"Adoption is Brave" - Kelsey's Story
For the first time in a long time I wasn't thinking about myself, I chose Abel. With the amount of drug exposure, there was I had only ONE family to choose from.
No Such Thing As Unplanned - Annie's Story
My biological parents were seventeen years old when they found out they were pregnant with me, and they were in high school at the time. When they found out, my birth father wanted an abortion. He actually told my birth mother if she didn't get an abortion that he would leave her. Keep reading the rest of this adoption story by Annie.
I knew that adoption was my final decision. - Miriam's Story
"I want my story to reach out to people who may or may not be in this type of situation, but hopefully will help people understand the importance of adoption." - Miriam, birth mom
How BraveLove is Changing the Narrative
Someone once described adoption as a constellation. The idea is that people beyond the birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees are also impacted by adoption. Watch this video to find out how BraveLove is shaping culture and changing narratives even beyond the adoption triad.
How to Navigate a Very Open Adoption
With adoption as my option, I never considered how open it could be. In fact, my idea of “very open” wasn’t all that open at all. I never dreamed that my adoption would be where it is today.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
"Four days that I will never forget. I’ll never forget the pain, both mentally and physically." Keep reading as Shelbi explains there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Conversations on Open Adoption - Alison and Sherri, Part I
When Alison placed her daughter Peyton with a loving couple 23 years ago, they could never have predicted how their story of open adoption would unfold. Watch this conversation with her daughter's adoptive mom.
Conversations on Open Adoption - Brindan and Jen, Part I
How does that work? Won’t that be hard when they get older? Aren’t you afraid the birth mom will want her child back? These are just some of the questions that Jen gets asked about the relationship with her daughter's birth mom, Brindan.
"It has all come full circle. Adoption is beautiful. It wasn't always happy go lucky." - Emily's Story
"It has all come full circle. Adoption is beautiful. It wasn't always happy go lucky...The beauty of open adoption. There is always a window to see that everything is ok." - Emily, birth mom #BraveLove
Conversations on Open Adoption - Kandice and Alex, Part I
There's not a step-by-step guide on how to do open adoption. But it can be helpful to hear how people are navigating this unique family relationship. We asked a few different birth moms and their children's adoptive moms to share some of their fears, insecurities, and lessons learned. We captured that on film so that you can see for yourself.
The Sweetest Gift
"That’s the paradox that is adoption. On one side, it is beautiful and celebrated and the new baby is welcomed with open arms. On the other, there is a grief over the loss that extends to your entire family. " - Ashley, adoptive mom #BraveLove
When You're Already Parenting — Dominique's Story
When Dominique, a single mom, found out she was pregnant, she felt stuck. She was doing ok parenting one child, but what was it going to look like to now financially support two? Her first thought was to have an abortion or try to parent another child.