My Adoption Story
In Black & White
I'm not a big believer in letting your past represent who you are in the present however my adoption story made me who I am. Being adopted is one of those things that if I were to meet someone on the street and discover that they too were adopted or once in the foster care system, we would instantly have a connection.
The connection would be a silent understanding of the endless questions we have about our pasts and the types of experiences only adoptees/fosters could share. We would also share our deeper understanding of family and all the different ways a family can be created.
For the past few years, I've been working on a book that never seems to come to an end. The title of the book has changed several times, Bring Jenny Home was its original title, named after the campaign my foster mother had started during her fight to regain custody over me, her then foster child.
The sizzle reel below needs to be updated badly but you'll get the point of the project.
Being a child of the system I wasn't fortunate enough to have baby pictures...
...In a way, I'm being selfish because I know I'm doing these kids a favor. Not the parents, the kids! I'm creating scenarios I wish that I had experienced.
"There are times when the adoption process is exhausting and painful and makes you want to scream... but, I am told, so does childbirth."
-Scott Simon, NPR's Weekend Edition
Successful Foster Kids
Foster kids and adoptees get such a bad rap! If you didn't already know, there are some very successful foster kids out there and I wanted to take a minute to point out a few. Musicians, athletes, designers, scholars, tech giants and the list can go on. Don't let the movies and television fool you! We are in your communities succeeding, growing, and making a difference. We just need your help to get there... Just like everyone else.
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Adoption (a dop' tion) n.
Building a family through the process of concentrated, dedicated, enduring love, rather than biology.