The Bond Between Mothers — Charity's Story
"As a birth mom, I am forever grateful for my daughter's mother..." - Charity, birth mom, #BraveLove
I Was Scared that if I Held Her I'd Never Let Her Go — Laurisa's Story
"My gratitude has outweighed any negative feeling that surfaces when grieving." - Laurisa, birth mom, #BraveLove
Birth Mom Connections
There are times I need another person in the room to just know. There is something holy about community. To have your people who know you and get you and give you a space to be and think and speak. It’s a lot of ands. There’s not just one benefit but many.
Valentine's - Digital Media Kit
One day an 8th grader named Olivia emailed BraveLove and said she wanted to do something to support birth mothers because her family had been touched by adoption. With her school's permission, she educated her classmates on adoption and encouraged them to write letters to birth mothers acknowledging them for their love and courage. A few months later, we received over 50 letters from Olivia's class and mailed them to hundreds of birth mothers across the country. Here's how you can help.
If It Were Not For Her — An Adoptee's Perspective on Life and Why She Shares Her Story
"She changed the course of my life and gave me a family, friends, and community of love." - an adoptee, #BraveLove
A Letter to a Younger Me
This letter is intended to reach birth mothers who don’t quite understand their emotions yet of a new placement or even an old one.
"You name it and I've felt it" — a birth mother's story
At 15, I found myself 4 months pregnant. I was lost, ashamed, terrified, and absolutely in love with the life growing inside me.
Paige | An adoptee from Ohio
"You were ahead of your time and I’ve never held anger toward you." - Paige
Hey there, I'm Allie! I am a birth mother, wife, daughter, blogger, manager and dog mom. My favorite nickname I have is "Mama Allie" which was given to me by the most precious little boy I've ever laid eyes on. I placed my son 6 years ago as of December 2017.
Why It's Important to Share Your Adoption Story — Stephanie's Journey
My biggest sharing moment came about 22 years ago. A good friend of ours was my OB/GYN (he actually delivered my daughter). I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but I shared my story with him in the hope that if he ever had a patient that needed to hear “another side of a pregnancy story”, I could be helpful.
Zachary | A birth father from Georgia
Realizing that I wouldn’t be able to provide for her in the way I felt my daughter deserved was ultimately what led to my decision to adopt. I talked to my parents about it, and they agreed that it would be difficult with me being in the military and raising her on my own. I didn’t think that it would be fair to my daughter to struggle, and I didn’t want to leave her without her father if I had been deployed, and something would have happened to me.
My Choice Wasn't Easy — Jess's Story
Let me take you back to December 2016 and finding out I was pregnant, immediately dropping to my knees knowing at 23, parenting two kids on my own already, having a full-time job, and attending college, there was no way I could have another child. I knew at that time adoption was my only option.