The Inspiration for The Moonlight Foundation
Updated: Mar 11, 2019
My husband, Shane, and I are unabashed fans of adoption. No. Scratch that. We are rabid champions of adoption. We recommend it to everyone. We talk about it all the time. We urge people to build a family though it. Admittedly, we are somewhat biased. Nearly 2 and a half years ago we adopted a baby girl from Pennsylvania. We were at her birth. We fell in love with her then and that love has grown every single day we have shared with her.
We have been trying to add to our family for over a year. In fact, we went to the birth of a baby we had hoped would be our second child, but it was not to be. His mother changed her mind the day after the birth and we returned home empty-handed, and heavy-hearted. We are still working hard to grow our little family, and we may be very close, but as we reflect on this journey we can't help but feel how lucky we are, and, sadly, how much luckier we are than other would-be parents. We had the resources to keep going after a disrupted adoption.
It got us thinking about all the people who never consider adoption as a real choice because it is a relatively expensive option. The average cost of an abortion in the US in 2017 was $500-$1000, whereas the average cost of a private adoption was $30,000-$40,000. It is also a complicated process, and there are widespread misconceptions about how the process works (think Miss Hannigan in Annie). We wanted to address these problems in a way that gave more people more opportunity to participate in adoption.
We genuinely believe in leveling the playing field to give women more choices when dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Making an adoption plan is not for everyone, and we respect that each and every woman should make the choice that is best for her. We are not anti-abortion, we are simply super-pro-choice. We hope that the work and mission of this foundation will bring people of different political persuasions together, and be a force that unites us. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, you can be pro-adoption and contribute to our work.