Dear Adoption, You Make My Heart Hurt and You Make My Heart Happy
Sometimes I feel happy that I’m adopted and sometimes I feel sad that I’m adopted. Here in America sometimes I feel that I don’t fit into my adoptive family. My parents are very helpful to me because they show love and help me to go through hard things. I feel happy when I’m with my American family but I also feel sad and guilty that I’m not with my birth family. I worry I won’t see them again and I worry that they’ll die. Sometimes I feel sad, angry and guilty that I can’t be with both families. Adoption is confusing to me because it’s very hard to take good care of both families and have them both feel happy.
-A.W., 9 years old, adopted from Ethiopia a few weeks shy of his 5th birthday
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