November is both National Adoption Month and National Adoption Awareness Month. National Adoption Month was established in 1995 by President Clinton to bring attention to the many children in foster homes waiting to be adopted. National Adoption Awareness Month strives to raise awareness about adoption both among the adoption community itself and the wider public in general. As an adoptee, I know there are many misconceptions about adoption that still linger in the popular imagination.
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I don’t know if you were expecting to hear from me or not after you posted your piece — but here I am. It does feel a bit strange to be getting in touch after all this time and under these particular circumstances. I often thought of dropping you a line in the years after I left Ottawa. I wanted to so many times. But honestly, I assumed you wouldn’t be thrilled to hear from me and it was best to let sleeping dogs lie.