Sarah Kunz: Adopted children need good families

November 14, 2013 

Regarding the Nov. 3 Point of View piece “What’s wrong with Children in Families First Act”: I was born in China in 2001 and adopted 18 months later. I live with my mom, dad, four brothers and three other adopted sisters.

Being adopted is not something to be ashamed of. It shows that people care for children who don’t have a family of their own. I never feel like the reason I was put in an orphanage was because I was unwanted. I know that it must have been hard to give me away.

When I heard about the orphan who went to church to make a public plea to be adopted, I was happy that so many people made a move to ask about him. Although no one has moved to adopt him, I found it great that people cared enough to consider it. It reminded me that there are a lot more children in the world without a family, that he isn’t the only one out there and that I am so lucky to have a family of my own.

The fact that children are out there with no family to call their own is a tragedy. The fact that the U.S. government isn’t doing anything to change this is horrible. It is great that the Children in Families First Act is trying to do something about it. I support CHIFF.

Sarah Kunz

Seventh-grader, Carolina Friends School

Durham

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