Hard Knocks Made a Bit Easier

The idea of adoption can make anyone with a heartbeat feel good.  How could it not?  We’ve all seen Annie rescued by Daddy Warbucks from meanie Miss Hannigan at least 100 times (if you know what’s good for you), and we simply cannot – we will not – imagine the real thing is too far off. 

With that in mind, adoption is a much-needed reminder of selflessness and unconditional love we humans are capable of. 

But what was life like for Annie before she was adopted? Do you know why adoption is even necessary?  The straight-forward, unpretty answer is kiddos are adopted because adults they trusted harmed them or abandoned them or couldn’t keep them safe or were unstable and scary.  To put it lightly, their adults were the Miss Hannigans of the world.  On top of that, they don’t know what comes next or who’s going to look after them or for how long.  

Before adoption, like Annie, children suffer heartbreaking, devastating things.  Sometimes for years and years.  It’s one of the cruelest facts of life.

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So, what do we do to make it easier for them?  How can we help with something that seems so overwhelming?  It’s easy — we show up, however we can, when we can, to the extent that we can.

We become the Daddy Warbucks of the world.  We get involved.  We volunteer our time to help an adoptive family in the neighborhood.  We give away our hard-earned cash to support a program that loves on adoptive kiddos and their caregivers.  We remind adoptive families – and those who support them – that we see them and value them. We mentor.  We even adopt.  That’s right, we show up. 

Because as Annie says, “Yesterday was plain awful, but that’s not now, that’s then."  And you can be a part of making the “plain awful” a thing of the past.


Stand Up Eight would love your support, so please connect with us, but other ways to be involved are:

CASA of Travis County

Foster Village

Helping Hand Home

Families Count

Although these programs are local to the Austin area, every city has places that need your help.

Jen Reichert