Today, is National Adoption Day. I read somewhere that over 4,000 foster children were adopted last year the weekend before Thanksgiving! I'm not sure where I read it so, if anyone wants to fact check me. You're welcome to bring it on! Hehe.
In the 1970s, certain states began allowing adoptees to search for their birth parents, if they chose to do so. This is when states began to reform laws, but we still had a long way to go. Unfortunately, some biological parents did not want to be found. These were called closed adoptions. We've come along way since then, in 2000. The first National Adoption Day was celebrated.
This definitely hits home for me personally. My mother was adopted. I know how hard it was for her when I was growing up. We would talk about heritage in school and family trees. My naive child mind would ask, and she would do her best to explain. Needless to say her adopted mom was still like a biological mom to her. Luckily, she was adopted as a baby!
Unfortunately, this is not the case for most foster kids. They are in and out of the system for years, and they may never have the opportunity to find their forever home.
I have so many friends who were adopted. These people who have been adopted have special hearts. They love openly, because they were given a chance at unconditional love. Something we all deserve!