An adoptive mom’s powerful photo essay on rude adoption comments

Kim Kelley-Wagner, an adopted mama to two girls born in China, grew tired of the rude and intrusive comments she had to field when out and about with her children. In an effort to illustrate how hurtful the comments were, she and her daughters made a list of the comments they had heard, and then wrote them out and took a picture with them. It’s a powerful photo series that illustrates just how hurtful such comments can be.

“I have tried to explain to my daughters that people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance, which is why I am sharing some of them,” Kelly says. “Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely.”

Here are some of the photos they took. (Shared with permission.)

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