November 19th was National Adoption Day, and in celebration Korie Robertson spoke with Neil Haley on the “Total Celebrity Show,” about Duck Dynasty, adoption, and family.
The Duck Dynasty Platform
At the beginning of the show, Neil Haley quickly pointed out what an incredible platform Duck Dynasty has become. The show’s success has allowed the Robertsons to speak of their faith and values. Korie Robertson recalls taking the very first promo photoshoot. The men and women of Duck Commander stood dressed to the nines in waste-high water. She remembers it being freezing, but also incredibly exciting. The show took off in 2012 and grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise.
Keeping Values In Mind
Korie also stated that with this huge platform comes responsibility. The Robertson family has tried to keep their message clear over the years. Korie said, “From the very beginning we had to remind ourselves all the time that this is not about us. This is about pointing people to God. I’m hoping that we are life in this world, and hopefully we’ve done that.”
National Adoption Day
Part of the message the Robertsons have tried to spread is adoption awareness. Korie is the mother of three adoptive children; Rebecca, Will, and Rowdy. Willie and Korie Robertson adopted their son Will Jr. when he was just five weeks old. The couple is quick to point out that they were not wealthy and famous when they made this decision. They believe adoption is something which all people, especially Christians, should participate. Korie said of National Adoption Day, “It’s important because of awareness. I think a lot of the time it’s something that we don’t know. We don’t talk about it, so we don’t really know the need for adoption.”
The Need Is Great
Korie was quick to point out that there are over 100,000 children in the United States waiting to be adopted. Korie and Willie have taken action to overcome this statistic. They are on the board of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. According to the institute’s website, “The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving families and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right to a family.”
Korie Talks Homelessness
Korie Robertson pointed out that it is harder to place older children in families. Often these kids grow through the foster care system, are never adopted, and then end up adults with no family. They are more likely to be homeless, or in the prison system. Korie believes we can lessen homelessness in the country by adopting more children. Korie and Willie Robertson adopted their daughter Rebecca when she was a teenager, and recently adopted their son Rowdy as a pre-teen.
It’s Just One Extra Bed
Korie pointed out that you don’t need to make a huge financial commitment to adopt a child. The Boss Hog’s Wife said, “It’s just about having an extra bedroom, or an extra bed for a kid…and having the heart to say you know we can do this; we can love a child that’s not our own.”