Catarina | A Birth Mom from Alabama
I thought that I could never do it. I never thought I would have it in me to do that. After, I placed I realized that love is why parents choose to place.
Relive BraveLove’s Dream A Little Dream Party
This time last month, we hosted a fundraising party to shine a positive light on adoption in Dallas and beyond. Nearly 300 guests from across the metroplex joined us for a night of festivities to celebrate November’s National Adoption Month at 3015 at Trinity Groves.
The Drop Box: a documentary worth talking about
This award-winning documentary is about a South Korean pastor who has cared for 594 abandoned babies that have been placed in his church’s drop box, or baby box. The documentary shows the challenges, love and purpose behind Pastor Lee’s work.
The Creating Family Series - Part 3
As the days passed and my time to deliver grew near, I thought frequently about this woman who would raise and love my baby. I thought more about her than I did about the baby. Of course, I did normal pregnant woman things – I nested, I patted my big belly, I picked out a name – but I also wondered about Helen. Was she also picking out names? Was she preparing a room in hopeful anticipation or was she terrified it would fall through yet again? I wanted to help her as much as I wanted to help myself with this process.
The Creating Family Series - Part 2
"I do not remember ever not knowing I was adopted. It was my bedtime story as a child: 'Once upon a time, there was a young mommy who loved her baby very much...' and so on." #BraveLove
The Creating Family Series - Part 1
"I figured out that Beth is as capable of loving two different mothers as I am of loving my two different children." #BraveLove
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to work with a birth-mom throughout her labor, subsequent C-section and the two days she spent in the hospital with her sweet baby girl. This mother was 19; this was her third child.
Born with a Purpose
"She also knows that her birth family loves her just as much and that she wasn’t unwanted, that she wasn’t a mistake." #BraveLove
Today’s our birthday!
We launched two years ago today. For those reading this, thank you! Thank you for caring about this movement and helping us show that adoption can be a beautiful thing and that birth moms are heroes.
2014 Care Net Conference
Last week, BraveLove had the honor of participating in Care Net’s 2014 National Pregnancy Center Conference held right here in our own backyard – Dallas, TX! It was inspiring to be around hundreds of men and women working in different centers around the United States. We visited with some of our existing partners and then connected with over 100 different pregnancy centers for the first time.
In Light of Being Known
An adoptive mother recently introduced us to a children’s book called There’s NO Such Thing as a Dragon. “Billy Bixbee was rather surprised when he woke up one morning and found a dragon in his room. It was a small dragon, about the size of a kitten.”
I knew from the moment I made my decision to place my child for adoption that it would have to be an open arrangement because I would want to be involved in my child’s life.
Amy | A Birth Mom from Jackson
I think my own life helped me make the choice. My adoptive parents are wonderful and helped show me true love in everything. From the time I stepped into the Home for Unwed Mothers, I knew the choice was mine and had made up my mind.
To My Sweet Etta,
I’ll start off by saying I am proud to be your birth mom. I am proud that I trusted and believed in God’s word and that was adoption. I know in my heart God had me picked out to be the special woman to carry you for 9 months for your Mommy. Sometimes it’s hard to understand what God is doing (and believe me at first this was very hard for me to understand). Though the minute I met your parents, I 100% understood God’s doings.
Miranda | A Birth Mom from Texas
I have a 2-year-old who I parent. Her father along with the father of my second child played a big part in why I chose adoption.
Rebecca | An Adoptee from New York
"So, given her story, and her decision to place me for adoption, my perception of my birth mom has changed dramatically. When I pieced together her life, all those negative feelings dissolved. I know without a doubt she made the choice she did out of love. I do consider her a mother. A mother makes the best decision for her children, even if it breaks her heart."
The Adoption Triad
As reflected perfectly in the symbol for the adoption triad, adoption consists of three parties coming together from opposite angles to meet at the intersection of a unique kind of love.
She Changed My Life
"I also played a part in completing a family that could not have done it without me." #BraveLove
Fully Loved: Thoughts on what it means
BraveLove is a certain kind of love, which takes great courage, sacrifice, and trust. We are so thankful to adoptive parents and birth mothers for offering this kind of love.
Coming Together: Our third Roundtable
BraveLove is on a mission, and we are getting closer to releasing the details of our newest project to all of you! Last month, we hosted our third Roundtable discussion to build upon ideas gathered from our previous Roundtable held in April.
Gerrianne | A Birth Mom from Texas
I was a single mother, with three small boys. I was living on public assistance, in low-income housing, with plans to begin college in the Winter Semester. I was also very angry at the baby's father, and mad at myself for the choices I had made. I wasn't a teenager, I was 29 years old and should have known better. The thought of raising another child with the feelings I had concerned me. I didn't know how I could emotionally handle another child.
A Birth Mother’s Heart
Last Tuesday, BraveLove joined a webinar called "A Birth Mother’s Heart," which was hosted by one of our wonderful partner agencies, Lifeline Children's Services. Two inspiring women, Katie and Deborah, shared their stories. Though from different circumstances, these women had one common thread weaving them together – they each placed a child for adoption.
To The Moon
"Of two things I am certain 1) that my daughter loves me and 2) that I made the right choice. I am a birth father and 15 years ago I chose to place my daughter, Belle, in open adoption." - Rick
Dear Precious Little One,
We haven’t met you yet and have no idea when you will join our family. But we trust God and know that He’ll bring you to us at the perfect time. We can’t wait to welcome you into our family with unconditional love.