November is recognized across the country as National Adoption Awareness Month. So to kick off this special month, we wanted to share a new children’s book with you, “I Am Adopted, but What Does That Mean?”
This newly-released book shares God’s word about what it means to be adopted. The book is geared for a younger audience and helps kids recognize how very much our Heavenly Father loves us.
Being adopted can be confusing for a child of any age, and finding hope and understanding can be difficult when you don’t know where to look. I Am Adopted, but What Does That Mean? is filled with God’s affirmations to help Christian families find peace in their journey.
The author, Nicole Gossett, shares her adoption story at the beginning of the book, including the open adoption she maintains with her children’s birth families. She also writes in a kind and caring way to children who may have a closed adoption relationship. She explains why it may be challenging and why an open adoption relationship isn’t always possible.
The book’s illustrations include children of all colors and ages so it would be appropriate for adoptees from international, domestic, or even foster adoption. Since there is not a specific adoption story in the book, it relates well to all children. You can get a sneak peek inside the book by clicking here!
“This a beautiful, faith-centered book for children that helps adoptive parents explain the truth about how very much they are loved, treasured, and cherished,” says Lifetime’s Chief Operating Officer Heather Featherston of the book. “It incorporates scripture and correlates God’s love for us all. It can be read to a child of any age and would be a great way to start conversations about adoption.”
She continues, “I found the book to be relatable, warm, and easy-to-read. This is an excellent book for adoptive families to include in their adoption library. I look forward to encouraging the families I work with to do just that!”
The book’s author, Nicole Gossett, says: “My heart’s desire is to bring awareness to adoption and the beauty that it can bring. I am the mother of two beautiful adopted children and I wrote this because I never want them to feel like they are ‘less than’ or ‘unwanted’ because they were adopted. I have an extremely open adoption with both of their birth parents because I feel as though that is extremely important for them. Adoption is not a taboo subject in our home; in fact, it is celebrated.”
It was Gossett’s journey to adoption that inspired her to write this devotion. “Every adoption has a very unique story and being adopted in no way means that you are unloved or unwanted. In fact, it is the exact opposite. You are loved so much that someone was willing to sacrifice their own happiness for yours,” she says.
“As you read through this devotional, I pray that you see the blessing in being adopted. I am sure it is not always easy…God is the only one that will be able to bring you true peace along your journey when you face difficult seasons…To my parents, both birth and adoptive: be open and be honest! Do not be bound by fear of letting your kids know the truth. These souls deserve to know their story, but you can do that with love and kindness.”
God is sure using this author to do His work! You can purchase the book on Amazon, and other book retailers are slated to begin selling it soon as well.
Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).
Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.
“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!
Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.
I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.
It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”