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Jackie's Adoption Story

I was adopted years ago in the middle of winter 1980. A couple days before, my mom was out roller skating with her high school students when my dad received a phone call at home that a baby was waiting for them and they were going to be parents. They immediately drove a few hours to pick me up, even though they were not prepared- not a crib, a car seat, or anything. I wasn’t feeling very well after I was born, so I stayed with a foster family for a couple days. When they knew I was feeling better, my parents were able to bring their daughter home. They were not able to have children, so I was their special gift from God.

My biological mother was in high school when she was pregnant with me. I’m sure she felt she was not capable of providing me with everything she wanted me to have and decided that adoption would be the best choice for the both of us. My birth parents selected my mom and dad to be my new family. My parents are the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I could not imagine my life any other way. I am constantly reminded of the wonderful, selfless choice my birthparents made by choosing adoption for me. I have had an abundant life full of many opportunities that I may not have otherwise been able to enjoy, including world travel, education, activities and religion. I was raised in a very loving home, and I continue to be extremely close to my parents today. I have never felt any void in my life or felt differently in any way because of being adopted.

I have never really had a desire to search for or contact my birthparents. As I got older, I figured it would be a good idea to try to obtain my medical history. I was not sure how to go about getting that information, so I started by contacting my adoption agency. I went ahead and had my adoption file opened and sent to me. I learned some information about my birthparents, which gave me an entirely new insight about adoption. After all this, I learned that a strong passion for adoption lies within me, and I have now chosen to pursue a career working with adoptions. I am able to experience all the pieces that make up adoption by working with birth parents, adoptive families, and adoptees. It is wonderful to see families being made and know that I share many of their same feelings. I thank God for life, family, and the amazing power of adoption.



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