Celebrity adoptions are plastered on tabloid covers and shown on TV screens. From Angelina Jolie to Madonna, people are bombarded with the latest star trend of adopting needy children.
The trend should not just be for celebrities. People who are unable to have children, want more children, or just want to help children in need should consider adoption.
Both children and parent benefit from the adoption. The children gain love and a home, something they may otherwise never experience. The new parents gain a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that their ideas and ideals will live for another generation.
Adoption is important to me because my younger brother and sister are adopted. They were rescued from a foreboding future similar to the 2000 census approximation of 120,000 children in the United States.
Oct. 22, 2003 made an impact on my family that will never be forgotten. Robert and Brittany Dandron, now 11 and 10, were born drug and alcohol addicted. During the biological mother's pregnancy she drank, smoked illegal substances, popped pills and used various other drugs. Thirty minutes before Robert was born his mother used the common drug ecstasy, causing him to be born dead. Brittany was born with many problems.
When Brittany was 18 months old, she was diagnosed with Familia Adnenosis Polyposis. In layman's terms: colon cancer, due to the drugs and alcohol. For years it was touch-and-go with her life. It can only be feared what might have happened to Brittany if we hadn't adopted her.
Robert, though older, will shortly be going to the doctors to determine whether he needs surgery because, he too has been diagnosed with the cancer. Both children suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Without my little brother and sister, I would not be the person I am today. My family's adoption of those two needy children has changed my life drastically. I never knew that two children could bring me such joy and life. It has been a long, hard, winding road since we've had custody of them. I promise, however, that every bump and rut is worth it. Robert and Brittany complete the five sibling circle with the Dandron kids.
Rescuing one of the approximate 120,000 children needing assistance each year will bring happiness to any family like it did mine. With the action of adoption, any well-rounded person or family can make a difference in a young person's life. Life isn't fair, but any person can help ease the injustices in the world of a needy child.
Not all people are able to adopt children, but that does not mean that they cannot help. They can assist in other ways, such as donating their time and/or money to adoption agencies in their local community.
People can visit with the needy children in order to get to know the children. Children especially love when they receive visits; it gives them hope and happiness.
Also, people can make financial donations. Agencies can always use donations, especially in today's economic situation. Contact a local adoption agency on how to adopt. Please, for the sake of the children and the joy it will bring you, take time to help a child.
Teen Board Member Jennifer Dandron is a junior at Lincoln County High School.