Element #1 - Marissa Maynard

Happy National Adoption Awareness Month!! Throughout quarantine, we have worked on rebranding and centering our mission around the adoption community through voice amplification and connections. Throughout this month, be sure to stay tuned for new opportunities to become a part of our team! In the meantime, I am beyond excited to start the "Elements of Adoption." It may be a little nerdy, but I feel that this is a unique way to display the different positions in the adoption world. I hope to fill each and every one of these boxes eventually, but for now it is my pleasure to introduce Marissa Maynard as our very first element of adoption!!

MARISSA MAYNARD - she/her(s) - International Adoptee

Instagram: @kailua_maynard Facebook: Marissa Maynard

Adoption day: January 3, 2006

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Marissa Maynard and I love to travel and visit new places. I do Taekwondo, and have been doing martial arts since I was 5 years old. I am apart of my schools art club, asian cultures club, calculus club, random acts of kindness club, and wildlife club. I used to do underwater robotics for a club, unaffiliated with any specific high school, and I used to row for a local team in my area.

How are you impacted by adoption?

I am an adoptee, along with my sister. By being adopted, we do not know our medical histories nor do we know if our behaviours are because of our genetics or if it is because of our environments, etc. My relationship with my parents and siblings, I feel, has been impacted by adoption.

What is the biggest challenge you faced that is related to adoption?

Creating ties with my family

What do you wish people knew about adoption?

Parents who give up their babies for adoption do not always have a choice. Sometimes, they are forced to give up their babies.

What have you done to support the adoption community?

I am a part of adoptee groups and supported an adoption event