A Birthmother’s Reflection: Geanetta

My decision to plan adoption for my baby was the most difficult decision of my life. Already having three children at home and unexpectedly becoming a single parent, I knew that I would not be able to support a fourth child. I had not only just lost my significant other, but I was also laid off from my job of five years. My job was [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Geanetta 2017-06-12T17:42:07+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Kelly

My adoption story is complex. I faced my unplanned pregnancy when I was in the middle of a divorce. My ex-husband and I had been separated for quite awhile. I already had a two and a half year old daughter and I knew that there was no way that I could raise another child on my own. During the short time we were together, I [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Kelly 2017-06-12T17:42:13+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Crystal

I was 24 years old when I found out I was pregnant and I already had a 13 month old daughter at home. I had been separated from my husband for eight months at the time I got pregnant. He was not the father of the baby. Due to one poor choice that I later regretted, I did not know who the birth father was. [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Crystal 2017-06-12T17:42:17+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Sabrina

I had only been going out with the birth father for a couple of months when I discovered I was pregnant. At the time, I was twenty-five and already the mother of two children, one of which has special needs. I knew that I was not financially or emotionally able or ready to parent another child, and I began to wonder what my other children [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Sabrina 2017-06-12T17:42:22+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Connie

I was forty-two years old when I found out I was pregnant. Divorced with four children, I was living paycheck to paycheck with my teenage daughter in a small two bedroom apartment. I had a low paying job and no health insurance. When I took an at-home pregnancy test and it came out positive, I thought it had to be wrong. The next day I [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Connie 2017-06-12T17:42:27+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Kristina

I chose adoption for my daughters when I was twenty-three. I was raised by a single mother who was an alcoholic. She fancied abusive relationships, and moving was like breathing for us. She died in a car accident when I was seventeen; the drunk driver that killed her was herself. With no family to speak of, I soon was headed in the same direction. To [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Kristina 2017-06-12T17:42:33+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Ashley

At the beginning of my sophomore year in college, I was headed down a dangerous path. I had my own apartment, I could drink and go out partying whenever I wanted, and I had a boyfriend from my hometown who wasn’t going down the right path. An A student in high school, my grade point average soon shot down to a 1.9. That semester, I [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Ashley 2017-06-12T17:41:29+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Sarah

I was 23 and already had one child when I found out I was pregnant again. I was in shock. I must have taken four or five tests just to be sure. I didn’t want to disappoint my family and friends, and I was terrified they would disown me. I was afraid because I didn’t know how I was going to handle raising another baby. [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Sarah 2017-06-12T17:42:42+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Jennifer

I was seventeen and still in my senior year of high school when I found out I was pregnant. At first, I was scared and I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was dating the father of my child, but we broke up soon after I discovered I was pregnant. I knew he wouldn’t be in the picture anymore. I didn’t want [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Jennifer 2017-06-12T17:42:48+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Emily

When I found out I was pregnant, I was twenty years old, living at home, and unemployed. An unplanned pregnancy was the last thing that I ever thought would happen to me, and I must have taken six pregnancy tests to be sure. I didn’t tell my parents right away because I knew that they would be upset with me, and I thought it would [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Emily 2017-06-12T17:42:55+00:00
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