"I couldn't do it on my own... I felt ashamed and guilty."
Ashleigh was homeless, between jobs, and had little support. Parenting felt very overwhelming and she desired more for herself and her child. This is Ashleigh's story and why she chose adoption.
"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 Beauty and Pain of Adoption
"Adoption is just as beautiful as it is painful. Another mother completely broke her heart by placing her child, and in turn mended my broken pieces, and gave me the gift of becoming a mother." - Laura, Adoptive Mom
"This is about mothers my age who have been ashamed."
Terri placed her son for adoption, never knowing if she would see him again. Eighteen years later, their reunification has helped her overcome shame and stigma she has felt due to her choice to place. This is Terri's story and why she chose adoption.
Healing Isn't Linear - Robin's Story
"As an adoptee, I always struggled with wanting to know who I looked like." - Robin, Adoptee
Lydia's Update: Keeping Promises 6 Years Later
It’s been almost 6 years since I placed my sweet daughter into the arms of the woman, she would call “mommy." Since that day, I’ve felt immense amounts of sorrow, and yet tremendous joy.
A Real Extended Family Relationship
Yet at each turn of our journey, our walls were broken down and this theoretical “open adoption” became a real woman. A real child. And, ultimately, a real extended family relationship.
Courtney's Rules: How one birth mom gets through Mother's Day
You see, when the month of flowers arrives, a barrage of commercials and songs and questions come flying, “what are you doing for Mother’s Day?”. This is a difficult time for me in more than one way.
A Good and Hard Decision: Malynn's Story
"I hope one day my birth son will understand my decision and be grateful for the heart-wrenching decision I made to make his life better." - Malynn, birth mom
Lemons to Lemonade: Delora's Story
"She was so kind and gracious to me, asking me how the delivery was and how I was feeling. She made me feel seen.." - Delora, birth mom
Dear Birth Mom: One More Conversation with You
"Having my children now, I can't imagine how you struggled over my adoption. The pain and sadness that you endured. I hope someone was there for you." - Brandi, adoptee #BraveLove