A couple of weeks ago, I attended a training event for Trauma Sensitive Schools. During that training, reference was made to a video on Youtube called “Removed”. This clip has a theme regarding foster care, as well as child abuse/neglect. This video is not for the fainthearted. It is powerful and speaks to child abuse/neglect as well as foster care. Note that the child carries their belongings in a garbage bag. There are initiatives that will collect suitcases and rolling bags for kids in foster care so that they don’t have to use garbage bags. The video is very accurate in it’s portrayal. I warn you in advance that it may trigger your emotions. Especially if this video is similar to a life that you led. Typically all of their belongings fit into the one garbage bag. This is a two part video. I am linking to part 1 today.
Adoption story – A thank you Readers may remember more than 4 years ago when I wrote about Ronald McDonald and Houdini. That four post series is still among the more popular posts on this site. My brother and I are adopted. Our father, adopted us when I was 3 and my brother was 4. In doing so, he gave us a chance at a normal life. A chance. Life has a strange way of showing you normal. There are no regrets. Every time I am in the city where dad lives, I make an effort to get together with him for coffee and conversation. Each time we are together, about once a month, I thank him for saving us. For giving us his name. It’s a simple thing really. He didn’t need to adopt us. He did. In the process he gave us his name, a grandmother, an Uncle
Today, November 22nd, is National Adoption Day. Celebrate the finding of forever families everywhere. A message from the Dave Thomas Foundation. Here is a link to the National Adoption Day website Here is a link to the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption A bit of history about my family. My brother and I are adopted. David, the person for whom this blog is written is also adopted. Not everyone who adopts a child is faced with the challenges that we have experienced with David. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Related articles National Adoption Day Wendy’s Walk for Kids breaks record with $250K National Adoption Day Marked With 10 Adoptions At Daytona Beach Ceremony Today was Adoption Day in Trumbull County Some Children Get Forever Homes On National Adoption Day Tweet #fighting4answrs