Patricia Cooper was just 17 years old when she found out she was pregnant.
A junior in high school, Patricia made the gut-wrenching and difficult decision to give her baby up for adoption.
Fast forward 18 years, and that baby and his adoptive mum have just attended Patricia’s college graduation, witnessing the moment she received her Master’s degree.
Patricia shared her heartwarming, and ultimately, bittersweet story on the Love What Matters Facebook page.
“I was raised in a low-class section of town, living on my mom’s disability and government assistance and often moving around to stay with different relatives because we couldn’t afford a place of our own,” she begins.
“When I told my mom that I was pregnant, she congratulated me, but I felt the world fall beneath my feet. I was devastated at the thought of bringing up a child in the same conditions in which I was raised. I shuddered at the thought of being a statistic and of having my child become a statistic as well. I knew that I had to ensure that my baby would have the best life that I could give him, which is why I chose to place my son up for adoption.”
Patricia explained that in making that decision, she felt a sense of relief. Not because she would be without the burden of a baby, but because she knew someone else would be able to give her son the kind of upbringing she would never be able to provide herself.
Towards the end of her pregnancy, Patricia met a couple – Kara and Dave – who wanted to adopt her unborn baby.
“From the moment I met them, I had the utmost faith and confidence in them. More importantly, I felt security for my son to become their son.”
Luckily, like Patricia, Kara and Dave wanted an open adoption, so together they worked out the final arrangements.
And then Patricia gave birth to a baby boy.