We are happy to introduce Ali, who shares her story of discovering open adoption with the IHeartAdoption community.
I was only 19 years old when I found out I was pregnant. I remember getting the test results and feeling like my whole world was crumbling around me. I chose to deal with it by being in denial about my pregnancy altogether. It took me about 3 months to realize it wasn’t going away. I didn’t have any support from the birthfather and I wasn’t ready to be a single mom, but I figured I had made my bed so I had to lay in it. Whether I was ready or not I was going to be a mom in 9 short months.
Abortion was never an option for me, and to be honest I thought abortion and parenting were my only two options. I knew adoption existed, but I knew I couldn’t just give my child to someone and hope that she was going to be okay. I had no clue that open adoption existed until I researched adoption agencies and came upon the IAC website. As I read through all of these stories I felt like maybe it was something I could do. I wanted my child to have the best life possible. She deserved that and so much more. I wanted her to have a mom and a dad who could love her and who were ready for her.