I proudly announced my partnership with No Hands But Ours (NHBO) earlier in the week to begin a project I consider not only amazing, but so needed, in the world of special needs adoption. We are formally organizing a mentorship program for moms or dads considering adopting a child with a scary, or unknown to them, special need. I think back to my time adopting Dolly, there were several mamas who had been there and done that who, literally, saved Dolly’s life. Had they not told me “you have other options” and offered me resources, Dolly’s outcome might have been VERY different.
It was the same deal with Mighty. While not life threatening, his special need has nuances to it that I relished getting an education on. I had no idea about the Little People of America or the network of support available to Mighty. I once read an internet meme that read ‘A worried mother does more research then the FBI.’ True dat. There is no better person to tell a new mom ‘here is what’s out there’ then a mom who has traveled the road before.
Right now, NHBO is asking for volunteer Mentor Moms (and dads, we’re not excluding you, the alliteration is just too good to pass up). Please know that Mentor Moms are in no way being asked to give their medical opinion. In the world of adoption, no true opinion can be given until a child steps on U.S. soil anyway, and at that time, it can only be done by a medical professional. Until then, the best anyone can do is point out possibilities, resources and research. That is the goal of this program.
If you’d like to volunteer, click on the pic above and follow the link. We’re closing the form this afternoon, so hurry!!!
–FullPlateMom, who is so proud to be a part of the team!