open adoption

‘All I ever wanted was to be a mom,’ women say. That was SO not me. Now? I have 10 kids. TEN.’: Woman delivers twins, adopts stepson and 7 kids from foster care

“Our days are filled with appointments, meltdowns, and diapers. TEN KIDS. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY DIAPERS THAT IS?! Most days, we collapse into bed, exhausted. I often wonder what the heck I’m doing. My marriage has been tested. Friends have disappeared. But I wouldn’t change our journey for the world.”

‘You might look at these pictures, and feel uncomfortable. You might think, ‘I could never ‘share’ my child like that.’ She leaves the hospital with empty arms.’: Mom says open adoption does not equal co-parenting

“During her second trimester she sent me emails letting me know about the SpaghettiOs he was making her crave. She gave us a jar of pink and blue candies and made us count every single one to find out if it was a boy or a girl. They gave them life and I am teaching them how to live it.”

‘For us, he was only ever our son. Not our black or adopted son. Even though most folks find him adorable right now, they might feel differently when he dates their daughters.’ Mom adopts black child, hopes for more acceptance for his future

“A neighbor at a playgroup asked all the kids to go around the room and say what color they were. They all laughed when it was Eli’s turn. He said he was white, like everyone else did. They made sure he left knowing he wasn’t.”

‘I stood there holding my 3-month-old baby boy as she sent me pictures of an ultrasound of the baby growing in her stomach. I was speechless. But I also knew. Deep down I knew.’: Mom’s breathtaking journey adopting 2 newborn babies only 4 months apart

“We got a phone call from this woman, and we talked for an hour. We built our relationship and became increasingly excited. However, she never got us official proof of pregnancy. People can fake ultrasounds and blood tests online all the time.”

‘I placed my son for adoption, married the birth father, and now have 2 more children who are relatives of my birth son. CRAZY.’: Young couple begin ‘beautiful’ open adoption after unexpected pregnancy, ‘I chose to make beauty from the ashes’

“I was 20, homeless, and spiraling out of control. I never imagined myself as ‘that girl’ who got pregnant. I’d known the father for a month and had no clear future ahead of me. ‘I’m so sorry I could not be ready for you,’ I kept telling my son. 48 hours. That is how long he was ours. I wanted this stranger in my stomach to have a chance at life.”

For our best love stories, subscribe to our free email newsletter: