Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to 88-year-old Bessie Elliott. In July, after noticing many of the same pets, still needing homes on the Multnomah County Adoptable Pets page, Elliott decided to action.
Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a foster parent is the moment when our child from foster care leaves our homes. As a foster parent, our home becomes a place where children placed in the foster care system come for a period of time, with the goal of being reunited with their family in the near future.
The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
Barring sibling abuse, everything possible should be done by orphanages, adoption agencies, caring adoption practitioners, and prospective adopters to maintain kinship connections and avoid subjecting children who have already lost parents to additional loss.
In the summer of 1998, only a month after I turned 20, I accidentally discovered that I was adopted. The experience threw me into an identity crisis. It also had the curious effect of teaching me about religious freedom.
They say that America is the land of the free. It's a principle upon which our nation was built, enshrined in the First Amendment and the national anthem taught in schools. But as I hiked into the woods to find a place to hide my sacred eagle feathers out of fear of being arrested, I wondered how free we really are.
"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.
What is the debate concerning international child adoption? That depends on who you ask.
Abandoning vulnerable children you have legally committed to protect as your own, forever, to non-vetted strangers who often have proven to be abusive, is one of the worst forms of child cruelty. We need to put some teeth into preventing these atrocities the GOA confirms is still going on.
At 52 years old, I'm a daughter, wife, stepmother, sister, aunt and friend. I am all of these things and I am grateful. However, the one thing I am not is a mother. Years ago, I made the decision not to have children. What I failed to do, however, was listen to the voice of my future self.
Recently, I met my son's mother for the first time. You have no idea how long I've waited to use that line. (OK, 33 years.) My older son, Rory, was finally able to find his birth mother, Erika, and introduced her to the rest of the family soon after.
It was February 2006. I decided I was done. I was done with needles, hormones, stirrups, blood tests, doctors and medical bills. Finally, my husband and I talked. We talked about building a family. We talked about what we were going to do now that we could not.
The best way to prevent adoptee suicide is to accept that your child comes into your family with an existing family and, very possibly, with grief over losing them. Honor her grief, encourage him to verbalize his anger, and embrace their kin despite your fear.
Whether people reading this decide to support Carry On or they decide to get involved in another luggage program from another organization for youth in foster care, I will be happy. Because the goal is to make sure that NO child ever has to pack their belongings in anything but proper luggage.
You may never know how truly grateful we are for your decision to choose adoption for your unborn baby. There were other choices you could have made but you chose life and another family to raise your precious child. Our story is not the typical "thank you" for choosing life and for choosing our family.
Equal civil and human rights cannot be compromised! Equal is not equal when it contains any caveat, no more than "separate but equal" is equal.