Eric Thomas is a meteorologist at a news station in North Carolina. Adopted himself, he is keenly aware of the thousands of children in the United States who are yearning to be a part of a family where they will be safe and loved forever. That’s why he decided to share his adoption story.
“It saddens me to think about the countless children in our community, our state, and beyond who have . . . no concept of what it’s like to be part of a permanent, loving, safe, forever family,” writes Thomas. Because he was adopted as a newborn, Thomas never had to experience that sense of disconnection. He always knew that he was loved.
But he realizes that isn’t the case for every child. “I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a six-year-old child, or eight . . . pick your age . . . wondering if they will ever be worthy enough to be called someone’s son or daughter . . . or if they will ever be worthy enough to be called someone’s brother or sister. I can’t comprehend being a child and having those thoughts. ”