Family Day, Forever Family Day, Adoption Day. There are probably other names for the day that commemorates the day your child joined your family.
You may or may not celebrate such a day. And if you do, what does this day mean to your child? Does it mark the day they became separated from their biological identity?
I ask because adoption always has more than one aspect to it. Within this great joy of claiming, there has been profound loss. And by joining together, something priceless has been given up. An identity has been altered forever.
- While their intentions are noble, do adoptive parents actually create more issues for their children as they grow older?
- Do adoptive parents focus too much on how their children came to them? On how they became a family?
- By celebrating such a day, are are adoptive parents making adoption an issue for their child?
Parents: Do you celebrate Gotcha Day or some equivalent? And if you do, how does your child feel about this day? Has his or her feelings changed as they have gotten older?