Meet Rebekah, Tyrus’s mother. Not Rebekah, Tyrus’s other mother.
Rebekah is Tyrus’s birthmother.
He has another mother, also named Rebekah. She’s his adoptive mother.
Kinda cool, don’t you think?
Rebekah thinks so. She was raising four children when she placed Tyrus for adoption with the other Rebekah and her husband, Ben, just over four years ago. As she wrote at the time, “I don’t think that this means that I am a horrible person…but I think it means that I know my limits.” Continue reading →
A hopeful adoptive parent recently asked me to help her and her husband get their adoption profile noticed by a potential birthmother. They had been “out there,” online, for four years but their profile wasn’t getting a lot of traction.
They wondered what were they doing wrong, and what else they could do, to set themselves apart and catch the attention of an expectant mother who was thinking about placing her baby for adoption.
Crystal Rae didn’t know what she was getting into when she placed her baby for adoption 12 years ago. And though her decision didn’t come easily, she recently told me that her experience has been better than she ever imagined.
I’ll let her tell you why, in her own words, in a moment. But first, some background information about her: Crystal Rae is a surgical assistant and TV Host in Cave Creek, Arizona. Continue reading →
If you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption, chances are you’ve got some pretty big questions weighing on your mind right now.
Am I doing the right thing?
How do I know I’m not making a mistake?
Will I regret my decision later?
Does giving up my baby make me a bad person?
Giving up a baby for adoption is probably the hardest thing you’ll ever do. The fact you’re wresting with your decision not only speaks to the depth of what you’re considering, it also shows that you care about your baby and what’s best for her. Continue reading →
“Cling to what is right and you will always find joy.”
That’s the message that Cami got from a friend after she placed her baby for adoption. And it’s the approach that has guided her life since then.
Thanks to her positive attitude and the support she has received from her family and her daughter’s adoptive parents, she says she has been forever changed for the better by the experience.
Five years ago, Cami was a typical high school student and member of the cheerleading team. Then an unplanned pregnancy forced her to make one of the most important decisions of her life — a decision that culminated on National Adoption Day when she strapped her newborn daughter, Lily, into a car seat, tucked a blanket around her, kissed her “a billion times” and said goodbye. Continue reading →
Prospective adoptive parents come to open adoption from all walks of life with all kinds of life experiences and talents to share with a child.
And yet despite their differences, I’ve found that when it comes to reaching out to prospective birthparents and finding a match, they often fall into two distinct categories: those who want to adopt and those who wait to adopt.
Below are some of the traits I’ve noticed. Do you recognize yourself in either of these lists? In the comments section below, I’d love to hear your thoughts about what you think are the key differences between prospective adoptive parents who want to adopt and those who wait to adopt. Continue reading →