Choices change lives. My birth family chose to leave me as an infant on the steps of a hospital in Zhang Jiang, China.
My parents chose to form their family through adoption and name me Lia.
At 8 months old, I joined my forever family and two older siblings in Maryland. In middle school, I experienced a lot of anxiety and had fears that I needed help dealing with. I couldn’t sleep or concentrate in school. I worried about who I was and where I came from. I felt different. My parents chose to find the best help they could – they chose C.A.S.E. I didn’t know many other kids who were adopted.
My C.A.S.E. therapist played a huge part in helping me learn more about adoption and in finding new ways to conquer my fears. She helped me understand the loss and grief that’s part of my adoption story. I chose to go to college out of state and found a university that’s been very supportive. Now, I’m a senior, studying hospitality management and marketing. Last year I was able to study abroad in London and loved it!
Recently I faced another important choice. My family has this wonderful tradition. When someone turns 21, we get to choose a charity to receive a substantial donation. So, when I turned 21, without hesitation – I chose C.A.S.E. They brought me to where I am today. I personally donated too, because they did so much for me. There’s no way I could ever repay them for helping me change my life and I wanted to give something back. I was so fortunate to get this wonderful support, but I know other kids who are not so fortunate.
But thanks to gifts from caring individuals like you, more adoptive and foster families will be able to get help, regardless of their ability to pay for programs and services.
You can change the lives of other adopted and foster children for the better.