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An Adoption Story

There is still a lot of stigma and misconception surrounding adoption in our society. People often think it's a big mystery, or that adopted kids are destined to have troubled lives, or that adoption always costs enormous amounts of money and is therefore only for the wealthy. It's great when a celebrity can call attention to adoption in a positive way.

Rodney Atkins, a country singer, was himself adopted, and has used his celebrity to draw attention to this issue.

Atkins has not been taking the gift he was given for granted. He has used his platform as a country musician to step into the role of a spokesman for the National Council for Adoption. He has chosen to speak out so that other children might be given the same chance he was given and so that other mothers might make the same sacrifice that his made. In the AP article, Atkins recognized his birth mother’s courage and said that he could never give back to her as much as she gave to him. In addition, Atkins has used his music career to raise $5,000,000 for the children’s home he lived at before his adoption.

The more we talk about the appealing aspects of adoption, the joy of adoptive parenthood and the goodness of being an adopted child, the more we will advance adoption as a viable alternative to abortion.

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I saw you
today
as you guided
your little man across that busy street.

You were wearing some
big man boots
and
watching cars and lights.

Your little man had on
black sneakers and
a Mickey Mouse hat
that bounced
as he walked.

He wasn't watching nothing but
your big man boots
and
the white stripes of the crosswalk.

Just before
he got to the sidewalk again,
his step bounced a bit
- he hopped over
a spot where the asphalt broke.

You turned to look,
holding out a hand to
your little man.
Not rushed or angry,
just making sure
he got up
on that sidewalk.

Then you walked on,
in your big man boots,
face into a cold Michigan wind,
with the little man behind,
his hat bouncing.