I Am Not a Stereotype: Birth Parents Speak Out

In honor of Birth Mother's Day, we wanted to share these powerful voices with you.

Terra Cooper May 07, 2016

I am always looking for ways to honor birth parents. With Birth Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to do something to show the world that these women and men are not the stereotypes that they are portrayed as in the media. I asked some of my amazing friends who are birth parents to answer, “I am not a stereotype, I am . . . ” Their words speak for themselves.

The media may show birth parents as one thing, but they are just as diverse and unique as any other men and women in the world. They all have their own stories, their own journeys, and even if any of them fit the “stereotype” that is shown in the media, it doesn’t define them as a person. It is so important in all areas of our life to simply not judge someone based on a part of their life.

I hope you take a minute to read their truths and get to know these beautiful people that I am so blessed to have in my life.

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Terra Cooper

Terra Cooper is a Staff Storyteller at Adoption.com. She is a mother of three-- two boys and one girl who was adopted. She is also a professional wedding photographer, a self-proclaimed foodie, and a TV/movie addict. Visit her website.


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