How Emily's Adoption Hopes Became Reality
"We both desired an open adoption but what that looked like I don't think either of us knew. We both had hopes but could they be a reality?" - Emily, adoptive mom #BraveLove
Those Three Words: You Are Pregnant — Christine's Story
“You are pregnant.” I heard those three words at age 18 when I was just weeks into my freshman year of college. I was devastated. I was not ready to be a mom. I did not want to be a mom. I was so excited about my new life and future as a college student.
One Family's Adoption Story and Their Desire to Honor Birth Moms
Adoption is beautiful but is it also painful. The process that her birth mom went through was not without thought. Each time we had to have another paper signed, my heart ached for her and what she must be processing. Our joy was causing her immense suffering and loss. Something that I won’t forget.
Ana Almost 4 Years Later
Ana placed her son for adoption 3 and a half years ago. She shared her story with BraveLove about two years ago. So we're catching up and learning what her life looks like these days.
Hello, my name is Shelbi! Ever since becoming a birth mother, my entire life has changed! Adoption and being a birth mother is something that I am VERY passionate about!
Find Your Place with BraveLove
Since our inception, BraveLove's mission has been to change public perception of adoption by advocating for new vocabulary, educating on adoption today, and presenting a fresh perspective of birth moms' brave, loving, and intentional choice to place their child for adoption.
What's Your Part? Availability
"When you really don't have the answers and you can't fix it, the gift of being available to someone might be far greater." Watch this film as Laura and Sally recount how their friendship began and then developed during one of the most difficult times of Laura's life.
What's Your Part? Support
"Just love them because they've already judged themselves, you don't have to," said Paula, Carmen's mom. Watch this film as Carmen and her mom recount the journey which led them to adoption and impacted their relationship forever.
Watch how BraveLove has made an impact over the years
Watch how BraveLove has made an impact over the years...
Dear scared, pregnant, and alone:
My birth daughter turned six today. It feels like yesterday that I was reading that life-altering pregnancy test while crying on the bathroom floor. I remember feeling scared and alone, but what I remember most was having this overwhelming feeling of needing to get rid of my secret.
Considering Adoption While Pregnant — Laura's Story
"Adoption. The most beautiful resolution to a broken story." Watch Laura’s Story unfold as she finds peace and was given her voice back through an unexpected circumstance.
Growing up, Stephanie was the oldest of 6, an athlete, and a cheerleader. It was a crushing blow to her and her family when she discovered she was pregnant at age 15. Very few people knew this detail of her life. But as her family began to expand over time, she reveals how telling her story has allowed her to find the adoption support she had been missing.
"I had to let them go so that we could all live." — Aimee's Story
"I had to let them go so that we could all live." - Aimee, birth mom, #BraveLove
The Walls' & Dominique's Adoption — produced by The Archibald Project
In Texas a birth mother must wait 48 hours before she can legally place her child for adoption. Our friends at The Archibald Project documented a hopeful adoptive family AND a brave birth mother during those 48 hours. These 48 hours may change how you view adoption.
Amber Shares When She Experienced a Threshold Shift
But these stories don’t make media headlines day after day after day, and even if they did, the news couldn’t do it justice in a 60 second bit. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to do it justice in the hours it's going to take me to write this.
"Giving him a father was the main reason for me." — Maryellen's Story
I remember when I first found out I was pregnant, I was only 18 and so scared. I thought about my options and I knew adoption was one of them. A few months before I found out I was pregnant, a lady from my church shared how she adopted a baby boy and her story touched my heart.
Overwhelming Love Amidst an Unplanned Pregnancy — Carmen's Story
"How do you put a word to what a mom does when she places her child for adoption?" Carmen recalls the drama, joy, sorrow, peace, and the reasons why she decided to place her son for adoption.
Laura | A Birth Mom from Louisiana
Before my adoption, I didn’t really have any thoughts or opinions on adoption. At least none that I felt particularly strongly about, that I can remember. I knew it was something people did for various reasons, but it had never affected me directly so I had never put too much thought into it. I do remember that my sisters used to tease me that I was adopted and that never made me feel good. It was not something that I wanted to be true.
No One Knew — Haven's Story
"I was not prepared to be a mother, and I wanted so much more for her." - Haven, a birth mom #BraveLove
I Am Not Ashamed — Lydia's Story
Is it hard? Yes. Some days it still is. But I know that if I would have parented her things would have been even harder on my girls and that this is giving the baby her best chance.
Paola A Few Years Later
"It is messy and beautiful. I can't quite describe how rewarding and how challenging it can be, but it is both. And I would not change it for anything!"
Jenny 5 Years Later
"Adoption education is SO vital - for expectant women, prospective adoptive families, healthcare professionals, educators, the list goes on." - Jenny, adoptee #BraveLove
So a few months after I turned 18 I gave birth to a baby girl. While I was pregnant, I didn't know much. But the one thing I knew was that I didn't want my daughter to feel like a burden just as I felt most of my life.
Brooke 4 Years Later
"It is beautiful and hard at times for all parties." - Brooke, adoptee #BraveLove
A Father's Day Interview with Zach
It's hard knowing that my daughter is calling somebody else "daddy" but, ultimately, it's all part of the process, and in my opinion, more than anything, it teaches us, as fathers, how to be more resilient.