This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for the adoption community; children, adoptive parents, birth parents, and all those who work to find every child a permanent, loving home. In sharing our gratitude with you, we’ve asked our community to share what you’re grateful for with us.
From Our Staff
“I have been blessed by having a family since the day I was born. I have been loved and cared for every day of my life by my family. First by my parents and grandparents and now by a loving wife and three children that bless me and give me purpose. I work to ensure that all children have what has been so important to shaping my life.”
- Chuck Johnson, President and CEO, National Council For Adoption
“I’m grateful that my family uses Thanksgiving to pause together and focus on how blessed we are in life.”
-Megan Lestino, Director of Public Policy & Education, National Council For Adoption
“I am thankful that even though my family is spread out all over the country, we always manage to get everyone together for holiday celebrations.”
-Erin Bayles, Program Associate, Public Policy and Education, National Council For Adoption
"I am so thankful for the laughter and love that surrounds my family’s Thanksgiving table. And for the welcoming of friends old and new who join us."
-Rachel Shaw, Public Policy and Education Fellow
From Our Members
“My favorite holiday! Family and food, together, the most cherished time of the year. As a family formed through the gift of adoption, we have immense gratitude for this privilege of being a family, for the birth families, and for those that supported and encouraged us. Thankful too for all the left turns in life, that without, would not have resulted in the beautiful family I have today. God is great and it is to Him we give thanks.”
–Robin Sizemore, Executive Director, Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc.
From You on Social Media
"My little sister was adopted through foster care. Watching her dance in her first ever recital last year is one of my favorite family memories! She did great! I'm so proud of her!"
"As a birth mom I am thankful that I chose life and that I know my birth daughter is happy and loved. I am thankful that every Thanksgiving the children that I parent include their birth sister in our family prayers."
"Thankful I was ADOPTED and chance to live a full, rich, amazing life thanks to my adopted parents!"