Questions about my adoption are often asked. Whether it's
why I don't look like my mother or how it feels to be adopted
or if I wish things were different. Yes, adoption makes me
different from many others but it does not define me.
Fortunately, I grew up with the understanding that I was
adopted and never thought twice about it. As I grow older
though, I have a deeper understanding of what it truly means
to be adopted and the greatness that comes with it. Friends in
Adoption helped me find a forever home and a loving family
that would do anything for me. It gave me a chance at a life
that I would have never experienced if my birth mother had
raised me. I used to wonder why my mother would give me
up to a family she just met but I soon realized that the act of
adoption is the most selfless thing a women can do for her
child. I will never understand the amount of strength it took to
acknowledge that the life another family can provide for your
baby is better than the one you can offer; and I am forever
grateful for this. Although I do wonder about my birth family
sometimes, I’m truly blessed to have the life I’m living today.
When people ask me why I’m different from my family, it
doesn’t bother me. I don’t get sad or embarrassed when
adoption is brought up because that is me. I don’t have to look
like my sister to know I belong. I don’t have to look like my
parents to know I am loved. The experiences made possible
by adoption created who I am today. This is me.
Biography: My name is Kayleigh Putnam. I’m 16 years old and in the 10th grade.
17 years ago my parents made a call to Friends in Adoption and they
will tell you it’s the best call they ever made. My parents attended the
FIA Get Acquainted Weekend in Vermont and learned about the
process of adoption. That’s where I come in. Living in Rhode Island my
entire life can seem quite boring but I love every second of it. The beach
in the summer, snow in the winter; everything about it is great. I like to
play volleyball and spend time with my friends on the weekends. In the
winter I love to ski up in the Berkshires with my cousins and in the
summer I love sitting by the lake. 13 years ago my younger sister, Abby,
was adopted and I can truthfully say that without her I would go insane.
Talking to her will put a smile on anyone's face and immediately change
the mood of the room. I’m so thankful to be part of an amazing family.