Happy Adoption Day 2022!

41 years ago, I was granted the incredible gift of not just two, but four parents: Two biological parents who were no longer dating and just weren’t ready to raise a child, and two parents who chose me as their first child.

I was 3 days old at the time, so I don’t remember any of this. But I’m eternally grateful for the choices made by my biological mother and my parents. I have my life because of those choices.

If you’re adopted too, your experience may be similar to mine or it might be quite different. I’m fortunate that my parents were always transparent about my origins, not something to hide and be revealed on a specific day. I’m also lucky that I had the option to connect with my biological mother whenever I wanted (I waited until I was in college), and we still correspond from time to time.

Regardless of your experience, if you’re adopted too, I hope it’s okay if I celebrate my kinship with you today. It’s perfectly normal that we’re adopted–there’s absolutely no stigma in it–but it’s also something special and unique that we share. I like how I said it in my post a few years ago:

“Old and young, men and women, humans and cats…your story is different than mine, but we share a common bond. It’s a badge of honor for me to share that bond with you.”

Happy adoption day!

10 thoughts on “Happy Adoption Day 2022!”

  1. While I never adopted any children (we tended to take in families that needed help) all three of my boys adopted through the foster care system. Of my 11 grandchildren, 7 of them are adopted. It is a blessing to all of us in so many ways.

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  2. Happy Adoption Day! I’ve known you so long I can’t think of you as anything but in your late 20s. All the best to you!

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  3. Happy Adoption Day! I’m a fellow adoptee. I was also young – about one week old. My birth parents were very, very young ( early teens). I am forever thankful for the choice they made. My sister is adopted as well. She adopted my niece and one of my nephews as well!

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  4. Happy adoption day Jamey!

    My wife and brother-in-law were adopted, at a time and using a process that locked away information about their biological parents. Doing some detective work using DNA analysis and online family trees, I’ve been able to determine identities and connect them to their biological families. The resources are now widely available for adoptees without this knowledge to track it down if they desire.

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