Brave like a Girl | Open Adoption and Two AWESOME Dads

My daughter and I were playing. She was the doctor, and I was her patient. She pretended to give me a shot. I pretended to be nervous in anticipation of the pain. She gently put her hand on mine, whispering, “Don’t be scared. Be brave… Like a Girl!”
I was blown away. Only four years old, she hadn’t heard this expression before. It was one of those moments when you feel like you are just totally winning at the parenting thing. And it stuck with me for the greater picture of raising a girl. – This is an excerpt from Mark Loewens blog.

Mark Loewen is a psychotherapist and a dad. He was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and moved to the United States to pursue his counseling career. He met the love of his life shortly after finishing graduate school. A few years later, they became dads through open adoption. Becoming a father to a girl further opened Mark’s eyes to the challenges many girls and women face in today’s world. Mark is the founder of LaunchPad Counseling, a private practice in Richmond, VA. He also started Brave Like A Girl, a website that helps parents who are raising Brave Girls. With his book, “What Does a Princess Really Look Like?” Mark hopes to add more representation of diverse families in the kid’s literature, by featuring two (gay) dads.


Maria Fuller

Founder | Thought Leader at Raising A Powerful Girl
Maria Fuller is the Founder and Thought Leader behind Raising a Powerful Girl an online education and community platform that connects professionals from all over the world to parents raising girls to educate and empower them on their parenting journey with the goal of fostering Independence, Leadership and Strong Personal Identity in Girls so they can change the world.

She Graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center witha BS in Health Science, minor in Emergency and Disaster Management and concentration in Women Studies. She holds a Certificate from MIT in Leadership in Times of Disruption and A Certificate in The Science of Parenting from UC SanDiego.She worked as a critical care paramedic for years until a permanent injury on the job caused her to change her life direction with work but not without first teaching her of the importance of Independence, Leadership and Personal Identity which are the foundations of her work.

She is a mom to two little girls and has spent nearly a decade working with women of all ages to help shed unhealthy beliefs and breakdown stereotypes surrounding pregnancy, motherhood, body image, self esteem, parenting, women in leadership and much more.

She Believes each of her daughters was sent to her to remind her of a piece of herselfshe haslost or not loved during her journey. She lives with her husband and girls on a little river in Southbury CT.She and her girls can be found listening and singingto “Fight Song” in the car on the way to school

She believes that the change we need to see in this world begins with Raising a Powerful Girl and her lifes work is to help you understand what this means and how you navigate this journey so that we can Raise a Generation of Strong, Independent Women Leaders with high personal integrity and morals that will push for the changes we so desperately need.