Allie 6 Years Later
"If the world knew the love, sacrifice and thought put forth by the birth parents, they wouldn't think of it as such a risky topic." - Allie #BraveLove
Jori 9 Years Later
Adoption CAN be amazing. Yes, I know that it isn't for every situation, but it can be open, raw, loving, kind, considerate, healing and so much more. It is not a one size fits all.
Wynter 17 Years Later
"Everyone impacted by adoption needs a strong community of love and support!" - Wynter #BraveLove
Tamra 20 Years Later
"The biggest lesson of the last few years is that fear is a thief! " - Tamra #BraveLove
Navigating the Emotions of Reconnecting After a Semi-Open Adoption
I have been a birth mom for 21 years and navigating what that journey looks like ever since. For a season, I didn’t share my journey, it was mine, and honestly, it was very personal. I didn’t want to invite anyone else into it; kind of like a kid with candy! I wanted to keep all the good stuff for myself.
I placed my daughter for adoption in 1996 when I was just 17 years old. During my pregnancy, I struggled with my adoption plan, but one look at her perfection, and the doubt was gone! She was perfect and deserved so much more than I was equipped to provide.
A Brief Look at Joy & Grief in Adoption
Of course, when I think about things for any length of time, I tend to see them in view of adoption. There is no moment in life that I can think of where joy and grief are more present (in an all-out battle, if you will) than during an adoption.
Freshman in College, Scared, Nervous & Alone — Shelbi's Story
"This wasn’t a moment to be selfish, it was a moment to be realistic about this child’s future." - Shelbi, birth mom, #BraveLove
The Bond Between Mothers — Charity's Story
"As a birth mom, I am forever grateful for my daughter's mother..." - Charity, birth mom, #BraveLove