The more I learn about adoption, the more I see trends of oppression. The voices of adoptive parents — like myself — are the voices most often heard, uplifted, and shared while the voices of the adoptees and biological/birth families are often silenced, manipulated, abused, or changed.
If I do anything in this life, I hope I love well. I believe to my core that loving well is to lift up and amplify the voices of the oppressed. As an adoptive and foster parent, one of my biggest goals is to raise children confident enough to share their voice.
In my experience, if someone is saying something that makes other people squirm uncomfortably, it is something I need to listen to intently. Usually, when other people are defensive or uncomfortable when hearing about another’s experience or journey, it is convicting and confronting something inside of them. That discomfort is worth giving voice to, worth listening to, and then worth silencing enough so you can hear the heart of the hurting person.
CLICK HERE and hope over to Adoption.com to read twenty quotes from adoptees about being adopted that every adoptive parent should read.