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BraveLove – The Heroes of Adoption

 

BraveLove is a movement that believes adoption can be a beautiful thing and that birth mothers are heroes.

BraveLove is a movement that believes adoption can be a beautiful thing and that birth mothers are heroes.

I’m Laura and I serve as the Director of Operations, which means I get to interact with a lot of people who have been touched by adoption. And it’s a real joy. 

BraveLove is a pro-adoption movement. We’re not an adoption agency or a pregnancy resource center or a church ministry. Instead we are a nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness that adoption is a loving and viable option for those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. How do we this? We share hopeful stories , create compelling media, develop adoption resources and equip our ambassadors to educate their peers about the realities of adoption. For instance, did you know that birth mothers get to choose the family to place their child with? They can even have an open relationship if they so desire.

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During my time with BraveLove, I’ve had the privilege of participating in roundtables, hosting birth mom dinners, listening and sharing adoption stories, interviewing adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents, and helping develop resources to spread our message far and wide.

A birth mom once wrote to us and said:

“The fact is I know I made the best decision for my son at that time… I visit BraveLove.org regularly and it is helpful. That is why I was compelled to share. Because if it has helped me then perhaps some of my story will help someone else as well.”

I think birth moms are a group of strong women who have courageous, inspiring and unique stories to tell. And BraveLove.org  is a platform for those who have been impacted by adoption to share those stories. It’s a safe place for those considering adoption to explore adoption through the different testimonials. It’s a place to access reliable resources like our adoption agency partners.

Last year I interviewed New York Times-bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry. Patti wrote a fictional novel called And Then I Found You inspired by her sister’s adoption story. When I interviewed Patti, I asked what she wished for birth mothers today. I think she summed it up so beautifully:

“I would want to remove any shame. If I could take a big eraser and take that away so that they could share their stories, it could be part of who they are. Instead of something that needs to be forgotten or denied, I’d like it to be a part of a much bigger story that doesn’t cause damage to their life. Because it was such a brave and beautiful thing to do, I wish it enriched their life and not caused shame. That’s what I wish right now.”

BraveLove’s mission is to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative and hopeful communication that conveys the heroism and bravery a birth mother displays when she places her child with a loving family through adoption.

 Whether pro-life or pro-choice, a woman who endures nine months of pregnancy and then places her child with a family through adoption is someone we can all stand behind and support.

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 Help us spread the BraveLove. Share your story and join the movement at BraveLove.org.

Also, all this month on The Lovely Project we will be sharing stories from all sides of this beautiful complex miracle called “Adoption.” Stay tuned!