AMP S2E11: Happy Birth Mothers' Day! - Lana Mitchell and Rachael Lopez
I still can't believe how honored and blessed I am to have gotten to interview this week's guests. They're not at all famous, and I'm still fangirling a little bit.
Lana and Rachael are birth and adoptive mom respectively...of the same child. When Lana got pregnant at age 21, so was torn between parenting and placing her daughter for adoption. Rachael was a family friend who was prepared to stand in the gap to advocate for Lana as she became a single mom. Fast-forward a bit, and thanks to a bold question from Rachael, amazing faith on the part of Lana, and a whooole lotta Jesus, they now have the open adoption that dreams are made of.
I am continually amazed by both of these women: Lana for her selflessness and courage, and Rachael for her amazing heart for Lana no matter what and her resolve to protect the integrity of her birth mom and consequently, all birth moms.
This episode had me crying, you guys.
Thank you again to all that were involved in our Birth Mom Brunch where Lana and Rachael were our keynote speakers! I am infinitely grateful for everyone's prayers and support. Let's do it again next year!
Those Three Words: A Birth Mother's Story of Choice, Chance, and Motherhood is out now! It is such an amazing book and you definitely need to grab yourself a copy over on Amazon!
Bethany Christian Services helps Expectant Mothers and Adoptive Families find each other. They are there to support and advocate for both parties and manage adoptions of all kinds. You can check out their website here to find a branch and director near you.
Grace Haven Ministries offers support and services for adoptive families in the trenches. I can say this from personal experience. We were at the end of our rope with this business and Grace Haven's director of counseling services was at our house within an hour... FO FREE. She talked us off the ledge and provided us with some great resources for moving forward. Seriously, reach out to them with your concerns and struggles TODAY. Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
The CALL trains, equips, and supports foster and adoptive families. You heard from the director in NWA, Ann in the first episode of this podcast. They are great and you should check them out. They have no-commitment info-meeting regularly if you just want to gather more information about adopting from the foster care system, and they provide the complete training you need to become an open home. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
Project Zero puts the real live faces of children who are available for adoption in front of the families looking to provide forever homes for them. They travel around the state promoting their dream of having Zero waiting children in Arkansas. You can check out their website here and their Facebook here.