Family support can be a great asset to a birth mother. Sometimes the support isn’t there and a birth mother needs to look elsewhere for support. It’s important to know there are support groups, friends, caseworkers and social workers, and even online groups who can offer the support you need if your family is unavailable to support you. When a strong family is available, the support can be a great burden-lifter. Families are important not only during pregnancy, but during and after placement. Sometimes the hardest time can come after placements—family support can make a huge difference in healing and getting through the hard times.