Birth Mothers Are Mothers
"To me, this statement validates my place on this holiday. That as a birth mother, I should still be recognized as a mother," Jennifer said. At BraveLove, we believe birth mothers are mothers. Watch this short clip to see why.
Adopted at Birth - Marti's Story
"It takes a truly selfless individual to create life and bless another family through the process. Truly a brave love." - Marti, adoptee
The Importance of a Support System - Jamie's Story
"Adoption is a beautiful, complicated, and messy thing that comes with many emotions. Having the right support system in place is critical." - Jamie, birth mom #BraveLove
Birth Mom Finding Peace - Leah's Story
"Being a birth mom has changed my life in so many ways and I can only hope that me sharing this helps someone out there who is struggling..." - Leah, birth mom #BraveLove
The Complexities of Adoption
"Adoption is hard. It is beautiful. It is complex with many layers. Most times I have no words to describe it. But I have gratitude." - Sue, adoptive mom
"Your story helped me in my decision"
Ali shared her adoption story to feel empowered. She never dreamed that it would impact someone else in this way. Watch now.
"It was 15 years before I met another birth mom."
It was through a BraveLove dinner that Ashley met another birth mother for the very first time. Watch her story and discover what she's doing today and how she's encouraging birth moms so they don't have to go 15 years like she did.
Larry has always known he was adopted, but he never knew his birth mom since his adoption was closed. So he began to search. Watch how his story unfolds and how he comes to terms with the difficult but beautiful realities of his own adoption story.
A Laborer of Love
"It is her who sacrificed and labored through it all. And that is the glimpse of our birth mother, a courageous woman and a true laborer of love. ” - Sue, adoptive mom
The Hardest Decision - Jennifer's Story
"I wish I could go back and tell my young self that everything would work out how it is supposed to, because it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life." - Jennifer, birth mom
Changing the Stigmas of Adoption by Sharing Real Stories
"When people are able to see a real person's story whether it's read or in a video, they're able to say 'oh, there's someone else like me. I'm not alone in this.'" Watch this short video to understand how BraveLove educates.
Adoptees Say Thank You
Watch what these individuals have to say about their lives today and how they've been impacted by adoption.
Adoption Points of View, Part 2
BraveLove hosted an adoption panel that featured this dynamic group of women. It was too good not to share, so we're sharing it! Watch this adoption triad open up and share their adoption experiences, dispel myths, and educate on what adoption can look like today.
Adoption Points of View, Part 1
BraveLove hosted an adoption panel that featured this dynamic group of women. It was too good not to share, so we're sharing it! Watch this adoption triad open up, share their experiences, dispel myths, and educate on what adoption can look like today.
"You are a mother"
Five months after Alison placed her daughter for adoption, her mom gave her a Mother's Day gift. She questioned her, "Well, why am I getting this?" Her mother reminded her, "Because you are a mother. You're just a different kind of mother than some other mothers."
Adoptive Mom Q&A with LeighAnn
"I have a very close relationship with my first daughter’s birth mom and I have told her, “You made me a mother.” For that, I am forever grateful." - LeighAnn, adoptive mom #BraveLove
Two Days. Two Families. Forever Changed. - Alex's Story
"Adoption isn't always beautiful, it's hard and devastating! But my boys deserved to be loved and my grief proves that they always were!" - Alex, birth mom #BraveLove
"Adoption is love and I wouldn’t change a thing." - Leslie's Story
"The pain and grief were heavy at times, but I always knew I made the right choice for me, and the right choice for Nick. That's made all the difference. I'm a proud birth mom." - Leslie
Birth Mom Q&A with Angell
"To the birth mothers and fathers, never lose sight of the dreams you have for the children that you created. Hold on to the hope that you released them with. " - Angell, birth mom #BraveLove
Reunited on Instagram - Gracie's Story
"Finally, after eighteen years of a closed adoption, I decided to reach out to my birthmother, Angell." #BraveLove
An Unknown Triad Within Our Family - Sarah's Story
"I am Sarah, an adoptive mother. I have an open adoption with both of my children’s mothers. I am an advocate for openness." - #BraveLove
Webisode #11 - Where is Jennifer now?
Remember the film (un)Wanted? Jennifer was involved and we're catching up with her. She is both a birth mom and adoptive mom who understands the complexities of adoption. She shares some great advice and encouragement as she talks about hope, competition, and social media.
Webisode #10 - Where is Carmen now?
Remember the film Overwhelming Love? We're catching up with Carmen and her mom Paula so you can hear what's going on in their worlds since it's been over 18 years since Carmen placed her son for adoption.
Not Every Mother
Not every mother can be a mom, and not every mom gets to be a mother. It doesn't seem fair, but life can be like that. And we all just do what we can with the hand we've been dealt. But maybe every once in a while....
Webisode #9 - It's been over six years, where is Sarah now?
Adoption is a lifelong journey, to say the least. We try our best to stay in touch with those who have shared their story with us over the years. That's why we've decided to feature some of those conversations in this special series we're calling Where Are They Now? Remember Sarah's Story? We're catching up with Sarah...