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Adoption t-shirts

Hey everyone! Will you take a moment to view these awesome adoption t-shirts we have designed?

There are 10 different designs in both mens’ and womens’ styles. They say:

Babe Ruth.
Steve Jobs.

... all adopted

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Hate to rain on your parade but Babe Ruth was not ever adopted.  He was sent to St. Mary’s Industrial Reform School for Boys when he was 7 but he lived there until he was an adult.  He WAS an AP both domestic stranger adoption with his first wife (which didn’t fix his marriage) and then apparently adopted his step-daughter from his second marriage.

Of the four listed that is accurate - Steve Jobs…

Posted by Toa on Jun 15, 2014 at 8:07pm

Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

We have edited it appropriately. Check out the new list!

Posted by flakymn on Jun 15, 2014 at 10:22pm

I hope you take this in the spirit intended because I’m not trying to be mean. 

Neither Mandela or Aristotle were ‘adopted’ in anything remotely similar to what adoption is today.  Mandela’s at best was a “simple adoption”, as his name was not changed, his ancestry remained intact, including who was listed as his father and his mother was still alive if I recall.  The same with Aristotle and historically it was more likely a guardianship by his uncle than anything else.  Both lost their fathers in childhood because they died, and someone stepped in as the father figure/protector which was the cultural norm of the time (kind of like picking guardians if anything happens to you).

As to using cartoon / movie characters as adopted?  Please reconsider, would you hold up Betty and Fred Rubble from the Flintstones as look who else were adoptive parents?

And Moses, stop and think about how that plays out, Moses was born into a race of people who were enslaved by the Egyptians…

I’m not a fan of this type of list because it holds onto the stereotype that adoptees are less than, damaged somehow from the 1950’s.  If adoption is a valid form of family then it should be able to stand on it’s own merits, and not need famous people who by some quirk of fate weren’t able to be raised to adulthood in their family of birth.  Nothing in their personal history shows they wouldn’t have achieved what they achieved, if they hadn’t been adopted.

Posted by Toa on Jun 15, 2014 at 11:10pm

I completely disagree. But thank you.

Posted by flakymn on Jun 16, 2014 at 12:18am

Sorry, but I have to agree with Toa on this one. Superman and Kung Fu Panda are fictional characters. Neither Aristotle nor Nelson Mandela were adopted in what we would call traditional adoptions. Technically, you’re right about Moses, but he was adopted because his mother had to put him in a basket on the river and hope that he’d be OK because otherwise, he certainly would have been killed - by the same people who “adopted” him no less. Not exactly the feel-good adoption story of the year.

Faith Hill, Dave Thomas, Kristin Chenoweth, Colin Kapernick, Sarah McClachlan, Melissa Gilbert, Ray Liotta, they were all adopted. Tom Cruise adopted two of his kids, Mariska Hargitay adopted two of hers, Sandra Bullock adopted, some of the Jolie-Pitt family were adopted… Just giving you some options.

Posted by rredhead on Jun 16, 2014 at 8:37am

Thanks for your opinions everyone. The idea is that these are great people who were adopted no matter how the story went. I appreciate your opinions. God bless.

Posted by flakymn on Jun 16, 2014 at 4:12pm

Also, Steve Jobs is the only one adopted via modern western adoption where one is raised “as if born to” the adoptive parents.  That “as if born to” concept is not one that is referred to in any way in the bible - all the so-called “adopted persons” in the bible keep their heritage.

Moses may have been raised as an Egyptian but he was always a Hebrew at heart and the his “adoptive mother, the Pharoah’s daughter, aided in the exodus of the Israelis from Egypt.  Also Moses mother, Jochabed was hired to be his wet nurse.

As for Steve Jobs, one wonders how he would feel about constantly being used to promote adoption.  It might be worth reading his book to get more of an insight into his feelings.

Posted by catherinenz on Jun 16, 2014 at 5:06pm

Dave Thomas’s website has a list of adoptees.
Also as a Jew, though not religious I do think of Moses as adopted. But the circumstances were tragic that lead his mother to put him in the bulrushes etc

Posted by babydreams on Jun 25, 2014 at 12:00am

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