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As a mama through adoption, I was disheartened at the "For Better or For Worse" comic topic in Sunday’s Times. The child was upset by the mama and said to his daddy," Is she my real mother?"
You see, birth parents and adoptive parents are both the real parents. The job description of the birth parents ended at birth and the job description of the adoptive parents began at birth.
I feel certain this negative message was unintended, but I sent an e-mail to the author of the comic, Lynn Johnston, in the hopes that by educating her, she would be more sensitive in the future. And I am hoping that those of you who are reading this letter will be educated as well.
By the way, November is always National Adoption Awareness Month. Adoption is a loving alternative to abortion and a most courageous choice. I challenge all of us to take time during this busy season to do the following:
If you know a birth parent, thank him or her.
If you know an infertile couple, hug him or her.
Send a financial gift to an adoption agency or a pregnancy center.
Ann B. Gainey
Executive Director, Gainesville Care Center