Greetings to all my blog readers who celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday and to those who do not. I’m currently sipping on a candy cane hot chocolate as I compose a special brief, gift blog for you.
Christmas is a time that we think about gifts.
Birth parents have given the gift of life. For many reasons, birth parents sometimes select an alternative plan for their birth child. They may have a relative that can give baby the love and care of a kinship family. When they do not, they may consider adoption.
Adoptive parents have known grief and heartache. Rising up from the depths of their loss they realize that a child that is already born, or soon to be born, needs them, and answer that call, offering the gift of their love. Their adoption journey has begun, and it is often a challenging road to becoming parents.
Newborns, children, and youth, born to unprepared birth parents have known loss. There is a trauma seed that has been planted in them, and their individual and unique life experiences determine its rate of growth, or can even render it dormant. Kinship and adoption families offer love to mitigate the impact of their loss and trauma.
Everyone in each of these scenarios has something to share, and that is the gift of love.
❤️ Love gives birth parents the strength to look at the needs of their children above their own.
❤️Love gives adoptive and kinship parents the strength to give children a family.
❤️Love gives children the knowledge that they have two families, birth and adoptive/kinship.
❤️The love of family is the best gift of all!
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. 🎄
‘See’ you all next year.