"Giving him a father was the main reason for me." — Maryellen's Story
I remember when I first found out I was pregnant, I was only 18 and so scared. I thought about my options and I knew adoption was one of them. A few months before I found out I was pregnant, a lady from my church shared how she adopted a baby boy and her story touched my heart.
Overwhelming Love Amidst an Unplanned Pregnancy — Carmen's Story
"How do you put a word to what a mom does when she places her child for adoption?" Carmen recalls the drama, joy, sorrow, peace, and the reasons why she decided to place her son for adoption.
Laura | A Birth Mom from Louisiana
Before my adoption, I didn’t really have any thoughts or opinions on adoption. At least none that I felt particularly strongly about, that I can remember. I knew it was something people did for various reasons, but it had never affected me directly so I had never put too much thought into it. I do remember that my sisters used to tease me that I was adopted and that never made me feel good. It was not something that I wanted to be true.
I Am Not Ashamed — Lydia's Story
Is it hard? Yes. Some days it still is. But I know that if I would have parented her things would have been even harder on my girls and that this is giving the baby her best chance.
So a few months after I turned 18 I gave birth to a baby girl. While I was pregnant, I didn't know much. But the one thing I knew was that I didn't want my daughter to feel like a burden just as I felt most of my life.
16, Pregnant and Nervous — Emily's Story
Leading up to my daughter’s birth, I was so nervous. I knew placing her for adoption was the right decision for me and for my baby. I also knew it was going to be very difficult, physically and emotionally.
"I had no family support"
"I get to see my children, talk to them and witness them growing up loved and happy with so many opportunities." - Sarah, birth mom #BraveLove
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
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
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.