Adoption is the act of legally taking in another child and bringing it up as one’s own. National adoption day is celebrated on November 23 every year. This is meant to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in this nation in foster care waiting to be adopted and given a permanent home. Spring Hill High School has many students who have been affected by adoption as well.
“I love being adopted. Our family is different from everyone else and even though they didn’t physically make me, my parents’ love for me is so strong,” SHHS student Tai Reed said. ” I know they are my parents because they raised me.”
It makes sense that we celebrate adoption in the same month as Thanksgiving. Providing a loving home benefits the parents and the child. But, it does sometimes leave unanswered questions for kids about their heritage and genetics. Some children seek those answers, others just accept that they will not know.
“I don’t ever think about seeing them now because there is no point,” Reed said. “They made the decision to give me up and I don’t see the point in talking to them. “
Regardless of the blood connections, adoptive children have as much love for their parents as those born naturally.
” I was adopted at such a young age,” 11th grader Micheal Marrs said. “I love them like there my biological parents”
The connections between adopted families are strong. But, with days like National Adoption Days, there is a connection between kids that have been adopted, giving them a network of friends with the same experiences.
“I honestly feel better knowing that there are other kids in the world, the school even, that went through the same thing I did, ” 12th grader Dylan Barlow said. “ I am friends with people who are adopted, and the bond between us is so strong”