Adopt a Mom is dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence against mothers and supporting efforts to better their own lives and those of their children.
The Adopt a Mom program started in 2010 as a grassroots effort to raise money to recognize victims of domestic violence while respecting the sacrifices they made to better their situation.
Adopt a Mom provided gifts to victims of domestic violence that spent their Mother’s Day in a shelter or safe house. Response was overwhelming and in two short weeks not only were the women of Southeast Texas recognized, but momentum carried over to respect women in the Rio Grande Valley. Driven primarily by small donations over 100 mothers were given a gift in 2010. The program grew in 2011 and over 400 mothers were recognized with a special gift.
The foundation was blessed to send or deliver over 1,000 Mother's Day gifts to victims of domestic violence in 2012 and has the goal of reaching 3,000 mothers in 2014.
The momentum continues and the Adopt a Mom program is now a foundation. Adopt a Mom is currently recognized in the state of Texas as a non-profit corporation and is a federally recognized 501(c) (3) non-profit foundation.
The Adopt a Mom foundation will exist to:
Raise awareness of Domestic Violence against mothers, empower these women, and help to break the cycle of this silent epidemic.
Provide a place of resources for mothers, including but not limited to advocacy, career development, money management training, support groups, and basic necessities in a safe and nurturing environment. In the future, the foundation sees the place for an Adopt a Mom house in every major city in the United States; a place for community and support; a place where mothers who were once victims and are now victors can come together to share and care with one another; a place where the children who have been exposed to violence can too find support. These homes will help establish a network of survivors and build a larger network to facilitate a healthy, safe environment while raising the quality of life for women and their children.
Continue the Mother’s Day gifting program. It is the belief of those involved with the foundation that so much can be said with a simple token. In some cases, these mothers have never once received a gift on Mother’s Day. Adopt a Mom wants these women to know that someone does care, they are appreciated and loved, and they have the support of their community to make their lives and the lives of their children better.
With these core goals, Adopt-A-Mom will foster awareness, build community and sustain future successes for mothers that have been victims of domestic violence. Although Adopt-A-Mom has begun in the state of Texas, its influence and reach will spread to all areas of the United States.