November is a month that a lot of bloggers do daily posts 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.
I was adopted at birth by my parents, I think of my “adoptive” parents as my 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.
My little brother is also adopted. He 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.
National Adoption Month is especially for adoptions with in the foster care 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”.
Thankfully it isn't just social media, family groups or social services getting involved in sharing the awareness. This year the word is getting out about adoption! Last week, President Obama issued a 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 parents.
Now of course adoption is not for everyone; it is a hard and long process for 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.
So back to Thankful Thursday!
I am so thankful for the decision my 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!
So when you think about something 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!
Who are you thankful for?