What Does Adoption Mean to You?

Share Your Story for National Adoption Month. See How You’re Part of the Big Picture of Adoption. 

Adoption has touched all of our lives in one way or another. Whether you’re a birth mom, adoptee, sibling, or friend, you have a story to tell. Tell us how adoption has touched your life -- help us show how adoption touches everyone

Together, our stories show the big picture of adoption. Share yours now, then scroll down to see the others! 

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Latest Stories

Because of Adoption...

  • Deb Betts
    signed 2016-11-18 14:29:58 -0600
  • Daneen Cline
    signed 2016-11-18 14:09:23 -0600
  • Peter Goldberg
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-18 14:01:41 -0600
    See how my story is part of the big picture of adoption.
  • Peter Goldberg
    signed 2016-11-18 14:01:13 -0600
    my daughter changed my life for the best
  • Mary Melton (Tibbs)
    signed 2016-11-18 13:43:10 -0600
    I learned how strong I am
  • Lisa King
    signed 2016-11-18 13:30:56 -0600
    I got the best grandparents in the world! They adopted my dad when he was a baby, and the story just keeps getting better and better!
  • Ashley Holm
    signed 2016-11-18 10:24:15 -0600
    I won the parent lottery
  • Lynn Britt
    signed 2016-11-18 09:34:32 -0600
    In 1971, I gave my son up for adoption. I was 18 and had no way to care for my son that I loved so much. A wonderful family adopted him and gave him everything that I was not able to. In January of 2015, I received a phone call. It was my son!!!!!!!! He had chosen to find his birth mom and it has been “Happy Every After” from the day we were reunited. The piece of my heart, that became a piece of another families’ heart, is like the puzzle piece that was lost and now is found!!!!!!!!!
  • Anne Heffron
    signed 2016-11-18 08:34:57 -0600
  • Rachel Farney
    signed 2016-11-18 07:36:41 -0600
    my heart is deeply connected to and thankful for people I never would have known otherwise
  • Cora Thompson
    signed 2016-11-17 20:45:49 -0600
    I’m now the mother to my Godson
  • Laura Benavidez
    signed 2016-11-17 20:25:01 -0600
    He is with the parents God meant for him
  • Char Tucker
    signed 2016-11-17 19:28:03 -0600
  • Allison Fink
    signed 2016-11-17 19:11:12 -0600
  • Sandi Brennan
    signed 2016-11-17 17:58:27 -0600
  • Patti Smith
    signed 2016-11-17 16:29:02 -0600
    I am alive today. My birthmother was a victim of a serial rapist. Yet, she gave me the gift of life. When I met her 20 years ago, she said she loved me and always will. She wanted me to be healthy and happy with parents who would provide what she could not. I am fortunate to have met her and was able to thank her for my life. I am grateful forever.
  • Jackie Jorgensen
    signed 2016-11-17 16:10:45 -0600
    I’ll never be who I should have been
  • Debbie Cordle
    signed via 2016-11-17 16:04:02 -0600
    Grew up in a loving home, and have passed that gift on to my daughter through her adoption
  • Jacqueline Shirley
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-17 15:45:18 -0600
    See how my story is part of the big picture of adoption.
  • Jacqueline Shirley
    signed 2016-11-17 15:42:56 -0600
    I became a stronger person. I gave a man and a woman a child that they will cherish forever. I gave a child a life that I never had.
  • Mary Avila
    signed 2016-11-17 14:38:27 -0600
    Our family came together! Our story started when a family friend asked me to help her, ‘friend’ get an abortion. Due to a language barrier she couldn’t just look up a clinics phone number. I told her to bring her friend to my house anytime and I would personally escort her to a clinic, but that I just needed to talk to her first. I felt it was important to help the struggling mother problem solve before walking into a clinic. After a few cups of coffee my friend revealed it was her who was pregnant. I asked if she had seen a doctor, she said no. I asked her how far along she was, she didn’t know. I asked about her last period, she thought around August (it was the first of April). I asked to see her tummy. After removing a few shirts and a girdle she revealed a perfectly round tummy. I told her an abortion isn’t an option, and that I would personally take her to a doctor on Monday. She was scared, her community was small and gossip traveled fast. She shared she had tried to self abort many times with teas, herbs, exercise, and jabs. That if an abortion wasn’t an option she had thought about a dumpster after birth. I promised her I would keep her secret, I would protect her from anyone finding out, and that I would keep the baby. Two days later we after an ultrasound we learned she was 37 weeks pregnant. That gave us a few weeks to figure out how to do an adoption. 4 days later she arrived at my door frantic. She was in labor, 1 minute between contractions. In less than an hour she had given birth to the most amazing little dark haired boy. From the moment she revealed her secret I vowed to protect them; her from shame and him from the world. In 7 days time our world changed. People couldn’t believe our position. From the doctor, to the social worker, we were looked at like we had three heads. We weren’t ready. No lawyer picked, no home study done, not even a car seat to take him home in. But the adoption brought out the best in all of us. Friends gave us clothes, lawyers let us make payments, and my family stepped up to babysit. Because of our adoption our family is closer, my sister I was distant from became my biggest supporter. My older kids who had one foot out the door were drawn to this little baby in a big way. He became the families baby, everyone had a role in his life. Because of this he is caring, thoughtful, smart, swift, and of course adorable! We still see his birth mom as much as she wants, its always on her terms. 10 years later and I still feel very protective. How could I not, she gave me the biggest gift that one woman could give another woman.
  • Jennifer Hilbert
    signed 2016-11-17 13:37:22 -0600
  • jodi kaczynski
    signed 2016-11-17 12:22:10 -0600
    I found my forever son. He was my reading student and one day asked me if I would be his mom. My heart dropped because my husbandand I were already talking about adopting him. A match made in heaven
  • Stephanie Plescher
    signed 2016-11-17 11:31:28 -0600
  • Karen Harlow
    signed 2016-11-17 11:20:52 -0600
    I have had a fuller and successful life
  • Huckleberry Nicola
    signed 2016-11-17 11:07:13 -0600
    We Have a Hockey Team! This was the start. http://childrenofallnations.com/bearsighting/
  • Gail Rumsey
    signed 2016-11-17 10:53:07 -0600
  • Shana Smith
    signed 2016-11-17 10:47:01 -0600
    I’ve been inspired by my kids
  • Shana Smith
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-17 10:45:28 -0600
    See how my story is part of the big picture of adoption.
  • Shana Smith
    @Fosteringlife tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-17 10:45:26 -0600
    See how my story is part of the big picture of adoption. http://www.bravelove.org/nam2016?recruiter_id=27373