ON YOUR FEET FOUNDATION

Providing post-placement support for birthparents since 2001

aka OYFF   |   Evanston, IL   |  www.onyourfeetfoundation.org

Mission

On Your Feet Foundation honors the choice of birthparents to place their child for adoption; empowers all of our clients by connecting them with resources, services and community; and educates others about the challenges facing birthparents.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Mrs. Alexis Eyler

Main address

1555 Sherman Ave #173

Evanston, IL 60201 USA

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EIN

36-4460465

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Adoption (P31)

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Our programs

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On Your Feet Forever Birthmother Retreats

On Your Feet Foundation holds three weekend retreats annually for birth mothers, along with 3-4 virtual retreats. In-person retreats are held in Michigan City, Indiana, which is easily accessible by car, by plane to Chicago or Indianapolis airports, Amtrak train or even bus. Launched in 2020, our virtual retreats enable birthmoms to attend no matter their location. We have a staff of 7 leading our retreats, all of whom are birthmothers themselves.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Adults
Foster and adoptive parents
Single parents

On Your Feet Foundation awards grants and provides financial assistance to birthparents for tuition assistance, job placement, housing and therapy.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Foster and adoptive parents
Single parents
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

Our case managers provide 1,500 hours of direct support to more than 75 birthmoms annually. They:

♣ Offer unbiased support and guidance to birthmothers
♣ Assist birthmothers in setting goals, and defining objectives to meet those goals
♣ Connect birthmothers with other birthmothers, helping to build their community of support
♣ Refer to community resources, such as Dress for Success, National Able Network, and counseling resources that specialize in the adoption triad; identify resources state-by-state to support out-of-state referrals
♣ Coordinate birthmother events, such as career chats and the annual holiday dinner, to help forge relationships with birthmothers and enhance skills
♣ Identify appropriate grant recipients, compose grant requests, and submit to the grant committee - further helping birthmothers reach their goals

Population(s) Served
Adults
Multiracial people
Families of choice
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents

Where we work

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Financials

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ON YOUR FEET FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 3/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jennifer Tully Diehl


Board co-chair

Monica Tsikretsis

Patricia Trudeau

Nancy Swabb

Rachel Breivald

Rush University Health System

Lauren Byrne

Deanna Schuette

United Way

Molly Berger

Adoption Center of Illinois

Martha Lindstrom

Bob Schweitzer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.