California Birth Mothers Share Their Adoption Experiences

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Portrait of newborn girl (0-1months) with mother
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Adoption is frequently cited, particularly among those opposed to abortion, as a solution to an unwanted pregnancy. But in fact, fewer than one in ten people denied abortion care chooses to put their child up for adoption, according to UCSF studies. We’ll explore why, and we’ll hear from women who did choose adoption about their experiences.


Angie Swanson-Kyriaco, birth mother; executive director, MPower Alliance

Gretchen Sisson, sociologist in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive sciences, UCSF

Ashley Morales, birth mother; program administrative assistant, La Selva, an outpatient behavioral health treatment program

Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, birth mother; agency and clinical director, Pact, an adoption alliance