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Kami's Adoption Journey

Birth mother, Kami, recently answered questions about the adoption plan she made for her child as well as how she feels about adoption today.

Q. Kami, is there a specific memory that sticks out in your mind about your Gladney adoption story. How did you feel, and what did it mean to you?

Five years ago, I placed my daughter. You’d think what stuck out the most would be the day I signed the papers, but it’s not. The day I remember vividly is meeting the adoptive parents. We were all nervous I’m sure. I remember being in a sea of people just watching and waiting to see if I saw the faces that I had watched on repeat from their “about me” video. That’s when they walked in, both tall, gorgeous and exactly what I expected. I remember the Christmas trees that were around us in the restaurant and the Christmas tree that was in the giant snow globe they gifted me, it still sits out every year and will now be a way to incorporate adoption into every Christmas. I remember standing outside after lunch and asking the adoptive mom if she would be in the delivery room. I remember the tears and the pain and joy all in one single moment. If there was ever a moment that described adoption perfectly that was it—beautiful, full of love, and full of pain.

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We Want To Adopt

When you start to think about adoption as an option for the child you are carrying, the next thought is probably, "Who will I place my child with?". We know that you want the absolute best for your baby. You want your baby to have emotional support, financial stability, and lots and lots of love.

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Looking Into Adoption After Giving Birth

If you are a birth parent considering adoption for your child, start with research about the adoption process. Reach out and contact an Options Counselor. They can give you information surrounding adoption through phone calls, live chats, emails, or by filling out a contact form. Talking to an Options Counselor does not mean that you have decided on adoption. However, it is beneficial to talk to someone who cares for you and your child’s well-being and can help if you are going through a difficult time.

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The Adoption Services Gladney Offers

Gladney offers numerous adoption services throughout the adoption process and afterwards. Expectant mothers have access to an options counselor who offers information about adoption, helps to put together personal adoption and delivery plans, and helps to plan for the future. After delivery, there are also options through the Next Steps program and the “Family Loving Decisions Workshop” for one-on-one counseling, support groups, and counseling for the birth mother’s family/birth father.
 
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Celebrating Birth Moms During National Adoption Month

Earlier this month we held A Party At Gatsby's to raise awareness about adoption and to celebrate during National Adoption Month. A sweet moment happened between two birth mothers and an adoptive mom who attended the event. 

Words from Katie, a Gladney Birth Mother:

"Gatsby always makes sure his celebrations are the thing to talk about. Well, just like Gatsby, we believe there’s something to celebrate and talk about. November is National Adoption Month, and Muthoni and I believe not only in spreading Adoption positivity, but that birth moms should also be celebrated. Did you know that while the stereotype of birth moms, is a young adult in crisis who didn’t want her baby, most birth mamas look like M and I? Normal women who were faced with an unplanned pregnancy and decided to make a plan so their babies would have such full and promising lives. Not because they weren’t wanted, but because we knew it was the best choice for us as a whole. Adoption is something to be celebrated because it not only tells of a loving family, but the love of a strong woman who started the story. {btw—the best part of tonight was having an adoptive mom come up to us overjoyed to share that she heard us tell our stories at a Gladney adoption orientation, and proceeded to celebrate with us as she told us they recently adopted their sweet baby afterwards. It means the world to hear that our stories matter and that people connect with us through them.} 💜#birthmomstrong #iamGladney#ApartyAtGatsbys"

We asked Cristina, the Adoptive Mom, about their conversation and she said "it was so nice to see them again and see that they are really part of the Gladney Family! I told them I was at a Gladney Orientation and I wanted to thank them for being so open and for how they shared their hearts so openly with everyone. Then we talked about their interaction with their adoptive parents because I wanted reassurance from their perspectives that I'm doing this right."

 

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How Do I Give my Child Up For Adoption?

Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. When you make the decision of adoption you are putting the needs of your child above the wants of your heart and that takes tremendous amounts of courage and is the greatest example of sacrificial love. We want you to know good things will come from this and you are not alone.

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