Jessica is a very special client. Please watch her journey from homelessness, to foster care, to birth mother and finally to a student at UC Berkeley. Her story ignites hope and the promise of a very bright future for not only herself but her beautiful baby son as well. Jessica is Gladney!
Everything happens for a reason. I’ve told myself that just about every day for the past six months. To say that my life was turned upside down a year ago is an understatement; my life did a gold medal-earning Olympic Triple Full Layout in about .5 seconds. But you know what? It happened for a reason.
I met Sam while I was homeless in the summer of 2008. He offered to let me stay at his dad’s house with him so I wouldn’t have to sleep outside again. We got along great. After a few days we became a couple. Everything was going good. I finally found a job and so did he. Everything was coming together finally. I was actually happy.
My name is Andrew and I am a birth father. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and I was placed for adoption by my birth mother and then adopted by my mom and dad. They are the two most wonderful people I could have ever asked for. I love my mom and dad and I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it were not for them.
I found out when I was six weeks along. Around the same time I got pregnant I was involved in a fatality accident, which was deemed not my fault. But due to the accident I was heavily medicated on psychotropic drugs. Once the doctor confirmed me I was pregnant I was immediately taken off the medication. Right away my parents said they wouldn’t be able to help me and I should consider adoption.
My name is Cari, I’m 33 years old and I’m a Gladney birth mom of a beautiful 14-year-old girl. My journey started when I was 18 years old and a freshman in college. I grew up in a middle class family, my parents divorced, and I moved away from what I knew as “home” when I was in 4th grade. I somehow found myself in the “popular crowd” and as a teenager, thought that being in that crowd and having the hottest boyfriend was the most important thing.