Giving Thanks


With Thanksgiving Day approaching, this week has been a time for reflection and for giving thanks for all that we are blessed with. First and foremost we all give thanks for the blessings of our families and friends. For me personally, I am grateful for a loving and supportive family who understand my time cosuming duties for the adoption agency in pursuit of bringing home more children.

I give thanks as well for the wonderful and caring staff that I have a pleasure to work with, both foreign staff and domestic staff. There are many individuals who are part of your process, many of whom you will never meet. I am blessed and thankful to be working with these individuals who over and over again go one step further to make sure an orphan is adopted into a forever family.

I am thankful for all of you, the adoptive families, who have entered these programs willing to open your hearts and homes to children in need. I am thankful to all of you for your perseverance in successfully completing the many required steps involved in the adoption process. I know it is long, it is hard for you to stay patient. I am thankful and grateful to all of you. Many thanks to those of you who have sent messages of gratefulness and thank you’s.

I am sure there are many things that you, as adoptive parents, are thankful for and that you will express this thankfulness to those special people in your lives. You also know that many times your adoption process can seem long and for some of you, roadblocks seem to be around every corner. In spite of this, most of you continue forward with patience, until success makes its appearance. During times of stress and overcoming obstacles, please remember to be positive after all, the finalization of your process means you will have a beautiful child, or in some cases, children.

During this season of being thankful for our blessings, please remember the positives of your process and not focus on negative aspects, especially when speaking to others about your adoption process and its hurdles. Remember your words can determine whether or not a family moves forward with an adoption. of a child in need.

Let us all be thankful for the children, the staff that assists you and the ability to adopt these children, no matter how difficult the process seems.

Most importantly, let us remember that adoption is about the children and not necessarily you as the parents. The adoption process is not about me or you, but it is about placing a child in need with a new and loving family and I am blessed to be a part of your adoption process. Thank you!

Wishing all of you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sonja Brown works as the International Program Director for MLJ Adoptionsā€™ programs in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Samoa. Sonja is also proud to work directly with our Individualized Country Program families who are adopting from countries where no adoption service providers currently operate.