Today, I was thinking about the idea of wanting to know where you come from. It was a special day in our family; the birthday of a man who I called my grandfather, even though we weren't technically related, and my grandma's birthday as well.
You often hear that children who were adopted grow up to wonder where they come from. Sometimes adopted children grow up and go on a quest to find their birth parents, to learn more about their biological history. It's only natural to be curious about where you come from, and while not all adopted children grow up and want to find their birth parents, sometimes it does happen.
In adoption through foster care, it seems to me that the situation is completely different. Even if a child is extremely young when placed into the foster care system, they will grow up to understand that they were taken from their biological parents for good reason. In adoption, a child might wonder why their biological parents gave them up. In adoption through foster care, a child will find out that their biological parents could not care for them for any number of reasons, such as drug use, or the fact that they abused their children. I don't think that children adopted through foster care would grow up and feel the need to look for their biological parents. In addition to the feelings associated with adoption, there are the facts to take into account. Adoptions through foster care are closed adoptions. You can't get into those records later on because they are sealed.
Adoption through foster care is very different than straight adoption. The rules are different, the feelings are different, and the people involved are different. Someone giving their baby up for adoption might be looking out for the best interest of their child. A child who is first put into foster care is being looked out for by C.P.S. and not by their biological parents. It's a completely different scenario. But in both cases, the children are being given new families, new lives, and new hope for the future. Adoption is a really beautiful thing.
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