November is National Adoption Month. Maybe you know this about me, but adoption has kind of a special place in my heart.
(You can read more about our journey to Joseph here.)
I’ve been intentional about not making Many Sparrows an adoption blog. Adoption is part of us, but it’s exactly that — part of us. And there are parts of the journey that are private and parts of the journey that are Joseph’s to tell if and when he wants to.
But, I also want to use this little corner of the Internet to come alongside, educate, and encourage — whether you’re adoptive parent, or you’ve considered adoption, or you love someone who has an adoption connection.
This month, I’d like to write a little more about adoption. It’s tricky because adoption comes from loss, and I want to be sensitive to that. So much has been written about adoption and adoption ethics and orphan care and foster care and family reunification and international adoption and domestic adoption and Christian adoption and interracial adoption. Some of it is fantastic, some of it? Not so much. I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel, but rather share things that just might help us love bigger and deeper.
Let’s look at these adoption posts as chats over coffee. We can grow and learn and share our stories and all be better for it, right?
Not all of my posts this month will be adoption-related, but I do have some ideas in the works. (Including some reviews/giveaways of a couple amazing adoption-related books!)
But I want to know — what do you want to know?
Do you want to know why we adopted? Why we adopted at such a young age? Why we adopted from Nigeria? How we navigated family responses? How we paid for fees? How faith plays a role? How ethics play a role? How the adoption process was emotionally? Spiritually? How we talk about adoption with our children? How we view race? How to support families who are adopting? What books to read? What books to read to our children? If we’ll adopt again? If I’ll ever stop giving example questions? (Ha!)
What do you want to know about adoption? I’m not an expert and certainly don’t have all the answers. I can’t promise to be able to share every detail, but I do want to be genuine and honest. I also have friends who work in adoption or are adoptive parents or were adopted who are much smarter than me and may just be popping in to write some guests posts.
Please comment or send me an e-mail with what you’d like to see. Or, if you have been touched by adoption in some way and would be willing to share a bit of your story, please let me know.