Shannon is a young woman who recently placed her child, Amelia Grace Crow, for adoption. Take a look at her perspective about the process. She’s a remarkable woman.
A birth mom’s point of view
How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
It was unexpected, so I didn’t want to believe it at first. My husband was very scared.
Did you consider abortion?
No! Even if it was unexpected, I knew it was still an answered prayer for someone. I believe God has a purpose for every child.
Why did you choose adoption as the plan for your child?
I knew that we couldn’t take care of another child. DHR had taken our oldest daughter from us because we were not able to provide her with the care she needed. I couldn’t imagine bringing another child into our situation. I wanted to give our daughter and our unborn child everything they deserve, but I knew I couldn’t do that for two children.
Was this a difficult decision?
My body mourns, but my mind is at peace. I really had to stop thinking about myself and focus on what my child needs. Deciding to place my child for adoption was all about the child, not me. Some people say that it was a great sacrifice for me, but I don’t see it that way. It was a chance for my child. It may not be the easiest way, but it’s still the best way.
What was your main goal for the child?
For her to have a complete future. It’s the greatest gift I could give her.
Why did you choose Agape instead of another agency?
I prayed about it, and God took over. The pregnancy clinic that I went to gave me some pamphlets from a few agencies. I liked Agape because I thought they would place my baby with a Christian family that would teach her about Jesus.
How do you feel now that Agape has helped find a family for your child?
I’m so grateful. So many blessings have come my way through this process. I now have my life on track and DHR has returned my oldest daughter to me. I know that God worked things out, and that Agape is keeping my youngest child safe. I don’t pine for her. I think of her, and I know she is loved by her new mom and dad.
What is your advice for pregnant women who are considering adoption?
Pray. Keep God first, and thank him for another breath of life. Don’t just think of yourself, but think of the future of your unborn child too.
If you could give the child one piece of advice, what would it be?
Please keep God in your life and try to have a positive outlook on life, even if things are getting bad. Remember that we can’t survive alone, so keep God with you.
Is there anything you’d like to say to the adoptive parents?
Thank you for taking care of my daughter. I knew she was yours the moment I saw you hold her. There was such a warmth in the room. She stole your heart immediately. You are a blessing!