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The Choice of Adopting a Child

Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Adoption Law | 0 comments

The decision to adopt a child will have a profound effect on you and the adopted child. Unlike a guardianship, the unique aspect of adoption is that the process is aimed at creating a permanent change in the statuses of the adopting parent and child. Adoption is a very important human service for children in need of parents and parents longing for children. In fact, research has indicated that adoption provides children with necessary safety, security, and developmental support.

According to Adoption.org, adoption is, “the establishment of a legally recognized, lifelong relationship between adoptive parents and the adoptee(s) in question. Adoption is a permanent choice for birth parents.” Interestingly enough, since 2007, fewer people are choosing to create this lifelong relationship. According to one study, total adoptions in the United States dropped from 133,737 in 2007 to 110,373 in 2014. Despite this drop, there was a slight increase in infant adoptions over this same timeframe, with 18,078 in 2007 and 18,329 in 2014.

In fact, I did not realize how many different forms of adoption there are until I came across an article by BB Law Group PLLC. The article listed the following types of adoption: domestic adoption, foreign adoption, adoption of an adult, adoption by a step-parent, same-sex adoption, and adoption by a grandparent or other relative.

These specific types of adoption as described in the article can be reduced to three broad types: international adoption, domestic adoption, and foster care adoption. Foster care adoption is when the adopted child is initially placed in public foster care, and the adopting parents adopt the child after some time. Domestic adoption occurs when the child and parents seeking the adoption are residents in the same country. International adoption is adoption that occurs outside the country where the child was born.

Of course, given that adoption is such a huge decision, it comes with a lot of emotions, paperwork, and compassion. Raising a child is a decision that you should carefully plan, discuss, and implement. Adoption.org suggests that while you must ask yourself, “Is adoption right for me?”, it is as important to ask yourself “Am I right for adoption?”  These questions require a deep internal examination of the reasons why you want to adopt. This examination is crucial and should take some time. You are about to embark on a lifelong journey that is permanent. You must be honest with yourself, for your well-being and the well-being of your potential child.

Once you know the reasons why you want to adopt, you should conduct thorough research on adoption literature. Read scientific studies, blogs telling personal experiences, or adoption information provided on other platforms. The point is your decision to adopt should go through a substantial review process to make sure you are making the right decision. If, after some time, you decide your reasons for adoption are sound, and you do end up going forward with the decision, it can benefit your life in ways you never imagined.

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