Adoption is a sensitive yet beautiful decision for any family. It holds some strong social implications but there are parents who’ve been mindful of adoption and had no qualms about doing everything they could for their adopted children.Here are some heart-touching adoption related stories we have listed out for you:
1. Saroo Brierley – Australia/India
Just as the world is raving about the real-life story inspired film, ‘Lion,’ this list is incomplete without the mention of Saroo Brierley. Born as Sheru Munshi Khan to a poor family in Madhya Pradesh in 1981, his mother worked as a construction worker in Khandwa village. The five-year-old was in search of his brother, who promised to be back. It was that night when Saroo boarded the train to Kolkata and dealt with some life-threatening situations, in the days to come. He was wandering around streets in Calcutta, on the railway station, under flyovers, at the signals. A young man noticed him and took him to the police custody. Saroo was unaware of his mother’s name or his hometown for any questioning. He was then taken to a government center for abandoned children. Once there, there were efforts made to get Saroo a comfortably adopted home. After quite some time, the Brierley family from Tasmania in Australia decided to adopt Saroo. Saroo had a great upbringing with the family and went on to study business and hospitality at the Australian International Hotel School in Canberra. As time passed by, Saroo had the urge to trace where his biological family was. He began a calculated search using Google Earth with satellite images of the railway station, where he last saw his brother. He soon realized he came to Kolkata which was 1500 kilometers away from Ganesh Talai. After a span of four years, he could locate his street and house using the technology. He set off for the village from Australia after 25 long years. He met his mother and sister and was told that his older brother, Guddu died that night he had last seen him. Saroo, a successful business man lives in Hobart today. He bought his mom and sister a home, away from the poverty. In 2013, Penguin Australia published his story “A Long Way Home.”
2. Angela and Jayden Owens – Pennsylvania
Adam and Karen Owens lost their four-year-old son to a genetic disorder – mitochondrial in 2009. The pain of losing a child so young was unmatched. For all the time they had put into taking care of a child with disabilities, their next step was to adopt children with disabilities. Their daughter Madison, a healthy child herself welcomed her first adopted sibling Angela, a year after her brother’s death. Angela was only one at the time of adoption and suffers from cerebral palsy. She was adopted from a foster home, in Pennsylvania. The couple then adopted Jayden, a child who had suffered from the shaken baby syndrome. The couple understood that disabled children require much more than the scheduled treatments in foster homes and believed that the nurturing and persistence in them could help Angela and Jayden.
3. 30 children and more – L.A
Jaci Hasemeyer, a physical education teacher came across a child in the fifth-grade who was looking to return his coupon for the skating rink. Her student then told her, that since he lived in a foster home, he’d have no one to take him to the rink. She was giving out these coupons to her students for showing great sportsmanship. This incident was such an eye-opener for her. The next thing she knew, her husband and three kids encouraged the idea of a foster home and adoptive family. The Hasemeyers went through a local agency to pull this off and two years later in 1998, three children arrived. They’ve managed to host over 30 children since and adopted nine kids personally. Soon enough, the family established a center for adoption and fostering. And they run an awareness campaign called Your Talk Walk, meant to spread awareness about foster children and their needs. In 2009, this event saw a turnout of 1000 people who raised $30,000 throughout Los Angeles counties.