about what they are thankful about, I am not doing that this year but something
that I am thankful every day is the awareness of Adoption during November –
what a great month for Adoption to be on people’s minds!
November is National Adoption
Month, a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children
and youth from foster care. This
month always brings me many thoughts.
Some of my readers might already know this, I am adopted.
ONLY parents. My adoption is a closed
adoption so the necessity or want of knowing who my biological mother and
father are hasn’t really ever been an issue.
What I do know is this; my bio mother was a 14 years old when she gave
birth to me, she was not married, her parents decided it was best that she
follow through with the pregnancy but use adoption in the end. I was in foster care for a couple weeks as an
infant. My parents adopted me 3 weeks
after I was born. I have been their
daughter ever since.
too was adopted just weeks after birth.
He, like me, has always thought of our parents as his ONLY parents. He also had a closed adoption.
system but is also for awareness for those babies like my brother and me. There are thousands of children of all ages
that need a “forever family”.
involved in sharing the awareness. This
year the word is getting out about adoption!
Last week, President
Obama issued a proclamation in recognition of National Adoption
Month that clearly expresses his belief that adoptive families come in all
forms. It also represents his belief and
ours that adoption decisions should be based on the best interests of children
and that all qualified caregivers should be allowed to serve as adoptive
everyone involved but I encourage you to look into your family dynamics and see
if adoption is right for you and your family at some point. I know, sounds weird coming from an adopted
child who has a biological 16 month old son who plans on having another child
soon BUT that being said adoption in the future is not out of the question.
biological mother made at such a young age.
She went through a pregnancy and in the end made the best choice for the
baby and mother involved. I am thankful
for her parents and support system that helped her get through those 9 months
of pregnancy and then helped her “hand” her blood to Lutheran Family
Services. I am thankful for my Mom and
Dad – they changed my life timeline when they signed those adoption
papers! I often think back to what my
life would have been if I would have stayed with my biological mother or for
that matter bounced from foster home to foster home. Thankful really doesn’t sum it up!
to be thankful for in the following days of November, think about anyone you
know who was adopted. Be thankful for
their story or for the part they play in your life!