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Bryahnna's Scholarship Story

Since I was a small child I have always dreamed of going to college. Six days after placing my baby up for adoption, I returned to finish my final year of high school. I was weeks behind all the other students. I made the choice to catch up, and then I enrolled my self in college as well. Having so much on my plate helped me to cope with my emotions, but most of all it helped me realize that I' am a strong person, and my college dreams were now a reality. After graduation from high school I plan on attending a community college that I was enrolled in during high school. I plan on staying here for my first year. Then I will be moving to Gainesville and transferring to the University of Florida. I would like to graduate from UF with my masters in Pharmacy. These are my plans and with your help they will become a reality. I come from a family of five brothers and sisters; I am the second oldest. My father never finished middle school and has always struggled throughout his life to make it to the top. This has made me realize how hard life can be without an education. My family has never been rich. Especially since my father was the only one working, because my mother was at home raising us- As a child we were always moving around. We finally bought our first house when I was 16 years old. My father and mother still have three other children to support, therefore it would be near impossible for them to put me through school. This is why I would love to be considered for this scholarship. I should be considered for a scholarship because after all the emotional pain I was in after my adoption I went back to school and did what I promised my self I would do. After placing my daughter Faith up for adoption, I knew what I had to do. I had to make my daughter proud, and fulfill my dreams- I would love to have a scholarship from you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

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

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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