5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Tell an Adoptee to be Thankful

No one wants to be told what they should or shouldn't be thankful for.

Tom Andriola November 25, 2015

It’s Thanksgiving time again. It’s a time to give thanks and be grateful for what we have. For some, it’s a reminder of what we don’t have or what we have lost. It’s a personal choice. I have a lot to be thankful and grateful for. I know that. But as an adoptee who grew up in a chaotic household, one in which I was abused by an older adoptive brother, I don’t want to be told what I should or shouldn’t be thankful for, and I know many adoptees who feel the same way. Here are five reasons you shouldn’t tell an adoptee to be thankful.

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Tom Andriola

Tom Andriola advocates for adoptee rights and shares his personal experiences about being adopted and his successful, independent search for both biological parents. To see more of his writing, visit Tom's Facebook page.

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