My goal is to tell you stories of those touched by adoption, which includes the usual suspects like birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees. I also want to share the stories of social workers, community members who are supporting adoptees and adoptive families, and vulnerable populations, as well as parents who wanted to adopt but for some reason never reached the finish line. From all of these stories I want to draw a lesson, a theme. What can we learn and change about adoption that can make things better for children and families to come? What will adoption evolve into as birth rates fall in developed countries, or as poor people receive aid to improve their situations. How can we get all children, even those with less than perfect documentation into families who can support them? What problems exist that we haven’t imagined yet, and what solution have those closest to adoption imagined along their journey.
Those kernels of wisdom are what I want to uncover through the medium of engaging storytelling. Join me on these diverse journeys of adoption and learn with me as we find ways to fix the system that is meant to give every child a safe and loving family.