By Kim Harrell, Program Director for Pregnancy and Adoption Support

Over the past 20 years, I have journeyed alongside countless women and families who have had their lives touched by adoption. This is my experience.

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Here are the top 5 ways adoption supports life:

1. Adoption provides an alternative to abortion.

For many women experiencing an unintended pregnancy, they need an alternative to abortion, as well as an alternative to parenting their child. Not all women who become pregnant are ready to be a parent.

 

2. Adoption supports the life of the woman experiencing an unintended pregnancy.

While an unintended pregnancy may no longer be the crisis that it used to be, these women need support. Knowing they have solid options reduces stress and gives them hope. When they choose adoption for their child, they experience one of the most selfless acts a human being can demonstrate. This is a flawless example of showing respect, worth and dignity for human life.

3. Adoption enhances the life of an unborn child.

Before a child breathes its first breath, there are people at work ensuring that a plan is being made for his or her life. The conception of a child is never a mistake, and adoption is sometimes the avenue intended for a child.

4. Adoption allows older children to have a chance at a forever family.

Many older children languish in foster care, hoping to become a part of a permanent family. These children have the right to a life filled with security and love. Adoption provides them with the future they have dreamed of.

5. Adoption is an avenue for prospective adoptive couples to grow their families.

When a woman decides to make an adoption plan for her child, an adoptive family steps in to meet that need, and inherently becomes a supporter of the “Right to Life.”

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[Terms of Use | Privacy Policy]Record-Eagle Photos To view or purchase photos, visit photos.record-eagle.com/.StoriesCentral suspends 2 football playersWhite supremacist cry sparks fight in downtown TCParent, school officials differ over schoolyard incidentCity considers changes to Cherry FestivalMan faces home invasion, attempted sexual assault chargesMorePhotosVideosFollow Us On FacebookConnect With UsNewsletterWEST BAY WEBCAMrecord-eagle.comRecord-Eagle.comPhone number: 231-946-2000E-mail: webmaster@record-eagle.comAddress: 120 W. Front St.Traverse City, MI 49684SectionsHomeNewsSportsCommunityOpinionObituariesPhotosVideo GalleryWeatherServicesAbout UsContact UsAdvertise with UsRack LocationsSubscriber ServicesSubmission FormsSite IndexAdvertiser Index© Copyright 2014, Traverse City Record-Eagle, Traverse City, MI. Powered by BLOX Content Management System from TownNews.com. [Terms of Use | Privacy Policy]At the center of the investigation into the cause of the breach is the failure of a construction device known as a dewatering structure. Built into an earthen embankment next to the dam, it was supposed to slowly lower the pond over about three weeks. Instead, the pond rushed into the river in less than six hours. This week, Sandra Sroonian — a senior project engineer on the Brown Bridge Dam removal — showed the Record-Eagle an old construction drawing of the Brown Bridge Dam from the 1920s. Next to a sketch of the dam is a drawing of a chute or channel, and the words "Proposed Diversion Channel."The dam's original builders presumably considered the proposed diversion channel as a way to reroute the river around the dam construction site when it was first built in 1921. However, Sroonian said that it's not known whether the diversion channel was ever built. If it was, it would have sat underneath the earthen embankment where the dewatering structure was built."It says 'proposed,'" Sroonian said of the old construction plans. "We aren't 100 percent certain it was even constructed." After the pond raced past the dewatering structure Oct. 6, old steel sheet piling that project officials were previously unaware of was observed near its entryway, Sroonian said. It's not clear yet if the old sheet piling, situated some 14 feet below the water's surface, could be part of an old diversion channel."We don't know," Sroonian said. "Everything is speculation until we dry it out."Project planners had only the old drawing to go on in designing the dewatering structure. No other records provided to planners by the city of Traverse City contained any information about an old diversion channel. "You do your best due diligence," Sroonian said.Mike Walton is co-owner of Molon Excavating, the construction company that built and installed the dewatering structure. When asked about the old sheet piling, he said, "We know it turns and goes into our dewatering structure.""There is certainly some historical stuff (down there) we were not aware of," said Walton, who declined to speculate on a cause of the breach. Byron Lane, head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's safety unit, called attempts to discern a cause of the breach as "speculation" at this point.One expert not involved in the Boardman project or investigation, Frank Christie, has 50 years of experience in dam construction and design. He questions why project planners ever considered building a dewatering structure into an earthen embankment to begin with, calling it "a very questionable practice" because it would disturb the dirt and allow water to find a pathway out. "The failure of earthen embankments is caused by water seeping through them, so the first thing to do is don't build something that would cause seepage to occur," Christie said. "I would never consider doing anything like that."When told of the old construction drawing showing a proposed diversion channel, Christie said the sheet piling that has emerged could be materials the original dam builders used to close off a diversion channel in 1921. "If that's where the diversion channel was, you definitely would not want to go into that area and start mucking around in the embankment," Christie said. "If that's what the drawing shows, you'd want to be careful to stay away from it completely or find out what was there before you went through extensive work."Christie said a more viable plan to drain a reservoir would be to send the water through the existing dam structure, then lower remaining waters by chipping away at the dam's concrete spillway. He called the breach at the Brown Bridge dam "very remarkable.""Dam removal in the United States is not something new," Christie said, adding, "I can't remember ... a single one that has failed during removal."Lane said the dewatering structure was approved by DEQ officials prior to the project commencing.Walton said dewatering structures have been used "many times in many places successfully" in dam removals.ShareThis Facebook Tweet LinkedIn Email  Text Only

The “Right to Life” extends beyond the unborn.

Adoption impacts the lives birth parents, children and adoptive families throughout their lifespans. At its very core, adoption promotes respect for the worth and dignity of every life it touches.

This article was originally featured here on Encourage & Teach, a blog for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and appeared in the CCDA Winter 2015 newsletter.

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