Thoughts On the Stigma
Last week I came across this blog post by adoptive dad (and freelance writer) Kevin Hendricks on overcoming the stigma that surrounds adoption in our culture. Kevin recently welcomed home his son Milo from Ethiopia, so he brings heart and perspective to the issue.
As I read Kevin’s post, I had to remind myself that I can’t change the perceptions of our culture at large or the perceptions of the thousands and thousands of adoptees out there (even though I wish I could). What I can do — what we can do — is make a continual effort to change the perceptions of those around us. We have the privilege to of defining adoption for our kids, our families, our friends, and our coworkers. The more we take advantage of that opportunity, the more the stigma disappears from our culture.