I spoke at a conference in San Diego this past weekend. The event— Embrace Who You Are—was organized by Oleg Lougheed and his non-profit group, Overcoming Odds.
Oleg has a vision to create space for adoptees to share their experiences and overcome their challenges. He believes, like I do, in the power of story. Yours, mine, and his.
The day was transformative! It further strengthened my long-standing opinion that adoptees have a universe of wisdom to share with the world. All we have to do is assure them that it’s safe to open up and let that wisdom flow.
In my last post, Kinder Beauty, I wrote that what orphaned children and foster youth can benefit from the most are gestures of kindness, thoughtfulness and consideration.
At the time I wrote the post, I had no idea that elementary students in New Mexico would be my shining example.
Then, I was given a story about an amazing act of kindness born of a teachers workshop at Douglas MacArthur Elementary school, in Albuquerque. It seems that a woman named Marjori Krebs has been engaging teachers in her workshops to better understand children and youth in foster care, in order to identify and meet their needs.
November 9, 2014 will mark the first—ever—World Adoption Day. I’m excited and thrilled to have this day noted on my calendar.
I have said, many times over many years, that I long for a day when every child has a forever family and adoption is celebrated on every continent.
This November 9th we can begin to make this dream a reality by reaching out to the world, and up to the heavens, with a message of what adoption really means.