In this audio talk, Julie Smith covers the topic of adoption broadly and major themes that are present in the lives of adopted children and adoptive parents. Not all kids struggle with adoptive issues or may struggle with just one aspect of adoption. Others may struggle greatly with adoptive issues such as a sense of loss, identity, culture, or past, unresolved grief, feeling like a victim, rejection, etc. Smith discusses the idea of understanding what’s broken (broken, sinful people living in a broken, sinful world). She discusses some of the identity issues adoptive children may struggle with and develops the idea of “Who’s Writing the Story?” – our value is not in the details of the story but in the One who is writing the story. Smith also covers the issue “How Do I Talk about My Story?” and considerations on talking to your child and to others about their story.
Key Scripture: Isaiah 49:15-16