Monthly Archive for July, 2013

Callie’s Choice

Callie, a photojournalism student at the University of Iowa was struggling with an unplanned pregnancy. Her journey in making a decision to find the right family for both her and her child, was not an easy one. Here is an update on Callie’s story which we shared in an earlier post. Callie chose a family that was willing to create an open adoption and the result has been quite unexpected. Callie admits that her journey through the crisis of her own unplanned pregnancy was filled with heartache, loneliness and fear. Her strongest desire was to make the best decision for herself and her child. To get an update on this modern, blended family check out this NBC News video with Brian Williams.

Callie’s Choice

A Letter to My Son’s Birth Mother


A Letter to My Son’s Birth Mother was written by an adoptive mother who had so much that she wanted to share with the ‘first mother’ of her beautiful son. Sadly, she believes she will never have the opportunity to meet her and share her thoughts and feelings in person since her son was adopted from an orphanage overseas. In the letter she shares that as her sons second birthday approached she couldn’t help thinking about his ‘first mother’ and what she would be experiencing. She states ‘On Saturday when we light the candles on his cake, we’ll light one for you, too, sending up a prayer as we blow it out and send the smoke sailing across the seas. I hope with everything in me that you hear it when the wind whispers past bringing my good wishes and a gratitude so huge that I feel like I could collapse under the weight of the joy it brings. I hope the wind carries away some of your grief and leaves you a bit of peace’.

To learn more about this story from the series Portrait of An Adoption hosted by the Huffington Post, check out the link below:

15 Years Old and Pregnant


I Was Just A Regular 15 Year Old Girl written by Haley

I Was Just A Regular 15 Year Old Girl is one of 30 real life stories featured in the new series by the Huffington Post. Each of these real life stories is designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, including birthparents, adoptees, foster parents, adoptive parents and others whose lives have been touched and changed through adoption.

The story describes the crisis and pain of being pregnant at 15 years of age. Since we know that each situation is unique and complex, this is one of the many adoption stories in Portrait of an Adoption series by the Huffington Post. We appreciate their willingness to share so many impactful and varying real life stories.