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Celebrating The Strength, Love and Courageous Decisions of Birth Parents in Adoption

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The adoption journey is remarkable, weaving stories of love, hope, and resilience. 

With the emphasis so often placed on adoptive families, the role of the birth parents in adoption can be easy to overlook.  For far too long, birth parents have been looked down upon, even in the language often used to describe the very act of adoption. The description of “giving up” insinuates weakness and an unwillingness to “try harder.”  However, birth parents are making one of the most selfless and brave decisions anyone will ever make. 

By celebrating and acknowledging birth parents, we hope to create a space filled with compassion and love that can only be born from genuine human connections.

The Complex Decision of Adoption

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Deciding to place your child for adoption is an emotional crossroads in life. It’s not just a big deal for the child but also for the birth parents. This decision is like a sign flashing “life-changing moment ahead;” it takes serious guts to face it.

Think about it – birth parents have a ton on their plates. Many may suffer from housing or food insecurity, have insufficient support, and other challenges we might not know about. A complex mix of emotions makes this decision one of a mother’s toughest calls. Coupled with the deep grief and loss a birth parent must face, often comes a profound feeling of shame.  

Consider the emotional burden on the birth parents. They’re carrying the world’s weight on their shoulders as they figure out what’s best for their child. Making this call requires a lot of courage. 

By making this tough choice, birth parents are empowering themselves. They’re putting their child’s well-being first, even if it means dealing with the heart-wrenching separation. It’s a call that says, “I want the best for you, even if it breaks my heart.” This empowerment is a giant nod to love, strength, and selflessness. 

The Resilience of Birth Parents

Giving a child up for adoption is more than just a decision; it is an act of profound love. Placing a child’s happiness, security, and well-being above everything else requires immense courage. Birth parents who choose this path do so with the firm belief that they are giving their child the best chance to thrive, even if it means stepping back themselves.

Focusing on the sacrifice that birth parents make serves to remind us that all adoption is born from loss. Acknowledging and addressing that loss is essential to fully embrace the joy that can also be part of the adoption journey.

Who Are Our Birth Parents?

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Most of the birth parents Open Arms works with are not interested in being held up on a “pedestal.”  Our birth moms (and dads) are people in tough spots.  They’re doing the best that they can and, admittedly, need help to get through one of the biggest decisions they’ll ever make.  

It’s important to recognize, though, that they are so much more than just “birth parents.”  These individuals have hopes, dreams, hobbies, talents, skills and, yes…problems.  Embracing who they are as humans first, and birth parents second, goes a long way toward finding compassion and empathy. 

Open Arms Adoptions’ Commitment

Open Arms Adoptions has an unwavering commitment to birth parents in adoption. This organization, guided by empathy and compassion, is dedicated to providing birth parents with a supportive and nurturing environment

throughout their journey.

Support Through Every Step

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Open Arms Adoptions recognizes that complex emotions, choices, and challenges mark the adoption journey. The organization is steadfast in its commitment to walk beside birth parents through every step of this journey, offering guidance, understanding, and a listening ear.

Empowering Choices

Open Arms Adoptions empowers birth parents by giving them the knowledge, resources, and support necessary to make informed decisions. This commitment ensures that birth parents are not alone in their choices and that their needs and desires are respected.

Emotional Nurturing

The emotional well-being of birth parents is paramount to Open Arms Adoptions. The organization offers a safe space for birth parents to express their feelings, fears, and hopes, nurturing their emotional health.

Practical Assistance

Beyond emotional support, Open Arms Adoptions also provides practical assistance, helping birth parents with adoption’s legal and logistical aspects. Their commitment extends to ensuring that the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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Open Arms Adoptions is 501(c)3 non-profit agency licensed by the State of Ohio.

Our mission is to provide a loving, stable home to every child in need. We work tirelessly to create an environment that embraces the unique set of circumstances each of our birth parents, prospective adoptive parents and children bring to us. 
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