14 Moms Reveal What It's Like To Give Up Their Babies For Adoption — And It's Heartbreaking

"I gave my son up for adoption to keep him safe from his birth father."

Giving up a child for adoption, no matter the reason, can be a harrowing decision to make. The painful separation between child and mother aside, adoption still carries a stigma in today's society and can come with a whole lot of judgment from others. 

According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, more than 423,000 children are in the U.S. foster care system; 114,556 of them available for adoption.

Statistics aside, moms have anonymously opened up about their adoption experiences via the Whisper app — and their confessions expose the struggle that many moms face when they're considering finding their child a new home.

1.

I gave my baby up for adoption 15 years ago. I know I did the right thing
by her, but I miss her so much.

2.

When I gave my baby up for adoption, there were 7 couples interested. They
were all lovely but I chose these two women, both unable to have kids and
so in love. They are one hell of a family to my son

3.

Three years after giving my baby up for adoption as a young mother, I still
cry myself to sleep on many nights. They say time heals all wounds, but I
think they were wrong.

4.

Sometimes I

5.

I gave my baby up for adoption. I think about him everyday. But I know it
was the right choice.

6.

I gave my son up for adoption. It felt horrible at first but now it feels
really good knowing I gave someone the chance to be parents

7.

I

8.

I gave my daughter up for adoption, because I am terrified of being like my
mother.

9.

I gave my baby up for adoption and now all I do is sleep all the time....

10.

I gave my daughter up for adoption almost 5 years ago. I hope that she is
happy where she is

11.

I gave my beautiful baby boy up for adoption to give him a better life. I
worry he

12.

I gave my daughter up for adoption 7 years ago. The adoptive parents lied
to me and closed the adoption. I miss her every day.

13.

I gave my son up for adoption to keep him safe from his birth father

14.

I got judged more for putting my son up for adoption rather than having him
young