Audrey Fontaine, homeless and alone, found support in unexpected places, first from a nurse who urged her not to abort her unborn baby and later from the couple who she chose to adopt her son.
The Dallas, Texas woman believes God used these people to help her choose life and get back on her feet, according to the women’s blog Amo Mama. And her son, now 2, is thriving with his adoptive family.
“I once thought my life was over, but God gave me a life inside of me, which gave me my life back,” Fontaine wrote at Love What Matters. “Some days are hard, but I don’t regret my decision. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
When Fontaine realized she was pregnant, she was living in her car. She had a bad relationship with her family and no support from friends or the baby’s father. For a while, she said she seriously considered having an abortion.
“I kept thinking to myself that an abortion would be easier,” she remembered. “All of this could be over with just one appointment. I would just get my life back if I killed the baby, right? I wouldn’t have to face my father about this or feel like a disappointment, but I knew I couldn’t base this decision on how easy it was.”
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Curled up in her car one day, feeling heartbroken, Fontaine said the idea of adoption popped into her head.
“I immediately went to Google search, and I clicked on the first ad that popped up and quickly called,” she said. After talking to an adoption attorney, she said, “For the first time in a long time, I felt hopeful after he explained how adoption worked. I knew God wanted me to take this path, but I wasn’t sure.”
Still considering aborting her unborn baby, she said her interaction with a nurse finally convinced her that adoption was the right path to take.
Fontaine said the nurse begged her not to have an abortion and told her about the joy that a child would bring to her life; the nurse also offered to find a home for her. After the appointment, she said she drove around and stopped at her father’s house, but no one was home.
“I told God to give me a sign to help me decide what to do,” she said. “Seconds later, the nurse from the clinic called with news. She had found a place for me to stay at a maternity home a couple of hours away. It was the last bed left, and it was mine.”
Now with a home, Fontaine began searching for an adoptive family for her son. She said one family’s profile struck her because of their compassion and willingness to allow her to continue to be involved in her son’s life. Meeting them in person further confirmed her choice.
“… I felt so comfortable telling my story, and we all cried. I felt love for the first time in a very long time. In this moment, all of my fears were eliminated. I knew these two people would do everything I couldn’t. I wasn’t scared anymore, because I knew that they not only would adore this little baby, but they also loved me, too,” she said.
Her son was born on Oct. 6, 2019, and his adoptive parents quickly arrived to greet him. Two days later, Fontaine said she signed the papers to give up her parental rights. Though difficult, she said she knew she was doing the right thing.
“I wasn’t giving my child away. I was placing him into the arms of two loving parents who would always be a part of me and my life. It was joyful and emotional. It was everything I ever wanted for my baby,” she said.
Two years later, Fontaine said she stays connected with her son and his adoptive family. They send her texts and photos and video-chat online together, and she occasionally sees her son in person. She has a steady job and a home now, too.
“This journey has taught me about strength and sacrifice,” she said. “Love makes a family, and it’s the truest thing I know. I am a birth mother, and adoption is a brave love.”