When You Work in Adoption
When you work in adoption, you learn a lot about people. You see people (whether they're placing or adopting) at their worst and at their best, and you are often humbled by how far loving parents will go to give children a better life than they themselves even had.
Downton Abbey and its adoption story
(SPOILER ALERT) It's undeniable that adoption storylines are becoming more prevalent in television shows and movies. Some producers do it well, some poorly, and others are improving (progress)! We believe it's important to use media to show the reality of what adoption is today. Why? Because millions of people are watching, and media informs, educates and influences our perceptions, whether we like it or not. So what did we think about Downton Abbey's adoption storyline?
Are you watching TLC's Long Lost Family?
TLC's new TV series Long Lost Family premiered this week (Sundays 10/9C), and we can't stop thinking about it. The documentary series features family members trying to reunite with birthparents, biological families, or children placed for adoption. In the premiere, we watched two different stories unfold...
Jessica shares on grief, shame & openness in adoption
I have found there to be three important themes related to the adoption journey - grief, shame, and openness. I have come to this conclusion because I am a birth mom and this is my story...
To the woman who gave birth to me,
"My genes and blood live on with one, love and opportunities live with my other."
We believe that adoption is not the end, but the beginning of a beautiful and often difficult journey. We want to share your greatest wishes as a way to encourage birth moms during what has the potential to be a difficult season.
They were truly the light that helped overcome such a dark time in my life. I didn’t “lose” Olivia, if anything I gained three of the most beautiful people, inside and out, that I am so grateful to have in my life. They have become two of the people I want to share my happiest news with and who I lean on for support during more trying times.
Shawn & Cheryl | Adoptive Parents from Tennessee
Olivia is blessed to have so many people that love her. She will grow up healthy and confident because of all that love!
Single parenting for 7 weeks reinforced my adoption decision
I placed my daughter Zoe for adoption 11 years ago. I was 17 at the time and ready for my senior year in high school, and Zoe’s birth dad was 23. I decided I wanted to place her for adoption as I knew I wasn’t able to provide for her the way a parent needs to.
The Courage Behind Telling Your Story
It takes an immense amount of courage for someone to share their personal story with the world. In honor of National Adoption Month, we honored to share three very courageous stories. Sarah, Adrianne, and Hannah are three birth moms who have all taken a very brave step in sharing their powerful, honest story of their adoption experience.
Relive the night - A Brave New City
Last Thursday, October 15th, we celebrated "A Brave New City" with over 200 new and old friends in Dallas, Texas. Watch this short video to get a glimpse of what the night entailed. A big thanks to all those who attended plus our amazing event sponsors, special guests, volunteers, and honorary speaker. We couldn't have done it without each of you.
It was time for me to be brave — Keven's story of becoming a dad
I have always wanted to be a father. Even as a child I would think about what it would be like when, one day, I have a child of my own. I thought of the things I would like to pass down to them, the experiences, the memories I would like to create with them, my faith, my fanboy level love of Superman. The one thing that never crossed my mind was adoption.
Sara | An Adoptive Mom from Texas
"As a child, I would have never dreamed I would adopt, but after several years of marriage it became very apparent that God had built us for just that."
So Much Pain to Bring Me So Much Joy — Marissa's Story of Becoming a Mom
I longed to be a mother, and I had an emptiness that I so desperately wanted to be filled. But I didn’t realize that it was important for me to grieve for the children I could never bear.
When Adrianne found out she was pregnant she thought her life was over. She never imagined adoption being an option for her. It wasn't until her mom placed a packet of information about adoption on her bed that she realized the pros of adoption actually outweighed the cons. Watch as she shares with us how she chose parents for her son, where this relationship is today, and talks more about those who helped her along the way.
"I helped make this happen" — Brian's Story as a Birth Father
"Seeing them with Micah brings me great pride, I helped make this happen. I have dreams about all of us getting together as we watch Micah grow. One big unusual...yet perfectly normal family." #BraveLove
Ana | A Birth Mom from Texas
"I was afraid that adoption was still closed like it used to be because if it was I wouldn’t have gone with this option. I couldn’t imagine not being a part of my son’s life. Afterward, I believe adoption is a Godsend and I am incredibly blessed to be a part of this amazing community."
We Want to Be Able To Answer the Inevitable Questions — Tiffany's Story
"We want him to know that we did what was not only best, but also most difficult, because we love him." #BraveLove
To My Son,
When I found out I was pregnant, my boyfriend and I considered marriage, raising the child together, but through the support and counsel of family and friends, came to the conclusion we should not get married just because I had gotten pregnant.
Ashley | A Birth Mom from Texas
"I wanted my child to have a mother and father who could fully provide financial and emotional support. As my child would have lacked both, I made the choice as a mother to give my child the life they deserved."
Melanie | An Adoptee from Texas
"....And that makes sense to me and how I just always knew I was adopted, it was just a simple part of my every day."
Hannah was juggling life as a busy high schooler - friends, family, track, schoolwork, a boyfriend. Then once she discovered she was pregnant, life slowed down. Watch her story unfold as she details her emotions, the decision-making process, and then even the surprises along the way.
The Agape Project
The Agape Project began with an adoptive mom who wanted to created an awareness video to educate others on adoption. Listen to what these birth mothers have to say and what they want their children to know.
Sarah's Story of Hope
In this video, Sarah details her adoption story - from going to the pregnancy center, to working with her social worker, to even her own personal faith journey.
A single mom once made a difficult and loving decision to place her daughter for adoption. It was out of her deep love for her daughter and her other children that she chose adoption. Watch this video as it documents the journey before, during and after her baby's birth.