Thursday, April 30, 2015

'Gotcha Day,' Meeting Your Adopted Child by Michael Hicks


By Patrick Hicks

On the eve of his son's adoption from South Korea, one writer looks back on what that night now means


Most parents go to a hospital to meet their child for the first time. My wife and I went to the Omaha airport, and it was there, shortly before midnight, that our internationally-adopted son arrived from South Korea. He was 51 weeks old.

It was a joyful and overwhelming moment for us, but for him, it was obviously terrifying. Who were these people? Where was his foster mother? Why was a stranger holding him and where was he being taken? Everything he knew was gone. Missing. Even now, five years later, if I close my eyes, I can still hear his shrieks of terror.

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