Thursday, December 22, 2016

Michael Steele Talks about His Adoption Story

Who doesn't need an inspiring adoption story during this time of year? We just listened to The Ax Files Podcast of Michael Steele talking about his adoption.

Michael Steele is an American politician who served as the first African-American chairperson of the Republican National Committee. If you read Steele's Biography, you will see many of his accomplishments.  Although he has a tremendous resume, it wasn't smooth sailing for him to get there.

Michael Steele's biological mother got pregnant with him back in the 50's while she was attending a Catholic University. She was on her way to "deal" with her pregnancy when she came across a nun that ended up changing her mind and instead, helped her to make an adoption plan.

On  another side of the adoption triad, we have Mr. Steele's adoptive mother.  She and her husband wanted to have childen, but they were told they were infertile.  Mrs. Steele said this is when she knew that there was something bigger and greater than herself. When she first saw Michael in his crib, he reached out for her and she knew that he belonged to her. She felt that by providing a home for a child who needed stability, her purpose in life was being fulfilled.

Just because Steele was adopted and grew up to have a successful career doesn't mean that he didn't face challenges.  His adoptive father reportedly had an alcohol problem and multiple girlfriends. However, Mr. Steele always tried to do his best for Michael. Due to his alcoholism, Mr. Steele's father passed away at the age of 36.

After his father died, it was just Mr. Steele and his mother for a few years before she re-married. This was a difficult time while Mrs. Steele raised him without government assistance. This was also the point when Mr. Steele first found out he was adopted. He said initially, he was heart-broken.  However, he quickly realized that his adoptive mother was truly his mother and that comforted him.  At the same time, he is grateful for the choice that his birth mother made to place him for adoption.

Adoption is a wonderful way that many people have built their families, children have found permanent homes, and expectant parents have been able to make choices that provide good lives to their children. It is our privilege to assist expectant parents, adoptive parents and children in their adoption journeys. We are thankful for that privilege and the opportunity to serve all parties in the adoption community.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Drafted by Brittany Alness, staff member of the Law Offices of Karen S. Law, PLC.
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Monday, December 12, 2016

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