November is national adoption month but November 22nd is national adoption day.
I myself was one of the few lucky individuals to be adopted. I have one mother whose heart I grew under, and another whose heart I grew in. Being adopted was not always pleasant though. Growing up kids and grown-ups could be quite mean if and when they found out I was adopted. I would just choose not to ever bring it up instead of talk openly about it. Sometimes their questions and statements would really hurt. You see being adopted, sometimes we can ask ourselves why we weren’t wanted. Why were we just given away?
But you see now that I am older and able to understand I see that I wasn’t just given away, I was protected. I was given a chance to have an amazing life I would not have had if I had not been placed in a home.
Putting a baby up for adoption is one of the most selfless things you can do. You are giving your baby a chance at a life you could not give them.
Now that I am grown up I want to adopt a child. I want to give one of the many many children who are in our countries foster system a permanent home. I want them to see that there is love in this world. I want to show them that there are grownups that will love them instead of hurt them. I want to give them somewhere they can call their own.
Can you imagine moving more times than you can count before the age of 5? Or having the only parents you have ever known not give you a place that you feel safe enough to sleep at night? Or having to sneak and steal food because you are so hungry and don’t know when the next meal may come? These are just some of the things these children have to go through.
Some kids in foster care have never heard those 3 special words… I Love You. Can you imagine never having anyone in your life tell you that they love you? Or worse yet, believing that someone that abuses you is showing you love by abusing you?
I wish I could rescue every child from these fates. But I cannot.
What can you do to make a difference in the life of a child?