Recipe for Raising an Adopted Child


1 child, any age

1 heaping heart of love

24 hours of patience, practiced daily

12 or more waking hours of undivided attention each and every day

Pinch of protectiveness

Daily dash of gratitude for birth families

Mix all ingredients together in any size home. Stir constantly with daily reminders of your gift. Child will grow in stature, in confidence, and in knowledge—though barely noticeable. Continue to fold in generous amounts of conversation and listening. Season with daily hugs and kisses. Garnish with open communication.

Although this recipe is always ready, it is never finished.

Yields:  1 strong, loving relationship