As an adoptive parent, I am often told how wonderful I am to have adopted my son. Or sometimes they will comment how lucky my son is to have us as his parents. Adoptees typically don’t like to be told they are lucky, as there is also trauma and loss wrapped up in their adoption placement. This author shares with you 5 things he’d like you to know about him as someone who is adopted.
But I am still human, just like you.
I was adopted. That does not automatically make me lucky, and it doesn’t automatically put me in debt to anyone. I am still a human being, just like everyone else, and my circumstances don’t change that in any way. We are all dealt a hand when we are born, and our fates are not in our control as we wind our way through the experience of childhood. Now that I am an adult, I can reflect back on where I came from, and I often do. And as an adoptee, I appreciate it when others understand what it’s like—here are five things I want them to know: