What it’s like to be in ‘The Club’

Hearing teenagers (boys especially) talk about adoption always pulls at my heart strings.

This one also tickled my funny bone.

It is hilarious and brilliant and eye opening at the same time.


ANCSS Oratorical Event 2010: Caleb – “In the Club” from Academy of the New Church on Vimeo.

Love these quotes:

“When it comes to adoption, I am no expert. I am only an expert in my experience.”

While talking about his biological siblings, “While we may not live together, they are a part of [our] family.”

“There is no one way to build a family. Family is more than blood and shared genes. It’s relationships. It’s about finding out who we care about the most and loving them as much as we can.”

“Adoption beautifully illustrates what is most important about family: LOVE.”







  1. Linda says

    Love this, thank you so much for sharing. I have two boys who are adopted and have biological siblings. My boys are still quite young (3 and 1) and we have wondered how it will all work as they get older and understand more and more. This gave me such hope and comfort. Thank you!

  2. Julie says

    What a great way to start off the day! LOVED this :) Thank you for sharing! I often wonder what our boys will say some day about their own adoptions. I hope they can only have a piece of this young man’s charm & humor about it all. I hope they have all the same positive feelings on adoption as well!

  3. says

    I was cracking up! So funny!! I hope my little on will be able to understand and talk about adoption like this young man. He is such a great example.

  4. Audra says

    I loved that! What a well rounded and confident young man, and what a great lesson he has to teach.

  5. says

    This was great. What an amazing young man. I hope my daughter will continue to proudly tell people she is adopted when she’s a teenager as well and that she too is apart of “the club.”

  6. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this speech. What an inspirational young man and agreat orator. My daughter is also “In the Club”. She is only 4 currently and we wonder how she will feel about being adopted as she grows up. We are currently adopting again and will be able to add to our collection of siblings. I have put a link to this speech on my blog to share with others and her.