Tuesday, October 16, 2012

At Risk Adoption

At Risk Adoption.  Stitched words: A Family Decision. Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin. Hand beaded and stitched. 31" x 41", framed.  Click on image to enlarge.

Permanently welcoming a child into a loving family changes EVERYTHING! The child will no longer face the uncertainty of life in foster care. The family grows, introducing the new child's already formed personality into the family's established mix. Very special people make this important decision. I am lucky enough to live about a block from such people.... so.... let me introduce my neighbors! In back from left to right: Zeb, Gini, Hoke; In front from left to right: Liberty and Daniel.

It isn't important which of the kids will soon be adopted. It doesn't alter the fact that this is a family. In 2009 they all actively participated in the decision to include another person in their tight unit. In fact, the decision involved extended family members too. In the "immediate" family, the eldest daughter, Jessica, is missing from this photo. She's a lovely grown woman (who is my Photoshop instructor and an artist in her own right!) This image depicts those living in the "family home"....a block away. Another family member, Grandma, also posed for the Decision Portrait Series. She's my College Student in this Decision Portrait Series. 

This decision was carefully made by everyone involved. Now, this is simply a family.... a fantastic family!

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