A nonprofit organization composed primarily of birthparents and based in Des Moines, Iowa. Members are people from the United States, Canada and abroad who are interested in adoption issues.
Created in 1976 as a vehicle to provide support to birthparents who placed their children for adoption, CUB has since expanded to include adopted persons, adoptive parents and others.
It is actively interested in SEARCH-related issues, and new members may insert free ads in the organization's newsletter. The organization has a reunion registry for members searching for an adopted person, birthparent or birth sibling. Letter and phone call support is provided to searchers who are not near a branch. (Branches are in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio.) Search workshops are provided for members who have attended at least three support group meetings.
Adoption "prevention" is another goal of CUB members, who believe adoption is not always necessary, especially when the birthparent's problem is a temporary one, such as inadequate finances or lack of emotional support. The members can provide assistance to birthparents for whom adoption is not the first choice yet who see no other answer.
The organization also works for changes in adoption policy and supports OPEN ADOPTION for those cases when members feel adoption is the appropriate choice for their children. The organization also promotes their views through talks to community groups and distribution of literature on search and other issues.
Members receive CUB Communicator, a monthly newsletter. Meetings are held monthly at branch locations.
For more information, contact
Concerned United Birthparents Inc. (CUB)
2000 Walker St.
Des Moines, IA 50317
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