life skills grant can NOT fund already existing debt or living expenses. If you already have a master's degree, you are not eligible to receive a grant in this area.
MPA education grants are issued for one semester/quarter or one vocational goal. If a woman completes the term or meets her original goal, she is eligible to apply for another MPA education grant.