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"A Greater Calling" - How Adoption Helped Malana Find Purpose in Pain

Malana is a brave birth mother who chose adoption to give her baby a life full of love and opportunities. If you feel inspired by her story, contact us today to learn more about adoption and what it can mean for you. Call 1-800-ADOPTION now to get free information about the adoption process. 

I’m no stranger to pain. In that pain, I prayed relentlessly for God to use me for His purpose, whatever that purpose may be.

I became pregnant at 22 years old and had just started nursing school. Although I loved my baby more than life itself, I continuously felt that she wasn’t only mine to love. I knew in my heart she was meant to have two families.

I shared my feelings with her father, and for a while, he refused to listen or even begin to consider adoption. It wasn’t until I was eight months pregnant that he decided to hear my out. I told him that our daughter had a greater calling and the dreams I had of her adoptive mother. We agreed to explore the option and he began looking into agencies.

Upon receiving the first set of profiles, I came across the lady in my dreams; I instantly knew she was meant to raise my child. We set up a Skype meeting and by the end of it I was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace. I made sure her father knew that I wasn’t interested in any other families.

Everything worked out according to God’s plan and they even attributed her middle name to me so that I would always be a part of her. Fast forward two years — we have a wonderful relationship with our baby’s adoptive family, including her older brother, who she absolutely adores. She is thriving, and although I miss her every second of every day, I know we made the best decision for our princess.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I will give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord”. 1 Samuel 1:27-28

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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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