Changing the Stigmas of Adoption by Sharing Real Stories
"When people are able to see a real person's story whether it's read or in a video, they're able to say 'oh, there's someone else like me. I'm not alone in this.'" Watch this short video to understand how BraveLove educates.
Adoptees Say Thank You
Watch what these individuals have to say about their lives today and how they've been impacted by adoption.
"You are a mother"
Five months after Alison placed her daughter for adoption, her mom gave her a Mother's Day gift. She questioned her, "Well, why am I getting this?" Her mother reminded her, "Because you are a mother. You're just a different kind of mother than some other mothers."
Webisode #11 - Where is Jennifer now?
Remember the film (un)Wanted? Jennifer was involved and we're catching up with her. She is both a birth mom and adoptive mom who understands the complexities of adoption. She shares some great advice and encouragement as she talks about hope, competition, and social media.
Webisode #10 - Where is Carmen now?
Remember the film Overwhelming Love? We're catching up with Carmen and her mom Paula so you can hear what's going on in their worlds since it's been over 18 years since Carmen placed her son for adoption.
Not Every Mother
Not every mother can be a mom, and not every mom gets to be a mother. It doesn't seem fair, but life can be like that. And we all just do what we can with the hand we've been dealt. But maybe every once in a while....
Webisode #9 - It's been over six years, where is Sarah now?
Adoption is a lifelong journey, to say the least. We try our best to stay in touch with those who have shared their story with us over the years. That's why we've decided to feature some of those conversations in this special series we're calling Where Are They Now? Remember Sarah's Story? We're catching up with Sarah...
Webisode #8 - Questions to Ask Yourself Before Sharing Your Story
At BraveLove, storytelling is core to our work. We believe stories can inspire and educate. But if mishandled, they can harm and even exploit individuals. Within the context of adoption, there are lots of people involved in a story - the child, the birth parents, the adoptive parents, extended family, etc. So who's story is it to even share?
Webisode #7 - Post Adoption Support for Birth Moms
Gloria placed her daughter for adoption six years ago and worked with Bethany Christian Services. She continues to stay in touch with the agency. But it wasn't until a few years ago when she reached out for help to Lizzie, her counselor. Watch this webisode to discover what followed.
From Love and Back Again — Clay's Story
Clay spent years trying to perform to get people to pick him, because of the fact that at his earliest moment, he fundamentally perceived he wasn’t chosen. As an adoptive father, Clay found a connection point with his son on wrestling with your identity. Years later, when Clay's birth mom Priscilla reached out to pursue a relationship with him, Clay was overwhelmed. Watch to discover what happened next.