Birth Mother Adoption Testimonials

Are you considering adoption and want to hear from women like you? Below you'll find birth mother adoption testimonials from women who have been in your shoes and have decided to share why they chose adoption for their babies.

Adoption testimonials also describe the feelings, relationships and opportunities these women have had since they placed their children for adoption. Many felt they were too young to be a parent. Many were already mothers and felt they could not care for another child. All of these young women made the courageous choice of adoption. We hope their adoption testimonials will help give insight and perspective as you begin your own adoption journey.

If you are interested in sharing your adoption story, we would love to hear it! Please contact us at editors@americanadoptions.com for details on how we can share your birth mother testimonial with other women through American Adoptions.

Michelle's Adoption Story

I chose adoption for me and my baby. If you have any questions or would like to talk to me about my experience please contact me by calling 1-800-ADOPTION or e-mail me at michelle@americanadoptions.com.

Making the Right Decision: One Birth Mother Looks Back on Her Open Adoption Process

At 20 years old and already the mother to two young boys, Angelica knew adoption had to be an option. Finding the right family made her realize how important her choice was.

Ryan's Adoption Story

“Vanessa and I knew Chad and Tara were Caitlyn’s parents, not us.” One young birth father’s touching story of choosing adoption for his daughter:

Cheyenne's Adoption Story

Cheyenne was shocked when she learned that she was pregnancy — and that she was already far along. Read how the single mom came to her adoption decision:

Andrea's Adoption Story

When Andrea found herself in an unhealthy relationship, she knew she wanted more for her daughter. Read her touching adoption story:

Patricia's Adoption Story

I was scared, being I was only 19 and on my second pregnancy. I sat for about two hours just thinking about what I should do. I talked to the father, and we both agreed on adoption. I called another adoption company first and then American Adoptions, and I instantly fell in love with Felicia Pham. She was so caring, and I felt I could trust her with anything.

Caitlin's Adoption Story

My adoptive story has a happy ending for a young couple trying to just get by together and stay strong through communication and understanding. It all happened so fast, and we couldn’t have asked for a better couple for little Rose to be raised by

Cassidy's Adoption Story

Because of the decision that I made, I get to start my freshman year of college as if I was no different from the rest of my peers, but in my heart I will always remember the sacrifices I made to learn among them. That will push me to work twice as hard, so I can prove to myself that enduring this separation was worth it — and so that my little girl will know it, too.

Alexandra's Adoption Story

Finding out I was pregnant, a feeling of worry washed over me. How would I provide for a child when my husband doesn’t make much money and I’m just a college student? The worry lasted for months, but then I had a moment in which none of that worry seemed to matter anymore: the moment I read our adoptive parents' profile.

Katheryn's Adoption Story

I try to be as open as possible about being a birthmother. It used to hurt when people asked me why I did it, when I knew they weren’t trying to offend me. I think it is because it was triggering the question inside that I was afraid to ask myself: How could I love Ellie so much and be able to give her up? It’s taken quite a bit of soul-searching to get to a place where I have been able to look at myself and answer this question without fear.

Naimah's Adoption Story

When I gave birth to Elijah, it was beyond scary not knowing I was pregnant and seeing his sweet face that looked just like mine. But on those first two nights I prayed for guidance, and I knew he was not mine to parent. I literally saw Tom and Jenn’s profile at the last minute, and I knew in my heart it was them I was looking for. Once they said yes, I was ecstatic.

Cody's Adoption Story

Now that I am back home and busy with work and school, I have started thinking about what I can do with my story and how I can use what I went through to help other girls and women in similar situations. I want every girl and woman to know that adoption is one of the best things they could ever do in their lives if they decide they can’t support a baby or that they just aren’t ready. There is always a family ready. Always.

Tiffany's Adoption Story

I miss her and love her so much, but the peace God gave me in knowing I did the right thing never left me. He turned my fear to joy, my indiscretion’s into blessings and gave a very deserving family the most precious gift, the gift of parenthood. Ari is in good hands and I thank God for American Adoptions.

Jade's Adoption Story

I’m not going to sit here and say it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done because it was actually the opposite. But, in the end, what it all came down to is my baby’s future. I felt as if it would be selfish of me to keep her away from the best life she could have.

Christine's Adoption Story

When we found out I was pregnant, somehow the conversation led to adoption, something I never thought I would do. A few days later, after looking over many potential adoptive couples, we found the perfect couple through American Adoptions. Ruben and Emilie were so sweet and real. They weren’t putting on a fake image for the sake of being chosen. We were thrilled and something about them screamed, “This is the family.”

Molly's Adoption Story

My adoption story truly is a miracle from God. Although I felt irresponsible for getting pregnant while in my situation (single mother of two), I soon realized that there was a purpose for it. That purpose was to give a beautiful and perfect son to Daniel and Carolina. ...

Kimberly's Adoption Story

I knew that I was pregnant right away and was devastated. Being a single mother, unemployed and on welfare, I knew having anther child would take take more than I was able to give financially and emotionally. My daughter is five years old and the result of an abusive relationship. ...

Erin's Adoption Story

As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I knew I wasn't in a position to give my baby the life they deserved. I contacted American Adoptions, and after I filled out some paperwork, they began to send me information about potential families. My boyfriend and I decided on important qualities and keywords and our search became much more specific. ...

Constance's Birth Mother Story - 13 Years After Placement

To the Staff of American Adoptions:
Thank you so very much for keeping me knee deep in photos and letters. I have had an awesome experience with your agency as a birthmother. I have full assurance that any woman who chooses to use your agency will be making the right choice. ...

Heather's Adoption Story

I placed a baby up for adoption through American Adoptions in February of 2007. Although adoption was a very difficult decisions, it has allowed me to re-evaluate my life and my children’s lives.

Randi's Adoption Story - Keeping a Connection

Randi is 20 years old. She lives in a small Nebraska town. She’s been saving money since she graduated high school so that she can pursue education or a career and makes ends meet by cleaning houses. ...

Denee's Adoption Story

My boyfriend and I got pregnant after only dating for a month. We tried to think of every way possible to keep our daughter but nothing was working out right. I live in Arizona while he lives in Colorado. ...

Renee's Adoption Story

After making my decision and beginning the adoption process everyone around me wanted nothing to do with me. However, I knew in my heart that I was making the right decision for my daughter and myself.

Mendy's Adoption Story

I have done something in my life that truly made me proud of myself. All of the negative and hurt I had was completely replaced by peace. The family that I chose could not have been any better. Not only did they deserve my baby, but my baby deserved them.

Jenny's Adoption Experience

From the moment I met this couple, I knew that I was making the right choice. Even though it was the right choice, it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make, but through the grace of God and this amazing couple we have all found a new sense of hope.

Kelly's Adoption Experience

Around four months of pregnancy, I called American Adoptions and became in contact with an adoption specialist. I felt an immediate connection. I was depressed and unsure of everything and she was very understanding and patient, never pressuring me about anything. She gave me nothing but encouragement and support. She answered all of my questions and when I had nothing to say she let me cry.

Lindsay's Adoption Story

One day my parents went to the doctor and she told them about a couple she knew that found out they couldn't have children. My dad told the doctor to give the couple our number. Less than two hours after they got home Kyna called. ...

Blair's Adoption Experience

Before I could utter a sigh of relief, the other pink line formed – I was pregnant. I stared at the test, like a child awaking from a terrible nightmare, and then when reality hit, I burst into tears. My mom checked on me asking if everything was alright. I opened the door and hugger her, crying my eyes out. She glanced at the test and hugged me tighter and cried with me. Before I knew it, I was in bed and asleep.

I was pregnant.

Abigail's Adoption Story

I suppose the appropriate place to start is with the little blue ‘plus’ sign I read on the EPT back in July 2009. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew that my days (and nights) of being a carefree teenager had just come to an abrupt halt. ...

Kamyrra's Adoption Story

Hi, my name Kamyrra Floyd and I gave my child up for an open adoption. This is my story.

Carly's Adoption Story

My story started in April of 2008. On April 18, 2008 I was date raped at a party. I was not drinking or doing anything illegal but I was still a victim. ...

Mary's Adoption Scholarship Story

My adoption story began on March 24, 2009, when I was told the most shocking news of my life. A physician at the Women's Clinic told me that I was three months pregnant. The reason this was so incredibly shocking was because I had not been sexually active in any way, shape, or form nor had I had any pregnancy symptoms in the past three months. ...

Donna's Adoption Scholarship Story

There is so much to say about my adoption story. At first I was thrilled about my pregnancy and have a brother or sister for my daughter to grow up with. My marriage quickly dissolved and 5 months later I was on my own with my daughter. ...

Angela's Adoption Scholarship Story

On 11/14/2009 I gave birth to a healthy baby boy and it was only three months earlier I found out I was pregnant. Four months if not nearly long enough to adjust to a life changing situation but I did it and came out stronger than I ever knew I was. My baby grew inside of me for six months without even letting me know he was there, which is ironic in itself given my very shy personality. ...

Sharlotte's Adoption Story

Deciding on adoption was one of the hardest decisions of my life. I knew exactly the kind of life I wanted for my baby and I knew I didn’t have the means to give him that life. I simply wasn’t ready or able to parent a child. ...

Katherine's Adoption Story

The summer of 2008, as a single parent of four beautiful teenage children, I found myself in a devastating position…pregnant. I was ashamed and scared. I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I would make it through. ...

Samantha's Adoption Story

I found out I was pregnant in July of 2008. I was 18 years old and hopping from house to house. The father (who’s basement I was living in at the time) was 20 years old and severely addicted to drugs, as was I. ...

Ashlee's Adoption Story

When I found out that I was pregnant, I was really happy, but then the father and I had split up. I then realized that I had absolutely no connection to the baby. I felt very bad that I felt this way, but then I thought there are millions of people that can’t have children. ...

Kristen's Adoption Story

I hadn’t told anyone I was pregnant until I contacted American Adoptions. I had thought my decision through very thoroughly and decided since I wasn’t ready for a child, I wanted to give my baby everything I couldn’t provide and adoption was my best choice. It took me a while to actually find the right family. ...

Shanna's Story

I was in a realy unpredictable place of uncertainty at the very end of last year . It became very clear that this little bundle of joy in my belly needed more of a promising future. So I went online found Angel Adoption which found Melissa and John. ...

April's Adoption Story

When I found out I was pregnant I was 20 years old, had a 1 yr old baby, constantly arguing with my boyfriend, and living in a hotel. I obviously was in no mental or financial shape to have another child. It was the day after I participated in our blood drive at work. ...

Nicole's Story

On September 9th 2007 I found out I was pregnant with my second unexpected child. After my daughter was born I vowed not to have any more children so when I found out I was pregnant again I was devastated. My [now former] fiancé ...

Alexandra's Story

It is with great pleasure that I share with you this story. Although it has been five years, my experience with American Adoptions cannot be forgotten. I cannot express how blessed I feel to have found an agency so genuinely sincere in their efforts to ease the process of adoption. ...

Mary's Adoption Scholarship Story

I didn’t find out I was pregnant until 7 months in. All the symptoms could be explained away until my stomach started getting very hard. I was very scared at first as I did not have the means to support myself let alone take care of a baby. ...

Tara's Adoption Scholarship Story

When I first found out I was pregnant I didn’t know how to react. I was scared and also excited about being a mother to a beautiful baby girl. I later came to realize that raising a child while being a young, single mother (with no stable home or family support), would not be a good life for my child or myself. ...

Brittany's Adoption Scholarship Story

Adoption is a word I first heard when I was about nine years old. I was told that I was adopted and that my birth mother had issues and wanted better for me. I spent my first year of life in and out of foster homes and spent my first Christmas alone in the hospital. ...

Bryahnna's Adoption Story

My adoption process was very different then most. I found out that I was pregnant at about 34 weeks. At first my boyfriend and I thought we were going to keep our baby. ...

Nakeisha's Adoption Story

My name is Nakeisha. I recently gave up one of my beautiful little girls for adoption. I must say it is extremely hard knowing that you can't take care of your own child. ...

Katie T.'s Adoption Story

On September 17, 2007 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in Overland Park, KS. I was 21 at the tine and I was struggling in every way imaginable and couldn't bare the thought of not being able to give my child the love and needs he deserves. I wanted to get back in college, get a good job, and raise him the way I had been loved and taken care of. ...

Lydia's Adoption Story

I like to think of my adoption story as more of a story of love and forgiveness. After much prayer I've decided that I have to tell the WHOLE story, not just the part about giving my child to the two most wonderful "strangers" I will ever meet.

Misty's Adoption Story

My name is Misty. I currently have a four year old that I am unable to care for. I have been through the adoption process but when I found out I was pregnant again I knew I didn't want to go through it again. ...

Jennifer W.'s Adoption Story

I told my parents in October, 2007 I was 5 months pregnant. I knew in my heart at 18 and a college freshman I was not prepared to raise a child. I chose adoption simply because I was not ready for a child. ...

Idolene's Adoption Story

So it all started out six months into to pregnancy. I had regular menstrual cycles, no movement from baby, and not a lot of weight gain. All in all I didn't know I was pregnant. ...

Regina's Adoption Story

I was a high school drop out and a single mother of a two year old and pregnant, I was so lost and confused. I knew that having two children with no help from their fathers was going to be extremely hard. My mother asked me to look into my options ( I knew abortion was not right ) So I got on-line one day and took a look at an adoption web-site I looked at couples, but It didn't change my mind any I was not going to give MY BABY away. ...

Sharon's Adoption Story

It has been 2 1/2 months since my beautiful daughter was born. I had no doubts that the couple I picked were perfect. I recently got my first set of pictures. ...

Amanda's Birth and Adoption Story

In January of 2007, I found out I was pregnant. I was very upset and wondering how this could happen, I was on the pill and had a 5 month old and 2 yr old already at home already. I knew I could not properly care for another child, because I was basically on my own with the two I already had, they all shared the same father, but we were on an off period. ...

Heather's Adoption Story

Hi my name is Heather, I gave my baby up for adoption 2 1/2 yrs ago. It was truely the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. But, no, I do not regret it. ...

Carol Ann's Adoption Story

My story of giving my baby up for adoption has trails of long and complicated threads. Being able to give a baby up for adoption was an act of such selflessness that I admired in mothers of who I observed were going through such processes. But I never thought I could do it, or would do it .. ...

Tonya's Adoption Story

How could I give up a child that I carried for nine months and gave birth to? What would my baby think of me as she got older? These are some of the questions I was asking myself as I was trying to make the hardest and best decision of my life.

Courtney's Adoption Story

I was put in a difficult situation. I was 17 and pregnant. At first, I wanted to abort it, but doing so was against everything I believed in and I had every intention of attending college, but very well couldn’t do so with having a newborn baby.

Maria's Adoption Story

I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd child two weeks after my son turned 1 year old. I was a single mom and terrified of the situation. I was living from house to house, with friends and family. ...

Kara's Adoption Story

Let me tell you about my story. My name is Kara and on November 18th 2005, I gave birth to a beautiful little boy, who would be named Eli. I came to American Adoptions about 6 months into my pregnancy, homeless and afraid, and they immediately helped me by sending me some families to choose from. ...

Sheila's Adoption Story

In 1974, my brother and I were adopted by a couple who were unable to have children biologically. In 1994, I met my birth family (other than my brother) for the first time. It was exciting.

Keyana's Adoption Story

I really don't know where to start, my journey started a long time ago. I was a 17-year-old run away drop out. I eventually moved back home once I found out I was preganant. ...

Dusty's Adoption Scholarship Story

I first became a mother at the age of 16. Since then, I have been on my own struggling to support a family. I finished high school, but college has been hard. ...

Mystique's Adoption Scholarship Story

I plan on completing an Associate’s Degree in Spanish, then transferring to a four year university to complete a degree in Education. With these two degree plans complete, I will have better comprehension in the secondary language of the region I live in, an be in a good position (by teaching) to possibly influence young girls and boys to make better decisions.

Amber's Adoption Story

At first I wasn’t sure if adoption was the right choice for me, but now that everything is said and done, I know in my heart it was for the best. In January of 2006, we found the perfect adoptive couple to raise our precious baby girl. We talked on the phone and finally met in person on March 4th when I gave birth. ...

Lauren's Adoption Story

First off I would like to introduce my self. My name is Lauren and I am a birthmother. My beautiful little girl was born on September 11 2006 at 8:35 in the morning. ...

Shalanda's Adoption Story

My name is Shalanda and two years ago I contacted American Adoptions. I was 8 months pregnant and so scared, they put me through to Alli, who was and still is a very supportive woman! She then helped me find the best parents my daughter could have ever asked for Deron & Peggy.

Heather's Adoption Story

I'm 20 years old and I gave my son up for adoption in January 2006, to a very good woman whom I'm very close to. Giving your child a better life isn't a bad thing. Adoption isn't a bad thing. ...

Pacita's Adoption Story

My name is Pacita I am twenty-five years old and have three children and raising two of them on my own with only little help from my dad. So, imagine my shock when I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child at six months pregnant. I was in disbelief and considered about what I was going to do because I knew I was already struggling to get the things my children needed.

Tereasa's Adoption Story

The reason I chose adoption is because I want the best for my baby. It’s not that I couldn’t love my baby, because I have plenty of love to go around. It is just that I don’t want to take from my two kids now by trying to take care of a baby. ...

Sandra's Adoption Story

I chose adoption for my baby not because I didn’t want her but because I love her. I know that at this point in my life with two young children already, that I could not support another. The fathers of the two I have now do nothing to help out. ...

Jaylene's Adoption Story

Adoption was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I am twenty three, single and have two small children, with no help from the fathers. I have troubles making ends meet as it is. ...

Mary's Adoption Story

When I got pregnant I thought it was the end of the world. The father was nowhere to be found after the night of conception and I was only 20 years old. I worked a minimum wage job and like most 20 year olds I just wanted to have fun. ...

Jennifer's Adoption Story

My decision for adoption was possibly one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. I am a mother of four children. I receive no child support for them and minimal aid from the state. ...

Erin's Adoption Story

When I first found out I was pregnant, adoption was the last thing on my list. I hated the thought of it. Later on as I was exploring my options, I was talked into just checking it out. ...

Cori's Adoption Story

I leaned over my son's crib and admired my sleeping angel. His chubby little hands curled up into tight fists and his long eyelashes fluttered at my movements over him. I touched his cheek gently and felt tears running down my own. ...

Nikalit's Adoption Story

I am 22 years old and about seven months ago I was faced with what was and probably will ever be the hardest decision of my life. October 12, 2003, is the day that my life was forever changed. I was faced with an unplanned pregnancy. ...

Katie's Adoption Story

For me, abortion was never an option. Even before I became pregnant, subconsciously, I knew I would consider adoption if the issue ever came up under bad circumstances. So, apparently, when the issue actually did come up I considered all of my options and my motives.

Amanda's Adoption Story

"I never imagined I would have to make a decision like this.”

Kariane's Adoption Story

I spent months thinking about going through with the adoption process. I talked to many different agencies and social workers, all which gave me more and more to think about. Through it all I kept reminding myself that I was making the choice for my child. ...

Christina's Adoption Story

I was in a relationship and the father started to change after we became engaged and we eventually grew apart. Just when I started to move on with my liffe, I found out that I was pregnant. So, I called my ex and told him. ...

Emily's Adoption Story

I am a 29 year old single mom of a 3 year old girl.. . Becoming pregnant again, which I didn't find out until my 6th month, freaked me out to say the least. ...

Shawn's Adoption Story (Father of Michelle's child)

As a 17-year-old high school senior I was given the biggest shock of my life one day when my ex-girlfriend told me that she was five months pregnant and I was the father. My first reaction was ‘how could this happen to me?& rsquo; ...

Jamie & Wilson "Our Story"

My name is Jamie and I am a 27 year old mother of a 4 1/2 year old little boy that lives with me and also a mother to a beautiful 3 month old little boy we named Evan. First, let me say that it has taken me this long to be able to write about my experience.

Natasha's Adoption Story

It was August of 2004, I had just turned nineteen, had a son (Gabriel) that just turned one in May and I was in the middle of splitting up with my fiancé (Ryan) of three years. Towards the end of August, I went out of state with some girlfriends for vacation. ...

Jane's Adoption Story

I was 19 years old and 2 months pregnant. I told my boyfriend about the pregnancy and he left me the very next day. I tried to call him but he had his phone turned off. ...

Nicole's Adoption Story

I only worked with American Adoptions while I was in Kansas City and when I first came to Michigan. My caseworker did, however, stay in touch with me throughout the whole process.

Callie's Adoption Story

I am Callie and I am 19 years old. I recently had a child and gave him to a wonderful adoptive family. My whole pregnancy I went back and forth on what to do. ...

Kelly's Adoption Story

It all started one year ago when I found out I was pregnant. I am a mother of two as we speak, and I love my children with all my heart, but bringing in a third child was not fair for this baby. I went through all the emotions on whether this is what needed to be done, so I contacted American Adoptions and Laurie Walker was the first voice I heard to comfort me in my decisions.

Danniele's Adoption Story

I am 25 years old and I have given 3 of our children to a very special couple whom we origanally met through an agency. We became very close the very first meeting with them in person. We also spoke to them on the phone several times prior to the birth. ...

Renee's Adoption Story

I found all your profiles fascinating and all the couples worthy. I would've placed my baby to any of them. It just so happened that some many were worthy and had much to offer so I decided to take the time to choose.

Angela's Adoption Story

I had just turned thirty when I found out I was pregnant. I was already a single parent with three kids at home and about to have my sixth kid and I was scared. I knew I would not be physically, emotionally, or financially able to support yet another child. ...

Silvija's Adoption Story

I chose adoption because I couldn't take care of another child financially, physically, or emotionally. I have two other children, a 7 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. A child is a lot of work especially if you are a single mother in a situation like I am. ...

Haley's Adoption Story

It is true that placing a child for adoption is one of, if not the hardest decision a person can make. It is not hard to know what is best, it is just hard to overcome all of the emotions involved. Through American Adoptions, my boyfriend, David, and I were able to choose a wonderful family for our son. ...

Joann's Adoption Story

After I gave the twins up for adoption, I felt good knowing they were with a nice family because I met them and liked having them in the hospital with us for our stay. Me, the twins (Justin and Jacob), and their new parents spent a lot of time together in the hospital but toward the end, it got really hard. I had to tell the adoptive parents that I could no longer spend time with the boys-I was getting too attached. ...

Tiffeny's Adoption Story

It has almost been a year since my adoption journey began. I contacted American Adoptions in January of 2003. I was five months pregnant with my second child and abortion was not an option.

Sara's Adoption Story

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON
I had just turned 21, had a three-year-old son, and was going through a divorce along with fighting constantly about custody of Ethan with my husband. Just as I thought this was the biggest thing I would ever go through in my life, I found out I was pregnant. Now, I have always been against abortion, until I was put into this position. ...

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  • How much information about the family will be shared with me?

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  • How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

    This is a question that can only be answered by the individual family. Each family has their own style of how to introduce the adoption to the child. When you are matched with your adoptive family, you can ask this question to them. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it with them for you, just let her know.

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