I recently had the privilege of joining WACAP staff and several adoptive families in Wisconsin for our annual Family Fun Day. Sure, these events are fun. Here in Wisconsin, we had hayrides, pumpkins and farm animals. More importantly, there were families and children connecting. What I love most about these occasions is that, for children and families whose lives have been redefined by adoption, there is an opportunity to discover how remarkably ordinary they are.
For those of us who have adopted, life can feel lonely at times. Life is unique for us, as we navigate family tree assignments from school, juggle medical and therapeutic appointments, and blend a family of unique cultures and skin colors. We can often forget just how “normal” we really are. We often lose sight of how many other families are just like us.
Where adoptive families gather, children find they are just like everyone else. They share war stories about surgeries and plane rides, or about answering curious questions from strangers. They note that they aren’t the only ones who have “first families” or look different from mom or dad.
I have to tell you, I love spending time at these events. They provide a glimpse of a world that has moved beyond mere tolerance to a place where everyone belongs. It’s miraculous.
So, I’d like to say thank you to all of the WACAP staff and families who welcomed me into their tribe one recent Saturday in September. Adoption changes everything.
About WACAP’s CEO, Greg Eubanks: Greg joined WACAP as CEO in December 2014. Serving children and families has been the focus and passion of his 20-year career in nonprofit executive leadership and business administration. With an extensive background in international adoption and foster care, Greg is committed to bringing hope to the children living without a family … and helping them home.