Here are 3 must read articles on adoption and Mother’s day:

  1. Mother’s Day and the Adoptive Mom

    PHOTO BY CURTIS LANTINGA

    “Mother’s Day brings to mind fresh flowers, blueberry pancakes and homemade cards. It’s a day to be spoiled and fêted by family. But for me, an adoptive mother, it’s never as simple as the Hallmark holiday it’s touted to be.

    Don’t get me wrong: I feel deep joy in my role as mom to my two-and-a-half-year-old son, and I marvel at his giddy joie de vivre. But the way I arrived at motherhood will always be bittersweet. In order for me to become a mom, another mother had to lose a child.” READ MORE

  2. How to Celebrate an Adoptive Mom-to-be on Mother’s Day

    “For some women, the time that passes between making the decision to adopt and becoming a mom is relatively short. For others, it can be long — sometimes spanning several years. Prospective adoptive moms who are waiting to be matched with an expectant mom in the case of domestic adoption, waiting for a referral or travel approval in the case of international adoption or waiting for foster care placements are still moms-to-be. Don’t forget to honor adoptive moms-to-be on Mother’s Day.” READ MORE

  3. What I’d like to tell the woman who adopted me when I was 8

    “I can not imagine what it must have been like to welcome an 8-year-old child into your home. Especially one that came to you broken, hurt and unsure of what a family was. A little girl with too much loss in her young life and a maturity that should have been reserved for someone many years older. The adoption was beyond a decision to expand your family. It was the saving of a life that was on the brink of being lost.

     

    I remember you then, as beautiful as you are now. Strong, confident, calm and consistent. You had your hands full with me. Probably a lot fuller than you ever thought possible. I tested you almost every day. But you resolved to give me a better life and aimed to accomplish that goal with a determination unmatched by many.” READ MORE

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