Everyone has a story. And many men and women want to hear or read about others’ stories, in order to more fully understand their own. Over the next few pages, you can read real life stories—stories that have changed lives positively and negatively.
Stories from Birth Parents: Life is full of difficult decisions and tough choices. One of these difficult decisions is whether or not to place your child with an adoptive family. To make the best decision, it is important to be informed and knowledgeable about your options—because you do have options. These stories are from birth parents who have decided that placing their children was the best option for their specific situation. You’ll read more about their struggles while making a decision, how they made their decision, and the repercussions or after-effects of such a decision. You’ll get to read their story. Each story is different. Each story is unique. But they have a common thread that ties them together—becoming stronger afterward and regaining the mental and emotional fortitude to continue through their lives.
Stories from Women Who Have Considered or Had Abortions: There are many reasons why women chose to have abortions. It could be that they’ve experienced an unplanned pregnancy and don’t feel ready to not only raise a child but carry one. Or the pregnancy may be a result of incest or rape. Some women’s lives are at-risk with a pregnancy, and they decide to not risk their own health. The reasons are numerous and varying. Each woman has her own reasons. Just like deciding to place your child, deciding to abort isn’t an easy decision to make. It can be accompanied by guilt, uncertainty, or relief—all depending on each woman’s situation. These stories will discuss how they came to their decision, how to prepare, how to heal—emotionally and physically, and how to move forward. These stories will help you gain hope for the future and increase your knowledge that you do, in fact, have options.
Stories from Men and Women Who Have Parented Alone: Being a single parent can be hard. It requires patience, dedication, and hard work. It requires finding the right balance in your life, and sticking with it—for as long as it works adequately for you. Stories from these single parents will give you some tips and advice for your own situation. You’ll discover how they made it through the roughest parts of being a single parent. They will also share their greatest triumphs and joys that have come as a result of parenting alone.
Whichever your situation, you’ll find real life stories that can help you, that can guide you, that can inform you, and that can inspire you. Once you read through these stories, if you feel the need to share your own story, don’t hesitate. Send us an email. Your story could help someone else.
Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of Adoption.com.