Are you adopted? Here’s What Adoption Means to Me | National Adoption Day, from a South Korean adoptee.
What Adoption Means to Me | National Adoption Day
Once Upon a Time, there was a baby girl born in far away land called Seoul, South Korea. Small, helpless, and unaware, this baby had no inclination of how precarious her life was. Her future was uncertain and held in the hands of 2 unmarried teenagers. What would become of this baby girl’s fate?
This is no fairy tale. This is my adoption story. National Adoption Day is coming this Saturday, November 21st, and in celebration of a day that holds a special place in my heart, I am sharing what adoption means to me. Grab your cup of coffee and pull up a chair as we dive into my past (being 100% REAL here, folks) and what it means to me today.
I think my adoption gives me a whole new definition of the word love. Unfortunately, I didn’t fully grasp just how much I was loved until I became a parent myself.
My parents loved me before they even knew me or met me or even fathomed what I was like. They loved me the moment a picture of me was placed in their hands. They loved me the moment they saw my plane landed. They loved me through all of the screaming as I adjusted to American life. They loved me through the years as my personality grew and changed. They loved me just as their own children. They still do. It’s a love that I can fully appreciate now as an adult.
I would be lying if I said that being adopted was all “roses.” Growing up in a town with a very small population of Asians definitely made my features stand out. Needless to say, there were some pretty awful folks in my childhood that would remind me just how different I was all through life.
I struggled through times of acceptance with my family, knowing that I was completely “different” from them, wondering if I would ever fit in with the family dynamic. There were times when I wondered what life would be like in Korea. But I wouldn’t take back any of those challenges. They helped shape me into the person I am today.
Adoption gives me the hope of being an amazing parent, just like my parents. Adoption gives me the hope of one day adopting a child of my own. Adoption gives me the hope that my story could affect someone else’s adoption story. Adoption gives me hope in the world, in family, in love. Perhaps that’s why I’m so passionate about adoption. I am an adoption success story.
As National Adoption Day approaches, I a reminded how important family is to me. Everyone has a different family story. Adoption is something that I am proud of, that gives me character, and provides the unique opportunity to share with my children just how blessed we are as a family. The American family has changed so much over the years. In fact:
- One in 12 married couples in the U.S. are interracial 
- Nearly 40% of children don’t live with both of their biological parents. Only 62% of children live with their two biological parents 
- More than 1.5 million American families  have been touched by adoption
 2010 U.S. Census
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Today, I celebrate adoption and National Adoption Day. Sharing my story, looking through pictures, remembering my childhood, and eating a delicious snack with my kids, I am smiling ear to ear as I relive those moments that define who I am. Adoption is not only part of me, it is me. And it’s a legacy I am proud to share with my family.
How has adoption touched your life?
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Ann BAcciaglia says
Thank you so much for sharing your story. I know many families who have adopted children and I think it is an amazing thing to do.
Nicole Escat says
Your story was so inspiring! I’m so glad that you start your own happy family.
Adoption is such a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story
Toni | BoulderLocavore says
What a gift to share your story and your appreciation for your parents. I love this post.
Kelly Hutchinson says
Thank you for sharing your story of adoption. I think we find may areas of our life that resonate once we become parents.
Such a beautiful story. I love hearing wonderful adoption stories. My dad and his biological sister were adopted. My niece was given up for adoption and she has a wonderful life. It truly can be an amazing gift.
Amanda Schaeffer says
Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.There are so many kids who need good homes.
RANDY FULGHAM says
thank you for sharing this post–happy adoption day
Karen Yawn says
What a great story, I am so glad your adoption was a success as so many of them are not. It’s good to hear a success story.
Hannah C says
This was a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. I personally don’t know anyone whose been adopted but I think adoption is a wonderful thing.
Jan Lee says
My 15 year old niece was adopted the day she was born. My sister was in the delivery room with the mother. They were able to bring the baby home right away. I actually got to hold my niece when she was just a couple days old 🙂 It was and still is, an open adoption, so the single mother chose and knew who the parents were going to be, through an adoption agency. The mother is still allowed to have some limited contact with her biological daughter. My niece is being raised Catholic, and for her 8th grade graduation, they had to choose a patron saint to guide their lives. My niece chose William, who is the patron saint of adoption 🙂 My niece has known all her life that she was adopted. She knows who her (as she chooses to call her, birth mother) is. My niece also chooses to call the birth mother by her first name, and calls my sister, mom 🙂