Love is in the thoughts of many at this time of year. Below is a Valentine’s Day story about a birth mother’s love for her child. Teresa made the courageous and loving decision to plan adoption for her child. She chose Debbie and Rick to be the parents of her baby boy. David was born on Valentine’s Day and placed into the arms of his adoptive parents. Adoption is love.
I decided to plan adoption for my child to give him something I couldn’t provide: two parents and a loving home. The love I have for him is unmeasurable. He was already loved and cherished, but I didn’t know how I would be able to take care of him when he was born. How would I provide for him? How would I have enough time to be an attentive parent? I didn’t have my own place to live or a decent job, so I had no idea how I would support a child. I loved David so much already, but I couldn’t give him the life he deserved.
Because I loved him so much, I decided to plan adoption. I called a couple of local adoption agencies and felt most comfortable with Adoption Associates. My caseworker was awesome. She was so compassionate. And, she understood. She had placed a baby with adoptive parents years earlier. I selected a family out of several profiles my caseworker showed me. When I met Debbie and Rick, I was nervous at first, but they were just normal people. They had similar interests to mine, and similar beliefs. I felt very confident that they would love my child and give him the life I couldn’t.
Near my delivery date, I began to dread the moment I would need to give David to his parents. But with the support and caring I received from my caseworker, I knew I could do what was best for him – and for me. I knew in my heart that this couple wanted so badly to be my child’s parents. I knew that they would love him forever. The day before Valentine’s Day, I started to have contractions. Debbie and Rick met me at the hospital and were there to hold their baby boy, David, when he came into this world on Valentine’s Day. Adoption is love. That is all I could think to myself as I watched them hold David.
Everyone at the adoption agency was supportive and encouraging, even after the adoption was final. This type of attention lets me know that it’s not just a job to them, but a committed mission of connecting families. Through the options they give you, like photos, family history, letters, meetings, etc., you know that your child will never have to feel adoption was a hasty decision, but that it was a loving one. Adoption is love.