Struggling to build a family can be an isolating and demoralizing experience for many, but you do not need to suffer alone. The Uprooted community is here for you. We know that the path to parenthood is not always straightforward. Our Mentoring: Traveler and Guide Program is designed specifically for people who are experiencing challenges in building their family – as well as for those who have completed their journey and are looking to support others in the community. Our free service pairs an individual who is still navigating the family-building path (a Traveler) with another individual (a Guide) who has previously struggled with family-building and/or fertility issues and is now at a different place on their journey.
At Uprooted, we recognize the value of connecting because we have been there. We have taken different roads to parenthood, and we are here to help you form a meaningful connection with another member of the Jewish community as you travel along your own family-building path.
Visit our “Finding a Guide” page to view the various stories of our Guides, each of whom has personally faced and overcome family-building challenges. They are ready to help by listening thoughtfully, sharing their own story, and most importantly, supporting you as you travel along your path. Our volunteers have a wide range of experiences including pregnancy loss, IVF, surrogacy, adoption, mental health challenges and procreation for gay and lesbian couples. Our Guides also represent a wide array of Jewish practices and affiliations, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and unaffiliated.
Prior to joining our volunteer pool, all Guide candidates have been interviewed by Uprooted staff members to insure that they are capable, empathic listeners who thoroughly understand their specific role, including the limitations of the relationship. Uprooted Guides cannot be used in place of qualified mental health therapists. Although some of our Guides do happen to be professionals, in their role as Uprooted Guide they are merely volunteering in a personal capacity, and not in a professional one.
Uprooted’s Mentoring: Traveler and Guide program does not constitute medical, therapeutic, or mental health treatment. It is a peer-to-peer, non-professional mentoring program. We are here to listen and provide support, but we cannot replace the qualified professionals working with you. Whether, and how, you choose to seek professional care is outside the scope of this program, and Uprooted and its employees, agents and volunteers are not liable for decisions made during or after your fertility journey. Travelers should refer to the terms and restrictions made available to them upon being assigned a mentor, and interested parties may request information from Uprooted’s staff.
Guides provide compassionate support through confidential one-on-one phone conversations, emails, or Skype chats. Some Travelers utilize their Guides for just a few phone calls during a particularly hard time, while others form lasting relationships without a specific end-date. You can use the Mentoring Program in the way that suits you best.