This week is National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) and I must send a huuuuuuge thank you to Karen James at Women in Focus for inviting me to fundraising breakfast for NAAW yesterday… Not just any breakfast, of course, but I had the chance to share a table and breakfast with Deborrah-Lee Furness. Deborrah-lee is the founder and Patron of National Adoption Awareness Week (oh, and of course she’s also the wife of Hugh Jackman!) and shared her views why adoption needs an overhaul.
Along with the 1400 other women at the Business Chicks Breakfast, Deborrah-lee engaged us in a journey of learning and loving – and her dream for the notion of adoption to be abolished altogether. Deb see’s herself not as an adoption advocate, but an advocate for kids and she says she won’t rest on this issue till all of the 148 million kids who are orphaned or abandoned around the world have a loving home and family to support them.
Australia is the second lowest adopting country in the world – which hardly makes sense when you consider how lucky we all are.
You can support NAAW 6-13 November by visiting the website and getting involved.