Sometimes people who have not been touched by adoption make comments to adoptive parents about how wonderful those parents are to “rescue” their adopted children. But adoptive parents will tell you that they aren’t stepping in to “save” these children, and in fact, these parents usually feel like it is the children who are blessing their lives, rather than the other way around.

As pointed out by these panelists, many adopted children come from birth parents who would have been good parents to these children, but because they wanted more than good – they wanted the best – and knew they weren’t in a position to provide the very best, they chose to place their children for adoption. Adoptive parents would have the world know that they are simply parents, not heroes.