It's not easy to place a child and to decide that you're going to let another man be the father figure in their life.
"Let me Meet My Son Again One More Time" — Robyn's Story
"Right after my birthday in late September I received the phone call I had prayed for. My son wanted to meet me."
Preview of Rick's Story (short)
"At 16 the thought of being a father when I could barely change my own tire was just completely overwhelming."
Expectations in Adoption
We like to plan…to not feel surprised. Unfortunately things don’t always go according to how we anticipate. How do we deal with these things? How do we deal with the consequences that come with situations not turning out the way we predicted? When it comes to adoption stories, we want to foresee the outcome, but the reality is, there is no way to know fully how they will actually turn out.
After meeting Abby, there are two things we know for sure - she is a proud birth mom and loves her son with all of her heart!
Still Saying "Still"
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I respond to people when they find out that I’m a birth mother. It’s interesting to think about my natural response because it tells me a lot about myself.
It takes a lot of humility, sacrifice and courage to choose adoption. A mother’s decision to place for adoption is not easy and does not mean she did not want or love her child. But sometimes the world says otherwise. Every person's story is different, personal and their own.
When I stepped into an adoption plan as an expectant parent I thought, “I’m going to do the very best for my baby and then, it will be over.” There is a lot of parenting on the front end. I decided who would raise him, how well I took care of him, if I would (or would not) take him to the doctor in the womb, give him prenatal vitamins, etc. Lots of parenting decisions.
What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then
"You can't read an adoption story without a then and now. The world sees an event where the adoption community knows evolution."
"Hey there! I’m Michelle, a wife, mom, birth mom, adoption professional, friend, and writer. Most of what I write is adoption related. Why? I’m glad you asked."
Book Review - Reunited
We're kicking off our very own BraveLove Book Club this summer, reading through some classic and not-so classic books about adoption. We want you to know what adoption books are good, practical, poignant, or just great page-turners. Here is our first book and a brief review of what we thought... Note: There are no spoilers in this book club!
It was all for you
For my birth son, A decision so selfless, a love so pure. You were a gift from the Lord and a blessing for her.
Never Meant He Was Unloved or Unwanted — Allie's Story
You share your title as a mother with another woman along with a bond no one else understands. I knew that placing meant being in the presence of true love. Placing means taking an unplanned situation and turning it into a gift for everyone.
What's your favorite part about being adopted?
We asked a few adoptees some questions, and we're sharing their honest answers. Watch this short video then tell us in the comments below what your favorite part about being adopted is.
What's your favorite thing to do with your family?
What's your favorite thing to do with your family? We asked a few adoptees some questions and we're sharing their honest answers.
Behind the Scenes: The Making of (un)Wanted
We can acknowledge the love and bravery surrounding adoption. But sometimes it's easy to forget (or even easier to gloss over) the realities that adoption can be hard, complicated, and even messy for those involved. So we set out to do that with our latest video project - ask some of the hard questions and be prepared for some honest responses. Watch this short clip of what's to come.
That's My Girl
"I will do anything to give you everything in life, even if that means it's not with me." #BraveLove
When do you feel most loved?
We asked a few adoptees some questions and we're sharing their honest answers. In this video we asked this. When do you feel most loved?