November is National Adoption Month! In honor of National Adoption Month I thought I would post a poem that has meant a lot to many of the families that I work with. I have a ton of them, but this is one of my favorites.
Legacy of an Adopted Child
Once there were two women, who never knew each other.
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother.
Two different lives shaped to make you one.
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun.
The first one gave you life. The second one taught you to live it.
The first one gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it.
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name.
One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim.
One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears.
One sought for you a home she could not provide.
The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied.
And now you ask me through your tears,
The age old question unanswered through the years.
Heredity or environment, which are you a product of?
Neither my darling, neither,
Just two different kinds of love.
I hope you adoptive parents out there enjoy it!
Part of my job is recruiting adoptive parents for the waiting children in Alabama. Nationally, there are 510,000 children currently in foster care, 129,000 of whom are waiting for permanent families. Just in Alabama (Sorry, I don’t know other states statistics) there are almost 300 children waiting to be adopted! These are children who have had termination of parental rights and for whatever reason their foster parents are not willing or able to adopt. 300 children living in foster care or a group home waiting for their forever family!! These are primarily older children – African American children ages 2 and older, children of all other races 8 and older, also sibling groups that are going to be placed together and any child who has special needs. The slogan for National Adoption Month is “Answering the Call: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be A Perfect Parent.” If you are interested in finding out more about foster care adoption check out the following websites…
HAPPY NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH!!