November: Adoption Awareness Month: Interviews with Mums of Adopted Children

For adoption awareness month, November…

The Forever Years

adoption looks FYBy Kirsteen McLay-Knopp

November is a busy month for child-advocacy related issues!  As well as Multiple Birth Awareness and Premature Birth Awareness, November is the month for increasing our “global family’s” knowledge of and sensitivity towards adoption.  There are many different kinds of adoption: domestic adoption (within one country); inter-country adoption and extended family adoption (as in the Maori tradition of “whangai”, where a child is adopted by his or her biological grandparents, aunties and uncles or other extended family members).

Since the dawn of time, people have been expressing strong opinions about the pros and cons involved in raising a child who has different DNA from our own.  In some countries and cultures, there are strong taboos against it, with “blood lines” being held up as being vitally important.  As a result, children who are orphaned, abandoned or for whatever reason left without parents or extended family networks…

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