Birth mother placed son for adoption, but adoptive family kept her involved in his life

Giving up a child for adoption can be an incredibly difficult decision for any parent. For Schauna Austin, it was a bittersweet experience when she gave birth to her son at the age of 20. She named him Riley and cherished every moment she had with him during the 72 hours they spent together.

“It was perfect. I knew I would have him for a short time, so I made every minute count of it. I didn’t sleep for three days,” she said.

9-year-old boy approaches an unfamiliar police officer and discreetly hands over a note