Second Chances: How My Adoption Changed My Life and Inspired Others to Make a Difference

Today I was brought to tears as I received an email from somebody that had heard me on a podcast and heard my story about being adopted at 16 years old and how it changed my life.

I am a firm believer that life is all about perspective. For me, being adopted at 16 was the best thing that ever happened to me. It gave me a family and a place to call home. It changed my life in so many ways and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have a second chance.

The email I received today was from a family that had heard my story and were inspired to make a difference in the life of another. They had decided to adopt a 16 year old out of the foster care system and make sure that he was never faced with the same struggles that I had been. They wanted to ensure that she never had to experience the dreaded “black trash bag day”, where on her 18th birthday all of her belongings would thrown in a black trash bag and then she would be out on the streets as she is now too old to be in a foster home.

This family’s selflessness and dedication to making a difference in the life of someone else brought me to tears. I am so inspired by the fact that there are people out there who are willing to step up and make a difference in the life of another. It’s a beautiful thing to witness and I am so thankful for their kind gesture.

My story is one of hope and inspiration, and I am so thankful that I have been able to share it with others. It is my hope that my story will continue to inspire others to make a difference in the lives of those in need. We all have the power to make a difference and I am so thankful for those who have taken the time to do so.


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Catherine is also the founder of the non-profit Bell Community Empowerment Foundation. It has been her lifelong mission to educate, empower, and inspire families to adopt all of the adoptable children in the foster care system. She is the mother of two teenagers who were adopted from the foster care system and views this as the most rewarding aspect of her life.

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