The two guest posts below are by Shelly Schrett and Jordan. Shelly and her husband, Mike, adopted Jordan at age 15. Jordan’s adoption is one of 3,353 finalized in the past year, including 421 teens. The Schrett’s are a part of Eckerd Community Alternatives.
This picture of Mike, Jordan and me was taken while vacationing in Michigan this summer. My son is growing into a awesome young man. He is in the Athletic Leadership Program at the YMCA where he mentors and coaches preschool basketball. He is also in the ROTC program at Alanso High School and has a A in that class. Jordan has plans for college and then would like to join the military. Jordan’s goofy happy nature makes me smile daily. When he kisses me on the cheek to tell me good morning and that he loves me, I remember that Jordan is a gift from God and my angel!
In this picture with my Mom and Dad I am smiling, but it wasn’t always that way. When I first became a part of their family, I wasn’t very open to accepting them as my parents. I was standoffish and reserved, not wanting to fully open myself up to the love they had to offer. I was scared more than anything – not wanting to be rejected and still having so many questions.
My parents made me go to family therapy and eventually I had the courage to say to them – how come everyone knows about my past except me!?! You can all talk about my life and give reasons for how I am feeling/acting but no one is clueing me into any of this. Now that I know who I am and where I came from, it is easier for me to accept where I am.
My parents stuck with me through this and gave me the time I needed to process through my past and become content with where I am. Now, I can’t imagine my life any other way. Because of my parents, I am going on great vacations like the one in the photo of us in Michigan this summer. I have also become involved in lots of activities and am excited about all I want to accomplish in the future. I even got to be an usher at my new cousin’s wedding this summer! Belonging to a family is something all kids need, no matter how old.
This is tough for me to admit but every morning I wake up; I give my mom a kiss on the cheek and tell her I love her. My family has changed my life and I am so thankful my parents helped me get to where I am today.
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