Birth Mother Stories

Read birth mother stories about the choice of adoption. The Lifetime Adoption Foundation is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization which awards financial assistance and scholarships to women who have made an adoption plan. We feel blessed to be able to grant these women with educational scholarships in recognition of the choice they’ve made for their children. Some of the women we help are facing situations where they are pregnant and homeless.

By choosing adoption, these birth mothers create a future, not only for adoptive couples but also for their child. It’s wonderful for us to be able to see birth moms realizing their dreams of attending college with our adoption scholarships! Here, birth mothers share their stories in their own words:

birth mom chose what was best for her son and attends college through a Foundation scholarship

“Best For My Son”

In the last year, I faced the single most impactful experience of my entire life. On a stormy morning in October of 2021, I learned that I was unknowingly 33 weeks pregnant and in active labor after being told by multiple doctors that I would never be able to have children. I gave birth to a beautiful boy 13 days after learning of his existence. Read her full story here…

“Letter to God”

I became a birthparent at age 19. I was in nursing school when I became pregnant and had no support system. My mother died the year before, my father was not in my life, and my grandfather kicked me out when I decided against having an abortion. Read her story here…

birth mom with nose ring
teenager smiling

“Escaping Abuse”

A week after graduating I was kicked out to live on my own at 17. During this time, I was seeing a person where all the red flags just looked like flags to me, for the depths of my love were endless at this age due to the ignorance and wishful thinking I had. The relationship escalated into being an abusive one and then I found out I was pregnant. Read her full story here…

“Pregnant and Homeless – Getting Out of Poverty”

I became a birthparent because my two children and I were abandoned by my husband. I’ve been homeless ever since. I finally landed at a two-year, affordable housing program that helps single mothers. I became a birthparent because I couldn’t stop mourning the brokenness of my family and what this meant for my smallest child. I made a deal with myself that I would only consider adoption if I could find a family that met all my requirements. Read her story here…

woman standing under bridge
mom laughing with two daughters

“A Gift For Another”

In 2020 I had an unexpected pregnancy that was quite miraculous since my boyfriend was told he could not have children. I could not wrap my mind around raising another baby and supporting my family, but a termination wasn’t the right choice for me. I decided to carry the child and adopt the baby to a couple that couldn’t have a baby to turn the situation into a gift for another.
Read her full story here…

“My Child Shouldn’t Have to Pay for My Mistakes”

Upon realizing that she was pregnant, this birth mother came to realize that she wouldn’t be able to raise her child the way she wanted to. She chose to make an adoption plan, because as she puts it, “My child shouldn’t have to pay for my mistakes…I wasn’t going to let her be raised on welfare and without a father, it was so unfair to allow that to happen. She deserved a better life.” Read her story here…

“My Life-changing Experience With Adoption Has Made Me a Better Person”

Another of our birth mother stories, this one is about a birth mother who made an adoption plan for her baby when she was a single mother struggling to raise a two-year-old. This ultimately led to the work she feels destined to be doing today, working with economically disadvantaged families.
Read her full story here…

“I Knew I Couldn’t Provide the Home a Child Deserves”

When she got pregnant, this birth mother was leading a life of partying and irresponsibility and realized she wouldn’t be able to give her child a stable home. She shares, “I decided adoption was the only answer. Once I made the choice of adoption, I never had second thoughts. I knew I made the right decision and I still feel the same way today.” Here’s her story…

“I Want to Reach Others Who May Be Scared or Unsure”

The adoption process can take a major emotional toll on birth mothers, as this woman attests. She shares about her journey from denial to acceptance. Now, her goal is to become an ultrasound technician at a crisis pregnancy center, so that she can help inform women about adoption. Read her thoughts here…

“The Scholarship Helps Those Who Have Sacrificed So Much”

One birth mother shares her story of choosing adoption, how she dealt with grief afterward, and her interest in helping other women who find themselves in a similar situation. In her essay, she says “I really feel like the scholarship program for birth mothers is a great way to help out those who have sacrificed a lot to make others happy.” Read her adoption story here…

“I Want Everyone to Know What a Blessing Adoption Can Be”

This birth mother shares how she hopes to make her daughter proud and set a positive example for her. To her, an education means a future and becoming a role model to girls who find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. Read her essay here…

Brianna’s Letter

Lifetime Adoption Foundation is excited to share this Birth Mother’s letter of being able to fulfill her dream of going to college. Read her letter here…

Lindsay’s Letter

Lindsay is happy about beginning her college career, thanks to a scholarship from Lifetime Foundation. Read her letter here…

Found My Calling

The scholarship I have been receiving has helped me purchase the books I need for my courses and future career. I have been told not to rent the textbooks but to purchase them because they will apply to my direct practice work, so the cost is significantly more.

I am looking forward to the Fall when I begin my field training. I have chosen to work at Arrow Family Ministries, which assists foster children and families. After my adoption experience, I knew I wanted to work with children and families. My field instructor has assured me that I will get plenty of experience in micro, mezzo, and macro practice. One of the reasons I chose this organization is that it is independent of the state and does not discriminate based on religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Living in Texas, which has passed discriminatory policies upon the child welfare system, it is important to me to be morally aligned with the organization’s policies.

I knew I had found my calling when I began this MSW program. It feels like I found exactly where I need to be and that my experience helped me to gain empathy and insight that I otherwise might not have possessed. I genuinely appreciate your support and hope you can continue this journey with me. Thank you.

Megan K

Making Hard Choices

During my senior year, I had an unplanned pregnancy with my boyfriend of African American background. I was forced with an ultimatum by my parents to choose an abortion for my unborn child or leave their home. My parents tried to justify my opinion of having an abortion by saying that my child would be unhealthy if I was to carry to full term. Despite their efforts of forcing me what to do, I decided to leave their home instead. I found a Christian maternity housing ministry where they provided me with a home, food, clothing, emotional support, and love.

One of the biggest challenges as a birth parent-student is moving on without any support from your family. Had I not left my parents’ home and become a client of the Christian housing program, I might have had an abortion like the majority of young women in my situation today. This scholarship will help me in gaining a second chance at becoming a healthy, independent, productive member of society.

Meg, Age 22

Trusting in Him…

I found out I was pregnant while I was in my freshman year of college. My parents and I felt like my dreams were crushed with the news of an unplanned pregnancy at such a young age. We all now thank God that He had bigger plans, and since I trusted in Him, my dreams can now come true.
I am excited about my education and have always had big dreams and goals for my future.
Placing a child for adoption is probably the hardest thing a mother could do. I have never expected anything in return for this act, but this scholarship would be an award of encouragement.

I am ready to do something really big in my life, and I hope one day to meet my daughter and make her proud. I have full confidence in the story of my past and the plans for my future and that this scholarship will be an investment into a future in which I can one day share my story and help others to choose life for their unborn child.

Brit, Age 26

Choosing Your Own Path…

After 6 months of hiding the pregnancy, at 15, my mother approached me and I confessed. My father then came into the room, put his hands around my throat and held me against the wall, and said, “You are going to have an abortion!”
The crisis center didn’t understand why I was so upset; I was not suicidal or a drug user, instead, I was a straight “A” sophomore, captain of the swim team and pregnant. My parents had little contact with me other than thru my OBGYN. I voiced my request against abortion. I was already 25 weeks; abortion was no longer an option for my parents.

My parents requested that I not see my baby girl, but my OBGYN snuck me into the nursery. I held her for the first and last time. I think of her, 15 years later, daily.

Since then, I have obtained my Master’s degree. Now, as a wife and mom of a 9 and 10 year old…I am looking forward to going back to school for my MBA. Scholarship funds would be an enormous blessing, as the financial constraints of education are challenging.

Tia, Age 30

Fourteen & Pregnant!

I became a birth parent at 14. My boyfriend, now husband, and I were pregnant and we were terrified to tell our parents. The day finally came when my mom asked me why my pants could not be zipped up.

This is when she finally knew the truth. My mom freaked and immediately started crying. She told me that I would not be going to school. We ended up driving to a clinic to confirm what I already knew, that I was 5 ½ months pregnant.

We went over my options of keeping the baby, abortion, or adoption. I felt forced into the option of abortion and ended up making an appointment for one for the next week.

I had been feeling my daughter kick at night and in the early morning and knew, in my gut, that I did not want to do that!
We ended up canceling the appointment and decided that the best thing for our unborn daughter was adoption.
My biggest challenge as a birth parent has also been my biggest motivation, graduating from college.

Sara, Age 20

Adoption, A Far Away Idea…

I found out that I was pregnant at the age of seventeen. I knew that I was not ready to care for a child. I was a high school dropout, with no job, and nowhere to call home. I knew that under my circumstances, it would be unfair to bring a child into my life. The thought of adoption was a faraway idea. I was so confused, but I wanted my son to have a stable loving life. Adoption became the best choice for my son and me.

I receive no financial support from my family. What my loan doesn’t cover, I pay out of my pocket. School gets very expensive. I pay all of my own living expenses. It is hard has to choose between groceries and books, but I am going to succeed in my education and my career, even if it means paying off loans for the rest of my life.

My education is the most important thing in my life right now. It’s the first step to living out my dream. This scholarship would help me out so much, by giving me one less thing to worry about on top of my bills, my job, and my schoolwork.

Jill, Age 22

If you are thinking about adoption for your baby or you know someone who is pregnant and homeless or considering adoption, please call the National Adoption Hotline at 1-800-923-6602.