Adoption Made Easy
All About Adoptions
“Adoption is when the birth parents of a child sever all legal ties to their child, and the parental rights are legally given over to the new adoptive family, who are strangers.” (“All About Adoption – Parents Club”)
“Apart from adopting a child from your own country, intercountry adoption is also available as there are also many children from international countries who need a family.” (“Guidebooks for you”)
In the UK and the USA, children are usually given up for adoption because they have been mistreated; other reasons are due to teenage pregnancy, or because the birth parents are no longer able to look after the child, or they have given up the child because it isn’t the right sex, it has some form of disability, or because they simply don’t want a child.
There are many distinct reasons for wanting to adopt – if couples are unable to conceive, if they want to help others by adopting, and now there are same-sex couples who prefer to adopt.
The adoption process varies from one country to another. The ethics for eligibility can differ in each country which can include the age limit, the requirements for same-sex adoption couples, and whether a single person is able to adopt.
“Placing a child into care and up for adoption is free in the United States.” (“Guidebooks for you”) Adopting fees for the parents vary in different countries, and even in some, to charge an adoption fee would be illegal. In the United States, for adoptions you are given a $10,000 tax credit.
The new parents face many concerns in adoption. The child’s family history and their family medical history may be unknown or kept secret until the child starts to ask questions about where they come from. (“All About Adoption – Parents Club”)
This usually happens when a child is old enough to ask the right questions, or when they feel the need to ‘find themselves’. There are always misconceptions about children who have been fostered and this is usually fueled by the media. (“Guidebooks for you”)
Some children are thought of as not being able to develop properly or will become problems, but that is not always the case, as children can fare well when given a new, loving home and go on to lead successful lives. However, many children lose out and some reach eighteen when they are too old to be adopted and are legally adults. (“Guidebooks for you”) They fall out of the system.
“Not everyone chooses to understand or support adoption, although Americans are experienced in it.” (“All About Adoption – Parents Club”) The history of adoption can be traced as far back as the 18th Century B.C. During Ancient times it was more popular to adopt adults rather than children so that they could execute the family heritage or to protect the family’s property rights. People single or married had the right to adopt.
Modern adoption laws are based on the heritage of the 18th Century B.C. of the Hammurabi Code. “Adopting adults was the focus in Ancient Times as a means for someone to follow in one’s footsteps; whilst the Middle Ages set some ground rules with their focus on the adoption of children.” (“Adoption Made Easy – Kopykitab”)
Certain laws were placed to protect children, so by this time adoptions were dealt with by the court systems. It was in 1851, in Massachusetts, that the first state adoption took place. Rev. Charles Loring Brace was the founder of the New York Children’s Aid Society in 1853, which helped orphaned and abandoned children. (“All About Adoption – Parents Club”)
He wanted to rescue these children and transport them to good Christian homes. They were placed on Brace’s ‘Emigration Plan’ onto regular trains called the ‘Orphan Trains’ for families to view at each station, until they were taken up by one of many of the wealthy farming families.
Times have changed, although we still want the best for our children, although it is still sometimes difficult to know what that is. Adoption is one of the best things to have happened over the centuries, to give children without a home a good chance of finding one. (“All About Adoption – Parents Club”)
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