When the word got out I was 19 single and expecting, so many people wanted to share their opinions on what I should or shouldn’t do; whether it was to my face or behind my back. I felt pressure everywhere I turned: so many people either telling me how selfish I was for making the decision to place, asking me to place my son for
This morning, 400,000 children woke up in America wondering, "Is today the day?"
Which day? The day they might finally find a "Forever Family."
These 400,000 children are in the American foster care system.
They may have entered the system a few weeks ago ---or a few years ago. This may be their first foster home — or their fifth. They may have been placed with their brothers or
The other day, I started looking through my pictures on Shutterfly from a time before my son. The way I dressed. The way that I carried myself. The wayward look on my face. It seems so obvious now. I just looked… so… lost.. Incomplete. I closed down the browser and saw my favorite picture of my son and I from the hospital staring back at
When I was young whenever I would think what I wanted to do when I grew up I always wanted to be a mother. I went through all the steps in my life, graduated high school, went to college, got married, graduated college and worked. The next step was to have a baby and to become what I wanted to be for so long, a
Written by Birth Parent, Tamra Hyde
I sometimes hear adoptive parents, especially new ones, expressing concern and frustration about knowing how to navigate relationships with birthparents, especially when the 2 parties may find they are on different pages in regard to boundaries and expectations.
I have observed a few things that seem pretty consistent to most open adoptions–
Birth parents who feel confident and secure in the relationship
Post written by a Forever Bound Staff member-
Today I heard the words "when people hear adoption they get curious and want to know details." A birth mother once shared with me that a neighbor told her "you made a huge mistake by placing." I've heard of adoptive parents being asked "do you think you could ever love someone else's child as much as your own."
Every adoption story is different. For some birth mothers, adoption is the most obvious option, while others spend a lot of time searching and pondering. For me, adoption was more obvious, but it was still the most difficult decision I will ever make. However, my life has been greatly blessed because of this decision. When I found that I was pregnant, I was in shock and
Many adoptive couples choose to celebrate their child's life two days of the year. An adopted child has a celebration for the day they came into this world AND the day they came into their adoptive family. Celebrate Zola’s Gotcha Day with her!
In this 1 minute video Kristie shares the hard times and the joy of her journey in adoption. This video is titled 'A Changed Life'. Isn't it interesting that when our lives change it usually comes from a challenge and a joy?