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Posted Dec 10 2008 4:01pm

“I don’t have my mom’s eyes, but I do have her HEART.”

November is National Adoption Month.  How does this apply to a website called “Cochlear Implant Online”?  Keep reading…


Those of you who know me know that, second only to listening and spoken language for deaf children, adoption is the cause of my heart.  Combine the two, and what do you get?  A passionate advocate for the adoption of children with all special needs, but specifically deafness.


Not all families are called to adoption — perhaps adoption isn’t right for your family, or isn’t right for your family right now.  But though we are not all called to adopt, we can ALL be adoption advocates, especially for children with special needs. 


For parents of children with hearing loss — you KNOW that your child’s “disability” doesn’t impede them from accomplishing great things in life.  You know that they can achive whatever goals they set for themselves.  You know that, with the miracles of modern technology and appropriate intervention in listening and spoken language, speaking, and even HEARING are not out of the question for today’s children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 


For deaf adults — you know that you live a full, happy, successful life.  Your hearing loss doesn’t make you any less of a person or less able to contribute to society. 


What can you do? 

  • Contact a local social work or adoption agency and volunteer to SHARE YOUR STORY!  Help dispell myths and calm the fears of prospective adoptive parents by sharing your stories and reassuring them that, yes, hearing loss may mean you take a different path with your child, but it does NOT mean that a child with hearing loss cannot succeed beyond your wildest dreams. 
  • Provide support to families in the long, grueling process of adoption paperwork. 
  • Help families who have just arrived home by providing a meal, a card, or just an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. 
  • Support people-first language in matters of adoption as well as matters of deafness. 


Who knows?  Maybe you’ll find yourself drawn to adopt one of the many wonderful children who wait — here at home and all around the world — for a family to call thier own.


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