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Adoptive Families, Strong Families

This post comes from Kaley Fry in celebration of National Adoption Month. Kaley is a volunteer leader with COLAGE, an organization that unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

When I was six months old I was adopted from Lima, Peru and brought to America by my two moms, Cathy and Joanne. Three years later they adopted my little brother, Joseph, from Guatemala City and brought him home to complete our family. That was twenty two years ago and I thank them every year on Mother's Day and during National Adoption Month for being courageous pioneers of their time and fighting to create our family and adopt me and my brother.

We've had our ups and downs throughout the years but despite everything today we are stronger than ever as a family. My family has taught me that families come in all shapes and sizes and our family is just as strong, if not stronger than families created by blood. My mothers have support me all of my life and without them I would not be the person I am today. I owe all of my accomplishments and achievements to them. Without them I wouldn't be the person I am today and might not even be in America.

Adoption and its aid in the formation of families has helped my family become what it is today. I am my mothers' daughter and I am so thankful and fortunate to have such an amazing family. I love my moms. Happy National Adoption Month y'all!

Stay tuned to the HRC blog for more throughout National Adoption Month and visit www.hrc.org/issues/adoption for more resources.

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