Everyone loves a good story. Great stories tell of grand adventures, lives well lived and incredible obstacles overcome. They remind us of the extraordinary right in the midst of our ordinary lives. Good stories invite us to live our own lives with more intentionality and gratefulness, and they challenge us to look beyond our present towards the future we hope to build for ourselves and our families. Stories of international adoption, when told as a family’s personal journey do just that — they lead us to greater thankfulness about our present circumstances and encourage us to dream of a better world for the world’s children.
International Adoption is frequently in the news for the wrong reasons. Describing an adoption situation gone tragically wrong makes for better copy than describing a child who is successfully transitioning to living in a loving, permanent home. The negative stories may give individuals unfamiliar with international adoption the wrong impression. They may not understand that legislation like the Hague Convention and the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 means that approved or accredited international adoption agencies process thousands of successful, ethical international adoptions every year. The negative stories carried in the news represent an infinitesimal percentage of all the adoption stories in our country.
So we salute People magazine for devoting space within their January 12, 2015 issue to tell the adoption story of four Haitian siblings adopted by People reporter Steve Helling and his wife, Emma. The magazine’s article titled “Adoption Journey” is a wonderful opportunity to reach People magazine’s 3.5+ million readers with a positive message about international adoption. The Helling family are honest about the difficulties they faced in transitioning from a family of four to eight. However, they are also clear that the rewards outweigh the risks.
Sharing positive adoption stories is imperative not only to help the millions of orphans in need of loving, permanent homes but also to motivate families to consider international adoption as a means to grow their families and to encourage families in the midst of their adoption process. For these reasons, we introduced our Adoption Stories blog category. Every adoption journey is different and our courageous families all have important stories to tell.
If you are a MLJ Adoptions’ family who has completed your adoption journey and would like to be featured in an Adoption Stories blog, please contact Sheri.