Nina, CMomA Adoption Grant recipient, and now proud mama of Antonia, took a moment to share her thoughts about what it meant to find her “tribe”. This post was originally published in Nina’s personal blog (link below), where she chronicles her personal adoption story.
Throughout this process, I often felt like I was the only adoptive mom “like me”—single, older, childless, without fertility issues, without many resources, nonreligious. I am sure that much of the time I was just being self-conscious. It’s a huge undertaking, one that often left me feeling vulnerable, alone, and questioning my worthiness. Add to this the cost and lack of financial resources. Yikes. As someone who does not identify as Christian, the number of grant opportunities are halved for me. Timing and the thoughtfulness of a stranger on the end of a phone line put me in touch with CMomA. They took me in as a member of their tribe. They gave me a grant and recently put together this collection of emails I sent to CMomA’s founder, Marcy Cole. Their post captures the essence of the past year (something that is quickly fading from my memory).