At BraveLove, we're dedicated to erasing the stigmas of adoption, and a big part of that involves sharing stories that honor birth mothers. As we all know, adoption impacts birth parents, adoptive parents and the adoptee forever. That's why we love to stay connected with those who have shared their stories with BraveLove like Jenny who was adopted!
Jenny shared her story with BraveLove five years ago (see here). So we're catching up with her and learning what her life looks like these days.
How would you describe yourself today?
I am a wife, mom, college graduate (BSW), and HR analyst. I am so happy and fulfilled!
What do your days look like?
So much has changed in five years! At the time of my first Q&A with BraveLove, I was just starting my social work degree with the goal of working in the adoption field. Since then, I moved to my home state to be closer to my family (birth and adoptive), married my awesome husband, finished my Bachelor's degree in Social Work, became involved with a local adoption agency, furthered my career in HR, and gave birth to my first child, Maryn!
I spend my weekdays working for a non-profit organization - I am an HR analyst and my role focuses on collecting and analyzing people data. I'm a self-proclaimed "People Geek," and I love my job and my coworkers. My evenings are usually spent at home with my husband, our daughter, and our dogs. Weekends are reserved for spending time with family and friends and soaking up all the time I can with my sweet girl!
Knowing what you know today, what would you tell yourself 5 years ago?
I would tell myself that all my hard work would pay off.
What do you want the world to know about adoption?
1. Adoption is not just a one-time experience; it is a lifelong journey for everyone involved - birth families, adoptive families, and adoptees.
2. Adoption education is SO vital - for expectant women, prospective adoptive families, healthcare professionals, educators, the list goes on.
3. Using positive adoption language (i.e. "place for adoption" vs. "give up", "birth/first mother" vs. "real mother") helps combat misconceptions about adoption and shows respect to those touched by adoption.
What keeps you up at night?
Thinking about what I can do to ensure that my daughter a) grows up to be a strong, confident, respectful, open-minded, and independent woman and b) is able to live in a better world than what we're in today.
What are you looking forward to this year?
I am most looking forward to watching my daughter grow, learn, and explore the world!