LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Each year in America about 135,000 babies are adopted, but what happens to the birth mothers once the baby has been placed in their new home?
A Lexington non-profit is pledging to provide resources and to stay by their sides and shining a light on the need for support.
Nearly ten years ago, adoptive mom Leigh Shapiro started an adoption agency of her own in Lexington. After working several years to place babies with families, she came to realize that birth mothers are often an afterthought.
Shapiro decided to take action and created a supplemental non-profit ‘A Heart For Birth Parents.’ The organization provides resources and support her agency is not able to, including financial assistance and counseling.
Kawanza Morton works with many of the women and says what they’re going through can be isolating until they realize they’re not alone.
“There are girls that still cry years on down and it’s crying and venting to people who understand,” Morton explains.
Giving that bit of support can empower these women in their next chapter in life. To learn more about how you can help, click here.