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Why I Chose Adoption: Voices from Birth Moms

“My adoption story was born out of the greatest love a mother can ever feel for her child. I loved my son more than anything in this world. I loved him more than I loved myself.” - Heidi Russo

“Never in a million years did I think that I, of all people, would get pregnant and end up choosing adoption. But I’m so happy I did. It has made me so much stronger and made my outlook on life so much more different!” - Ashlee Amraen

“Adoption is the hardest thing you will probably ever do in your life. You feel like your heart is being ripped out. But if you are doing it for all the right reasons your life will be truly blessed forever.” - Laura Gladden

“You have just done one of the most courageous acts ever, be proud of that. Use the strength you have earned to go forward and be a positive influence to others and the world around you.” - Jenny Treanor

Why I Chose Adoption - Erin’s Story

“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be a birthmother. I saw women placing their child on television and never once took the perspective of the woman who carried the child for nine months then placed their baby girl/boy into the hands of a hopeful couple. I like to think I am great at placing myself in other's shoes and taking perspective on situations, but I think the media had shaped me to think more about the adoptee and adoptive parents because no one really talks about birthmothers…

This past year has been the most beautiful, painful year of my life. My son is my greatest accomplishment and I am so proud to be a part of his life. After graduating with my Master's Degree in Elementary Education, I placed my son for adoption. This year, I not only gained a son, but also his parents who I consider family. You may ask, ‘Why would you place after graduating with a degree?’ Well, I wanted him to grow up with an active father. I did not want to take his innocence by having him see a stressed-out single mother trying to make ends meet or a horrible custody battle between two people who live in different states. He now has a mom and a dad in the same house who he can run to in the middle of the night if he has a bad dream, he has a dad who will coach him in all the sports he will play, and he is able to grow up knowing what true love looks like.

Today, I am a 5th-grade ELA teacher in Georgia and love what I do. I have good days and bad days. I am lucky because I know where my son is and how he is doing. I am thankful every day for this gift and I look forward to sharing the ups and downs of this crazy roller coaster with you from here on out.”

We love stories like Erin’s and quotes from courageous women who have lovingly chosen a family for their child. We believe adoption can be a difficult yet empowering decision for expectant mothers who feel that they are not in a place to parent.

The Beauty of Adoption

Adoption gives women choices…

- The choice to continue her pregnancy - The choice of the type of family she wants her child to know - The choice of another loving home and a bright future

“Choosing life for my daughter and giving her the family she has is the single thing in my life that I am most proud of.” - Crystal Rae

If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy and are considering adoption, take the time to learn about all your options to figure out what is best for you. Placing a child for adoption is a huge sacrifice and takes courage and so much love. Sorting through the options of adoption, abortion, or parenting can be overwhelming, but you are not alone.

How We Can Help

We provide pregnancy testing, ultrasound confirmation, information on your pregnancy, and a safe place to explore all your options. All our services are confidential and free of charge.

Note: We are not an adoption agency. We provide referrals for adoption and support services during your pregnancy.




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