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Lydia's Scholarship Letter

As I have filed for financial aid and looked through the local community college catalog I've realized that I still have many questions, speeding around, in the race track of my mind. I know that going to college is what I need to be doing, but I'm still fine tuning exactly what I want college to do for me.

I'm not sure what I want to major in, how heavy a case load I want to take, or if online classes would better suit my situation. Really, the only thing that I am sure about is that after classes have been completed, and all tests have been passed, that I want to have the necessary knowledge and the necessary sheet of paper to help my brothers and sister of this very confusing and wounded world. Over the past year I've noticed that there seems to be a lack of people willing to listen. However, the very few who have listened, without sewing in unhealthy advice and opinions have made all the difference. Sometimes the only thing a broken and torn heart needs is a set of ears. I want to be those ears for others someday. I want to return the blessings that I have been given. Maybe I'll be a high school counselor. Maybe I'll be a youth minister. I'm not sure. As I take classes and gain knowledge I'll continue to pray for guidance and direction in choosing a specific major and ultimately a specific career. I know that I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I'm certain that the extreme and overwhelming motivation to share the surplus of blessing in my life will carry me far.

How wonderful it would be to have a scholarship aid me in my journey. A scholarship would definitely help numb the sting of financial burden of higher education, but not having one won't kill the motivation that stalks me even when I'm sleeping.

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Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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