BraveLove is a pro-adoption movement dedicated to changing the perception of adoption by acknowledging birth moms for their brave choice. Regardless of religious or political affiliation, BraveLove welcomes the support of anyone who acknowledges adoption as courageous.
Posted on February 19, 2015
Recently the National Council for Adoption hosted a webinar called "What We Want Adoption Professionals to Know" and invited two birth mothers, Jan and Heather, to participate on the panel. We had to listen in to what our friends were saying! The women shared their personal adoption stories and then specifically discussed the role of a birth mother and the reality of a birth mother’s grief.
Posted on August 13, 2014
An adoptive mother recently introduced us to a children’s book called There’s NO Such Thing as a Dragon.
“Billy Bixbee was rather surprised when he woke up one morning and found a dragon in his room. It was a small dragon, about the size of a kitten.”
Billy goes downstairs to tell his mother, but she insists that there’s no such thing as a dragon! Billy goes back to his room to get dressed and the dragon comes close to Billy wagging its tail. Billy doesn’t give the dragon any attention, because, if there is no such thing as a dragon, then it is silly to pay any attention to it. As the story progresses, the dragon continues to grow larger and follow Billy around wherever he goes, all the while growing at a rapid pace. The mother insists the dragon does not exist, but has to make accommodations to clean the house around the dragon because it has grown so large that there is nowhere in the house the dragon isn’t. The dragon eventually outgrows the house and when it takes off running down the street, it takes the entire house, Billy and his mother included, along with it. When Billy’s dad comes home, he of course notices that the house is gone. He immediately goes looking for it and when he finally finds it, he has to climb over the dragon’s head to make a way into his own home. He asks Billy and his mother what happened and Billy says, “It was the dragon.” His mother starts to say “There’s no such thing….” but Billy interjects and says, “There IS a dragon! A very BIG dragon!” Billy then pats the dragon on the head and even faster than it had grown, the dragon shrinks down to the size of a kitten again. The end of the story reads…
Posted on July 11, 2014
One of the ways we can spread a positive adoption message is to intentionally change our language surrounding adoption. Many of us are accustomed to the term give up your child for adoption. When we take a moment to think about the implications of this phrase, we realize that a birth mother might be “giving up” a lot, but she is by no means “giving up” on her child.
We had to share this article from our friends over at Adoption.com, which sheds some great light on the importance of understanding the words we use when talking or writing about adoption...
Posted on July 09, 2014
In a recent conversation, an adoptive mother shared with us about her daughter’s reunion experience. Her daughter and birth mother had been reunited after 18 years. When asked the question by others, “Didn’t you feel threatened witnessing your daughter meeting her birth mother for the first time?” Her response was an immediate “No, absolutely not. Would you feel threatened if your daughter had a hole in her heart her entire life, and you found the one individual who could fill that hole?”
Posted on May 06, 2014
Meet Janelle. In 1993, she found herself facing the many burdens and decisions that accompany an unplanned pregnancy. Feeling as if she needed extra support, she chose to move into the Liberty Godparent Home for the duration of her pregnancy. It was there that she decided that adoption was the best option for her child and made the brave decision to pursue a placement plan while working with Family Life Services Adoption Agency.
Posted on March 31, 2014
A guest writer from Healthline.com shares some of the long-term benefits of open adoption. Here’s an excerpt from her article:
“...Open adoption has been shown to hold many benefits for all involved, and this is the case when it comes to the child’s health too. Along with the benefits related to the adoptee’s emotional health, open adoption can also have a positive impact on their physical health."
Posted on January 10, 2014
Time really does fly. We can hardly believe that 2013 has come and gone. As we enter 2014, here are some of our hopes and resolutions for the year ahead plus one of our favorite articles to date. In 2014, we hope to...
Posted on October 02, 2013
Why Grace cares about this adoption movement:
"A few years ago a friend of mine had an unplanned pregnancy. She and her boyfriend struggled to raise their baby themselves because they didn’t understand the blessing that adoption can be.
I care about BraveLove because I want all birth mothers to know that far from being something to be ashamed of or “giving up,” adoption is both courageous and selfless, and one of the most loving acts a birth mother can do for her baby."
FYI. In the past year, we’ve gotten to know Grace and have been blown away by her desire to just help out. Did you go the 5K adoption fun run earlier this spring? If so, you saw Grace!
Posted on September 23, 2013
Why Erica cares about this adoption movement:
"Having observed the anxiety that can strike a woman in an unplanned pregnancy and after walking the road with a brave & loving birth mother, BraveLove absolutely matters! I’ve witnessed the encouragement and hope BraveLove offered this birth mother throughout her pregnancy and thereafter."
FYI. Erica is usually the one behind the lens so it’s rarity that we get to feature a photo of her! She’s friends with this mom, and happens to be the one who got us hooked on this song. Thanks for sharing, Erica!