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All children should grow up knowing what it's like to be loved. No matter what.
At the same time, "home" should be a safe place, a comfortable place, a place where a child's basic needs are met. Unfortunately, in our world today, not all homes are like that. And not all children grow up knowing what unconditional love is.
However, there are families like the one featured on today's front page who have extra love to go around.
The Sheridans feel like they were chosen for this ... they always seem to somehow have just one more space in their home - and hearts - for a child who needs another chance.
Some children end up having to grow up way too soon, taking care of themselves, younger siblings or even their own parents. But it's important for kids to be kids.
Any loving family can be an adoptive family. Interestingly enough, there have been many famous people adopted as children.
A quick Internet search turns up many familiar names on various adoption Web sites: Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Art Linkletter, writer Charles Dickens, Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, poet Edgar Allen Poe, former First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan, musicians Faith Hill, Nat King Cole, Sarah McLachlan and John Lennon, Olympic diver Greg Louganis, actresses Halle Berry, Ingrid Bergman, Melissa Gilbert and Priscilla Presley, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, writers Louisa May Alcott and Mark Twain, former Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton, figure skater Scott Hamilton and Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs.
Amazing, isn't it?
Thank goodness that someone cared about all those children. Just look what they did with their lives. Adoption is a very real alternative to a sometimes difficult situation - giving a child a loving home when that might not be the case otherwise.
Honestly, there's a big difference between "wants" and "needs." Children really don't need as many "things" as we often think they do ... food, clothes, an education, attention and love. Lots and lots of love.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Consider the possibilities.
Have you extra room in your home - and heart - for a child who needs it?