How Adoption Shaped Me:

November is National Adoption Month here in the U.S. I was born in Kolkata, India. I came to the U.S when I was nine months old on June 29, 2000. Massachusetts will always be home to me. I grew up here, and it’s the home I remember. I am blessed to have a wonderful family and good friends. My parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and younger sister have always been there for me. I love them dearly.

My parents were my biggest supporters growing up, and they later helped me develop self-advocacy skills. They were there when I took my first steps and said my first word. They were the ones who were there for me whenever I had an operation or had one of the many appointments I had as a child. My parents were the ones that advocated for me in school, at doctor’s appointments, and during my numerous physical therapy sessions. I will be eternally grateful to them for their love and devotion.

In school, I had wonderful teachers, therapists, and paraprofessionals. I was fortunate to have amazing teachers who taught me so much. It was a pleasure for me to be in their classes.

I also had excellent therapists and paraprofessionals. Throughout my life, I’ve worked with incredible doctors, therapists, and PCAs. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support.

I do wonder if my birth parents remember me as a newborn baby?What would they think of me now as a 23-year-old? I hope that they would be happy for me. I have often thought about what I would tell my birth parents if I met them someday. I would want to thank them. Adoption has allowed me to have a wonderful life.

Massachusetts will always be home to me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my community. I am beyond grateful for my friends and family. I don’t know where I’d be without them. Thank you for being a part of my life. Your support means the world to me.


Edge-Mattos, Courtney. “November Is National Adoption Month: Adoption Faqs.” Justice Resource Institute, Justice Resource Institute, 1 Nov. 2022,

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