I know it hurts your heart to believe it, but mothers do leave their babies. I am glad I was left somewhere safe. Can't we provide that option for all children? Don't we owe it to these tiny people who cannot do for themselves? If it only saved one life, wouldn't it be worth it?
I was adopted from China as a healthy baby, and so the odds are pretty high that my gender led to me being orphaned. It makes me sad to think that in many parts of the world, a family's reaction to a daughter is, "Oh no! Not a girl!'"
My mind was swimming as we drove to the aiport. I was trying to process everything he was telling me against what I'd been told my entire life. I wanted to believe him, but there something I was missing... something more that needed to be said.
I have been talking with homeless kids from all over the country, asking them to help us understand what it means to be left on the streets, asking them to give witness to what they endure. I ask you to look into their traumatized eyes and listen with me to their heartbreaking testimonies.
Child abandonment is about poverty and the desperation that ensues. Young women are not educated and able to make their own decisions. They are abused and used by men who are also uneducated, depressed, angry and powerless.
This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.