What are some things you’ve learned through adoption?
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned through the adoption process would be the strength of character that somehow is within me. I think it takes a lot for someone to choose adoption and it’s a really selfless thing to do and it takes a lot of strength of character to be able to do it and I had never considered that before when I was going through it. I just felt like this is my situation and I need to sort it out but after the fact, I think that’s probably the biggest thing I learned through the whole thing was that I was capable of making a really good choice for someone else and for myself at a young age and that, if there’s anything that I am proud of, I would say that’s it.
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I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is that I’m strong. That I can do hard things. You might have seen that —–. I’ve learned that I can be proud of who I am and my choice and I can be proud of her and proud I’d took life for her and I’ve learned- I feel like I can, you know, 11 years later, I’m a mom of 4 young kids and I feel like I can be crazy and scattered and I feel like I’m drowning sometimes and I honestly look at my adoption plan in that point in my life, my lowest of lows of my life but I made it through that and I look at where it come to now and so I feel like, if I can do that, I can do anything. So having 4 kids running around and laundry that never ends is no big deal compare to that, I can do anything.
MAKENA LEIGH PORTER
I learned that adoption is beautiful. A lot of people would not really say nice things about adoption. There’s always, birthparents are these kind of people and adoptive parents are, you know, they are not always who they say they are and there’s a lot of stereotypes to get through and I’m not the kind of person who just believe in stereotypes and through the adoption process I actually needed to know real people to get through that and I did. Amazing people and I’m still meeting amazing people. Some of the coolest stories I’ve ever heard in my life and I learned that through the whole thing I want to do was right for me and I learned that it’s selfless, I guess is the word, for me on my part, it was- going through it I didn’t think it was that big of a thing. I mean, I’m 16 still kind of a teenager and once looking back now it was a hard thing that I went through but I got through it and I wasn’t worried and I learned that if you have enough faith you can do anything and nothing is impossible.
It’s a long list. I think the biggest is that I cannot control everything. I’m very much a type A person. I like to be in control. I like everything to go the way I want it to go. I’m a planner and sometimes that just doesn’t work. Sometimes, your plans don’t come together. What you had in mind isn’t the best option. It’s something I’ve been relearning through college and grad school and the adoption and something I’m having to relearn frequently. I’ve also learned to trust more. When I was pregnant my boyfriend at the time had recently asked me to marry him and left when I told him I was pregnant and I definitely had some trust issues after that.
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Things I’ve learned through adoption are it’s a life long journey. I think there’s a lot of beautiful things that happened through adoption. A lot of really hard things that happened. A lot of messy things that happened. I think there’s a lot of pain in adoption and I think that can be on both sides. I think there’s a lot of fear of how do you manage these relationships. How do you manage your role as the parent of this child and if the birthmom wants to fit into that, how does that work? There’s no great book on how this is all supposed to work out. Everybody’s story is different.
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The biggest thing was I just learned about adoption as a whole. Education about adoption has become super, super important to me. I think anyone who’s involved in adoption should educate themselves about the other point of view. I try really hard to be understanding of waiting parents and adoptive parents even though sometimes how they feel and what they’re going through doesn’t exactly gone up to what I feel. Same thing with adoptees. There are a lot of different opinions involved in adoption and I think the biggest thing, like I said, even if they don’t wind up to what you believe is that everyone’s opinion matter and I really think that’s helped me be a little bit more understanding in real life. Honestly the biggest thing that I’ve taken away from it is just trying to be more open and understanding to everyone, not even just in adoption, just in every day.
I’ve learned to be strong. A lot of people ask you questions and a lot of times they don’t like your answers, but you have to stand by what you believe. I’ve really learned to be strong. I’ve learned to be empathetic and very open. Openness with kids is so important because one of the reasons I got pregnant because my mom wasn’t open with me so instead of telling her the feelings that I was having about any kind of relationship, I hid behind her back. So being open, being a strong person, just knowing how to talk to people and being okay with having different opinions than other people around you.