Birth Parent Stories

Jennifer’s Story

“I knew I would work with Graceful Adoptions to make an adoption plan for my newborn son. There was no judgement, no shaming, no surprises. The communications and connection were instant. Just real and accepting people.”
Detroit, MI
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Shanequae’s Story

“For years I struggled as a single mother. The challenge to balance life seemed an endless battle. Looking for options, I came across something that I didn’t know was an option. A way to provide my child a real chance at life, while staying in his life.”
Hampton Roads, VA
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Brianna’s Story

“I recently placed my three-year-old daughter for adoption. It was a decision that I considered for a long time. Although it was hard, it was the right decision for my daughter.”
Detroit, MI
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Mackenzie’s Story

“Somehow Graceful Adoptions took something that is massive and made it easy and approachable. They restored my faith in humanity and left me in a place better than I was before I met them.”
Newsport News, VA
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Cheyenne’s Story

“I love that Graceful Adoptions is focused on the birth parents, and doesn’t judge us for the decisions we have made. The team provided care and support I didn’t even know I needed or wanted.”
Davenport, IA
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Deserei’s Story

"When Graceful Adoptions called me with a family they thought I would love, I felt confident they were right. And they were! I knew as soon as I talked to them on the phone, they were the family that would be perfect for my daughter."
Salina, Kansas
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Megan’s Story

“Living through a hurricane and escaping an unhealthy marriage, I felt alone. Graceful Adoptions went above and beyond to provide me with the support I needed, when I needed it most.”
Des Moines, IA
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Sarah’s Story

“I love my son. I carried him to term, endured 55 hours of labor, have stretch marks and scares all over my body. For years, I struggled to give him what I thought he deserved.”
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Megan M.’s Story

“As a survivor of domestic abuse, I wanted my daughter to do more than just survive. That’s when I turned to Graceful Adoptions for a toddler adoption.”
Megan M.
Kansas City, MO
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Erika’s Story

"Graceful Adoptions didn’t make me feel like a number, a medical record, an incubator, or just someone who could give someone else a baby. They were more personal. If you want to be treated like someone special and you want the opportunity to really get to know the adoptive parents, you should work with Graceful Adoptions! You will be glad you did."
Erika K.
Dallas, TX
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Rachel & Ray’s Story

“We were still trying to get our own lives and careers on track and we were living with our parents. We weren’t emotionally or financially ready to parent a child.”
Rachel & Ray
Des Moines, IA
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Ashley’s Story

“I was not in a position to take care of myself, much less a child. I lived with my parents, I made $8/hour, and I didn’t want to live on government assistance. If I parented this child, I would be stressed constantly. How can I expect someone to depend on me when I was so dependent on others?”
Waterloo, IA
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Lariana’s Story

“Choosing adoption for my 3-year old son was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but it was the right decision for him. His future will be everything I hoped it would be.”
Chicago, IL
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Stacy’s Story

“While my pregnancy was the result of a one of the biggest betrayals I’ve experienced, I don’t regret it and never will. I love my child and I didn’t “want” to make an adoption plan, however, it was the best decision for her. ”
Stacy F.
Detroit, MI
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Briana’s Story

“I was a 15-year-old Sophomore in high school when I found out I was pregnant. I knew when it had happened. Four months prior I had gone to a friend’s house, I woke up with a guy on top of me. Someone had put something in my drink. ”
Briana B
Birmingham, AL
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Mimi’s Story

“I was in school and already parenting one child when I discovered I was pregnant. I had love to give, but that was all I had.”
Detroit, MI
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Cennedy’s Story

“I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant. I was already parenting a daughter by myself and due to the circumstances of this pregnancy, I didn’t feel I would be the best parent to this child.”
Keokuk, IA
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Naomi’s Story

“Some people are excited to find out they are pregnant. For me, I was at a complete loss. I was terrified, nervous, even suicidal.”
Wichita, KS
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Susan & Tom’s Story

“Adoption is not something we planned or ever thought we would be involved with. Yet we found ourselves right in the middle of it”
Susan and Tom
Fayetteville, NC
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Amy’s Story

“I was wearing a pretty blue sun dress with tropical pink flowers the day I was going to commit suicide…”
Amy G.
Houston, TX
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Kristen’s Story

“I had considered abortion but when my father died, I couldn’t bring myself to make that kind of decision. I was an emotional wreck, I just checked out. Once I was ready to face it again, I decided adoption was the best route.”
Kristen M.
Topeka, KS
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Amanda’s Story

“When I found out I was pregnant, I had a 2 year old son, no job and a court hearing in two days for a first time possession charge. The father of both children and I were still together and parenting our son the best we could, but we knew that it would be hard to take care of another child.”
Amanda K.
Charlottesville, VA
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Jacqueline’s Story

“Being adopted a few days after being born was the best thing that ever happened to me. I would have never had the opportunities or known the amount of love I’ve had throughout my life. Fast forward 30 years and I never could have imagined I would be a birth mom.”
Jacqueline L.
Alexandria, VA
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Samantha’s Story

“In just three weeks Graceful Adoptions did more for me than the adoption agency I started with did in months.”
Samantha S.
Waterloo, IA
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Kim’s Story

“I was surprised at how different working with Graceful Adoptions was from doing the independent adoption I had done in the past. It was so much better!”
Kim I.
Lynchburg, VA
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Lydia’s Story

“I looked at many different adoption agencies and talked to each of them. The people I spoke to were judgmental, in some cases rude. This was not what I expected or needed. I was about to stop looking when I came across a web-site for Graceful Adoptions. With this one call my adoption journey turned around. I was no longer alone. I was no longer scared. I was with Graceful Adoptions.”
Lydia D.
San Antonio, TX
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Callie’s Story

“Going with Graceful Adoptions…the whole situation could not have turned out any more perfect, honestly.”
Callie M.
Iowa City, IA
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Emily & Dustin’s Story

“Finding an agency that wanted to work with us wasn’t difficult; however, finding an agency that we wanted to work with was more of a challenge.”
Emily F. & Dustin H.
Des Moines, IA
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Stephanie’s Story

“I believe I made the best and most difficult decision any mother could make for the two children she had and the one that she wanted but knew that she couldn’t afford to care for. I never even considered the other options.”
Wareham, MA
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LaChelle’s Story

“Graceful Adoptions made me feel like it was going to be ok. They made me feel good – even calm. They were easy to talk to, they respected me and what I wanted.”
Detroit, MI
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Nicole’s Story

“Thanks to Graceful Adoptions I can wake up, look in the mirror, and feel good about myself every day knowing that I made the right decision for my baby. She has a chance at life now, a chance I wouldn’t have been able to give her. Anyone considering adoption should call Graceful Adoptions, your worries will disappear.”
San Antonio, TX
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Cristie’s Story

“Graceful Adoptions helped and supported me all along the way. I was really surprised (and excited) that someone cared about me and wanted to help me take care of the baby. They were as committed to me as I was to them.”
Battle Creek, MI
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Rachel’s Story

“I spoke with many adoption agencies until I found one that felt right for me. Graceful Adoptions’ team was incredible – they answered all my questions, helped me understand the process and provided support along the way. They gave me tons of options.”
Norfolk, VA
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