A Single Step: Meet the Iveys
Jamie and Aaron Ivey have four children, three of whom were adopted. They were inspired by friends who had adopted to do something, which caused them to get more information and eventually move forward with the adoption process. Watch their story here.
Lilly | An Adoptive Mom from Texas
"I learned that family is the most important thing we have in life and it is comprised of more than our DNA."
Janelle asks “What’s his label?”
I attended an adoption conference. For the first session, I chose “Adoption Reunions.” Really… can you ever hear enough adoption reunion stories? As I took my seat in the second row, I couldn’t figure out the dynamics of the panel in front of me. Two younger women, two older women and an older man. As the session started, they were introduced… adoptee, birth mom, adoptive mom, birth mom’s husband, and birth mom’s daughter. Hold on… husband of the birth mom?
Debrief from CAFO Summit, Chicago
Last week was our first time to attend the CAFO Summit Conference, and it certainly exceeded our expectations. CAFO is an alliance that brings together individuals and organizations from all different child welfare groups across the globe.
Our second Roundtable
The purpose of the Roundtable was to discuss the state of adoption education and then pitch one of our BraveLove projects for the year. For an hour and a half over lunch, we discussed some hard-hitting questions and gathered feedback from this focus group.
I never dreamt that we could place a baby for adoption and still get to be a part of their life. Making the first of several major decisions, my boyfriend and I jumped right into counseling sessions...
The Long-Term Health Benefits of Open Adoption
A guest writer from Healthline.com shares some of the long-term benefits of open adoption.
"Not every child who is adopted was unwanted. I believe there is only love in adoption. Even if the birth mother can’t say it or see it, there is only love." #BraveLove
Our Ambassador Valentine’s Party
On Thursday, February 13th, we celebrated an early Valentine’s with 130 of our Dallas Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors are those who have committed to helping us raise awareness that adoption is a loving option. And Valentine’s seemed like a fitting time to acknowledge this different kind of adoption love story.
Dream a Little Dream
"I thought my life was over, but little did I know, it was just beginning." #BraveLove
Philomena: a movie worth talking about
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (The Lost Child of Philomena Lee), the movie Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee, played by Judi Dench. Philomena got pregnant at a young age, which was something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of.
Introduced a birth mom to thousands last Saturday
Last Saturday, January 18th, we had the opportunity to speak at the Dallas March for Life Rally. It was an honor to be a part of this HUGE event in downtown Dallas and to get to talk about adoption to thousands. Literally, thousands.
A new year & 10 things every birth mother wants adoptive parents to know
While a birthmother’s experience after placement may be different in open versus closed adoptions, the process leading to the choice of adoption is much more likely to follow the same thread – love.
The Secret Inside Me
"In spite of my new love for the baby, keeping him never crossed my mind. But I knew I could no longer give him to just anyone. I owed this baby the best parents I could find him." #BraveLove
The Potter and Clay
Clay discovered that he was the center of one of the greatest acts of determination and heroism he’d ever heard of, and Priscilla re-opened the deepest wound of her childhood. #BraveLove
Someone Pinch Me
When I was growing up and planning my future, becoming a birth mother was never discussed with my guidance counselor. I would talk with friends about what we would “do” if we ever got pregnant. Abortion was never an option; raising it would be hard but maybe adoption would be a good choice. I have learned a few things since those days, the simpler days.
"An Important Part of Our Family"
"She is an important part of our family, and we always hold her in our hearts with great love and respect." #BraveLove
Sarah | A Birth Mom from Virginia
I think before I went through it, however, I never really thought about the birth mom and how that must feel for her. Not to mention, all the adoptions I was aware of were closed. Now my view of adoption is different
Dear Birth Mothers,
Today I’ve been swept away in my own reflections of the events from the last two years surrounding our daughter’s adoption story...
Oklahoma Launch Party - a success!
On Thursday, November 14, we launched this movement in Oklahoma! We gathered with about 175 of our closest friends in the Oklahoma City/Edmond/Nichols Hills area and shared the vision of BraveLove with the intention of raising adoption awareness.
To the Strongest Woman I Know,
I was yours for three days in the hospital and then my adoptive parents took me into their arms. You chose my parents to take me because you thought they were wonderful and caring people; I want to tell you that you’re right.