Adoption is a lifetime commitment.
There are losses. There are rewards. There are challenges. There is love.
On this edition of The Regina Brett Show, Regina talks to adult adoptees who have committed their lives to being a voice and advocate for those touched by adoption.
Betsie Norris is the executive director of Adoption Network Cleveland. Norris says as an adult adoptee she didn’t know anything about her birth family nor her ancestry.
“People would ask me all the time ‘are you Irish’ and I would say ‘well, I don’t know,’” says Norris. ”Where’d you get your red hair came up all the time.”
After securing her birth certificate in her early twenties, Norris was reunited with both her birth mother and father. Shortly after, she founded Adoption Network Cleveland in 1988. The organization aims to connect and empower individuals, organizations and communities impacted by adoption and foster care.
“It’s important for families to remember that adoption is finding families for children not children for families,” says international child welfare and adoption expert Susan Soonkeum Cox.
“When you focus it with the attention on the child, I think it puts everyone into the right place or tone.”
Cox is the editor of “Voices from Another Place” and founder of the Gathering for Korean Adoptees.
On the show, Cox shares with Regina what it was like to be in the first wave of children adopted from outside of the United States. Cox was adopted from Korea in 1956 at the age of four.
Regina also hears from adoptive mothers Aimee Watson and Kate Biddle.
Watson is the mother of two adoptive daughters; one from Ohio and one from Guatemala.
Biddle is the assistant vice president of clinical services for Beech Brook in Pepper Pike. She adopted an older foster care child who was once one of her clients.
Domestic adoption, international adoption and the adoption of older children who have spent most of their lives in foster care are all discussed on this edition of The Regina Brett Show.
Listen to the full show here:
Guests on this show:
Kate Biddle, Adoptive Mother & Beech Brook Clinical Services Assistant VP
Aimee Watson, Adoptive Mother