Adoption Blessings

Autumn

This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Adoption Month with November 21 having served as National Adoption Day, a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. Since 2000, more than 25,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day.

As the month of Thanksgiving, it makes perfect sense that November hosts this time to reflect upon the blessing of adoption, the children who need families and special joy that adoptive children can bring to families of all types. In Michigan, Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly said that Michigan Adoption Day provides a valuable insight. “As a rule, adoption finalization hearings are private, but through the kindness of the participating families, courts are opening their adoption hearings to the public,” Kelly said. “As a result, the public will get a look at the final stage of the adoption process, and witness the great joy of these families. We hope the experience may inspire others to consider adoption.”

In Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Thanksgiving marks a truly special occasion for the Long Family who brought sisters Ciara, 9, and Mercedes, 8, out of foster care and into their family last year after two years of determined effort. “Before it was just the two of us, now there’s homework, baths and reading before bedtime, and then we start the same cycle for the next day. We play more, and we sit down everyday to share breakfast together.” For families who experience the joy of adoption, Thanksgiving an especially rich occasion.

Just because November is almost over doesn't mean there are not plenty of opportunities for future adoptive parents. There are still many children, thousands in fact, in foster care waiting for permanent homes. Qualities you should be sure you have before adopting, according to the North American Council on Adoptable Children:

o A belief in adoption and ability to commit.

o Patience and perseverance.

o A good sense of humor and talent for keeping life in perspective.

o A love of children and parenting.

o An ability to roll with unexpected changes, stresses and challenges.

o An ability to accept things without judging.

o A tolerance and understanding for a child's conflicting feelings and your own.

For more information on adoption, visit www.adoptuskids.org. Adapted from Lehighvalleylive.com, Kelly Huth; PetoskyNews.com, Steve Zucker


 
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