My Child Was Allowed To Choose Adoption At 9

This is a rare look at the experience of foster care from the perspective of a mother whose children were taken away. It’s a heartbreaking story, but one that I think it’s important for foster/adoptive parents to encounter and understand. Yes, there are some monsters out there who should never have had children. But more often, the parents of children in foster care are people who love their children and want what’s best for them – but are fighting their own demons.

In this article, Shakkarah Harrison shares the story of why her 9-year-old daughter chose not to return home after being taken from her and placed in foster care.

Read it here.

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at She currently works as a content specialist at, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.

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