We want to take some time to address some issues in our country with you and let you know our stance on the racial injustices in our country. As we started our adoption journey, we knew going into it that any child we were matched with, we would love and cherish and treat him or her with the same fairness we treat our other children. We knew the race of the child would not matter to us and we are open to a child from any race. However, in light of the recent killings of black people in the United States, our eyes have been way more opened to the racial injustices in our country. We realize now that we were color blind and although that felt like the right thing before, we know now it is not the right thing. We are also more aware of our white privilege and how it has shaped our lives and the position we are in. We started having some deep conversations about how a birth mother and child of color would feel coming into our family and our home...would you feel welcome and included? Would your child feel welcome, included, and equal? We are not okay with that answer being no. So we decided to make some changes and be intentional about being a part of the solution to fixing the problem of racial injustice in our country and not a part of the problem, or blind to the problem anymore. The first step we have taken is to diversify the books our children read. We realized so many characters in books are white. So we ordered several books with children of color/different cultures. We limit the amount of time our children get to watch TV but when they do get to watch television, we are picking movies and shows that feature characters of different races and cultures. And we play music in our house now from different cultures. It is a small step, but these are ways for us to expose our children to more culture in a time when we are limited on how much we can interact with others due to the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, we know that we need to educate ourselves more too. And we want our children to see us diving into new cultures and educating ourselves because we know they observe us and learn from what we are doing. So we have ordered several books about diversity and people of color so we can better understand how to not be color blind and be better human beings to all human beings. We have thought a lot about the community we live in as well and have even started to look into other school options nearby that are more diverse for our children now and our future children to attend school with kids from all different backgrounds but to also have teachers of different races and cultures to learn from as well. Again, these are just the first steps we are taking and we are committed and dedicated to diversifying our home, our family, and our life so that you and your child will never doubt our commitment to you and our commitment to racial justice and equality.