I wanted to post 2 neat adoption articles I read this week:
http://www.npr.org/2013/01/11/169051364/-that-s-when-i-knew-i-was-adopted-mother-explains-to-daughter This article is a story about a woman adopted at birth without being told who then discovered her background as a Lakota Indian. She then learned more about her culture, which was a unique experience, and adopted a little Lakota girl who needed a family… only to find out down the road they were biological cousins. Crazy! A lot of people question the importance (as you can even see in the story’s comment section) of biological cultural identity in adoption. Not being adopted myself, I can’t say for sure, but it makes a lot of sense to me with the importance of a person’s culture and biology in their identity development. It seems to me that adopted people often have a search for self that could only be helped by finding out more about their cultural roots, but I can’t say for sure.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_RUSSIA_ADOPTION_PROTEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-01-13-06-48-09 This article is about a Russian protest responding to Russian’s ban on American adoptions. Did you know that there are estimated to be 740,000 children in Russia without parents and only 18,000 Russians waiting to adopt?
So those are my articles. My update for you is to say I’ve been working with some more pregnant mothers lately and this has been a neat blessing and a pleasant experience. It’s been a very relational part of my job and a great opportunity to bless women in an oftentimes vulnerable place. I went to an ultrasound appointment this week where a young lady got to find out the sex of her child… she was already certain it was a girl and the doctors confirmed it 🙂 What a beautiful baby she is having, it’s crazy how you can see so much from the ultrasounds these days!