How Adoption Changed Me for the Better
My name is Michael Helwig, and believe it or not, I am adopted! I was adopted on September 8, 2014, and this is my story.
I am currently 14 years old and I live with my mom, my dad, and my two sisters. We also have a dog and two cats - they are adorable. My favorite thing about my family is that they have a motto: "Helwigs DON'T QUIT."
Before my adoption, I was a foster kid. I was separated from my sisters at the age of six or seven. When they went to live somewhere else, I felt alone, like I was abandoned. I carried that emptiness inside me for two years. At the same time, I bounced from home to home. I was abused and I was mistreated. For me, it was just one bad thing after the other.
Then I finally met them, my TRUE mom and dad. They made me feel like I was loved again. They wanted me the way I wanted them. Slowly I started to open up more. I did have my little moments like when I was upset, but no matter what I did, or no matter how bad I was, my mom and dad would always support me and stand up for me. I think the best part about a forever how is that YOU CHOSE TO BE A PART OF THEIR LIFE. ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE IF YOU WANT ADOPTION.
I am Michael Helwig and adoption was my choice! Knowing that this was my decision to make, I know I'm always going to be loved for me, the good and the bad. I'm Michael Helwig, and this is how adoption changed me.