"I was a junior in college and pregnant. I was absolutely shocked. The first few months of my pregnancy were really difficult. I spent a lot of time feeling sad, scared, and alone. My parents had brought up the idea of adoption, but I was totally against it. How in the world was I supposed to give up my baby? I already loved her so much, and I knew that I could never place her for adoption. She was mine. Reluctantly, I read a book about adoption and my views completely changed. I did not want to admit it, but adoption seemed like it might be the right choice for me.
When I went to New Life, everything about them seemed to fit with me. My social worker was so understanding and kind to me, and explained that they go through decision making worksheets. At New Life, we always worked at my pace. Our meetings felt more like time with a close friend, just chatting, rather than going to an appointment with my social worker.
I cannot even begin to explain how blessed I feel. God has given me so much that I do not deserve. I never thought I would be looking back on this experience and be happy, and consider it a blessing, but I do, everyday. My daughter brings so much joy and love into my life that I never thought possible. It is amazing how God used a tiny baby to completely save my life. If it weren't for Ava, I don't know where I would be right now, or the person I would be. Ava will forever hold a special piece of my heart. She was given a new life, and so was I."
A birth parent
Deciding on adoption was the hardest choice I have ever had to make. I can't imagine a harder decision. I took me months to decide. I know I would be an amazing mother and I love you so very much, but I want you to have everything I had. I want to give you the gift of parents, and the freedom to be a child. With me, life would be so unstable. Financially, I still don't have a job, no place for me and you to call home, daddy is not in the picture. I want to give you everything you deserve, more than I could give you. If I could, I would give you all the stars in the sky, I just love you that much.
A birth parent
My mom and I first went to New Life when I was about 6 months pregnant. I met regularly with a social worker at New Life, who was so patient and kind. She helped me to sort out my thoughts and feelings, and helped to show me what life would be like whether I decided to place or parent my child. I could see myself in both circumstance and was having a hard time deciding what to do. I decided to start looking at adoptive parent profiles. One couple really stood out to me so we decided to set up a meeting with them. My mom came with me to our first meeting and it went surprisingly well. The next morning as I was getting ready for work, God made it clear what I needed to do. I knew at that moment that the couple I met the day before would be the ones to raise my son. This was a hard realization to accept, but I felt that it was God leading me to this decision and I felt a peace about it. The adoption process also allowed me to develop a wonderful relationship with two extraordinary people. I am, of course, talking about the adoptive parents. My relationship with the adoptive parents has grown so much over the past 6 years. They are such wonderful people. I absolutely adore them and am so thankful that the Lord chose them to be the parents of my birth child. I am so thankful for New Life and all that they did for me and continue to do for other girls in my same situation.
A birth parent