Children are people. Whole people. People with rights. People with likes and dislikes. People with wants and needs. People with opinions and perspectives unique to themselves.
When we bring a child into
our home, we are bringing a younger, less experienced person home, but a
person nonetheless. A person who deserves respect. A person who
deserves for their needs to be met, and their wants to be considered. A person who deserves for their opinions and perspectives to be heard and respected.
A person who deserves love, patience, compassion and empathy while they
learn to navigate their lives. A person who deserves to live in a
mutually respectful partnership with us until they are ready to set out
on their own.