As, Meg Ryan once said, “I am convinced, completely convinced, that there was nothing random about [the adoption], she is the daughter I should have” (Proudfoot 2016). Adoption is a process whereby a person or a couple, want children from another child that is not theirs. Legal adoption is a process where all rights and responsibilities are transferred to another person/couple. Many people who want to start families, but, are incapable of having children are often lead to adoption. While adoption can be a difficult process and expensive adoption is beneficial because people who are unable of having kids, are able to experience many opportunities and their multiple pros to adopting.
The pros of adoption are very significant to our world. According to Adoptionchoice.org,, 'adoption can bring new opportunities and resources to the kids” (Robertson 2019). A study in New York showed that the adopted kids experience one on one attention from a parent figure. According to Americanadoption.com, 'kids are most likely to get an education or even a higher education” (Janelle 2019).
Adoption brings new opportunities and advantages to children that have not had the chance to have a proper childhood. Some examples of opportunities are that children can experience the love and care of a family. According to Americanadoptions.com kids are most likely to get an education or even a higher education (Janelle n.d.). Adoption leads to many kids feeling like they belong in this world and have a sense of their role in partaking a family (Robertson 2019). Many children have problems with being adopted such as having an identity crisis. At a very young age is when children start to understand and explore who they are, where they came from, and their purpose in life. According to Adoptionwithlove, “For adopted children, filling in the blanks can create an extra challenge” (Brodinsky 2014).
“Adoptees in closed adoptions may wonder why they were placed for adoption, what became of their biological parents if they have siblings, and whether they look like their birth family” (races 2018). Although having access to the child's biological parents or even family can be very beneficial to them because they can connect their roots, (Pov 2016).
Another problem that adopted children is the kids have low self-esteem. The reason most kids have low self-esteem because they tend to assume that if their parents don't want them, the child may think that he/she is worthless (Coughlin n.d.). Also, At times, they may feel as though they do not fit in with others. “This lack of self-confidence usually arises in those who feel embarrassed or ashamed of their adoption” (Sullivan 2018).
Adoption is a very popular, according to rainbowkids.com, “adoption is very popular due to women not being able to have a baby” (Sullivan 2018). Many women cannot have children because they are incapable of having a child. WomenshealthGov states that “Most cases of female infertility are caused by problems with ovulation. Without ovulation, there are no eggs to be fertilized” (WomenhealthGov 2019). Some signs that a woman is not ovulating normally include irregular or absent menstrual periods. “Ovulation problems are often caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome” (WomenhealthGov 2019).
According to adoptionstatistics.com, it's popular to protect the female's health because she could die. When anticipating the coming of a new baby, one thing that most soon to be mothers don’t consider is that there is a chance that they can risk their life due to childbirth. “It was estimated that in 2015, a total of 303,000 women died due to causes related to pregnancy or childbirth” (Coughlin n.d.). “The situation of these causes was either severe sepsis, eclampsia, bleeding, labor that had some type of problems, and consequences from unsafe abortion” (Womenhealthgov 2019).
Moreover, according to adopt.org, “more than 101,100 needy homes More than half of the children come from minority cultures” (Coughlin n.d.). Caucasian children under five years old often have severe medical disabilities. African American children, Latino children, and children of mixed heritage cover a wider age range and include healthy infants (Reeces n.d.).
Also, about 59% are from child welfare or a foster system, 26% are from other countries and 15%. More than half of the children come from minority cultures. The reason why there are so many minority children that are in foster care is that some of the families come from poverty countries or even cities; where they cannot take care of their children. Caucasian children under five years old often have severe medical disabilities. Many children are The United States have a statistic of Caucasian children to be in foster care with a disability or a medical condition. This causes families unable to pay for their medical bills for their conditions. Therefore, parents can’t afford medicine, health care check ups.
Although, African American children, Latino children, and children of mixed heritage cover a wider age range and include healthy infants. However, there are a lot of pros to adopting a child, you can think about adopting internationally or domestically. Adopting domestically is usually cheaper than internationally. It costs roughly “$20,000-$40,000 to adopt a kid out of your own country” (Coughlin n.d.).
Moreover, there are many pros to adopt. Fifteen percent of transracially adoptive parents move to more ethnically diverse neighborhoods after adopting. Adoptive parents enhance their child’s exposure to other people of the same ethnicity.
The statistics of internationally adopting has decreased over previous years, due to the expense of diverse children. According to Adoptstats.com 135,000 kids are adopted each year domestically. According to Archive. pov “Of non-stepparent adoptions, about 59 percent are from the child welfare (or foster) system, 26 percent are from other countries, and 15 percent are voluntarily relinquished American babies” (Pov 2010). The adoptive children in the United “States have 19,942 international adoptions in 2007, which declined to 9,319 in 2011 as international adoptions became more expensive and restrictive” (Coughlin n.d.).
On the contrary, “428,000 children are still waiting to be adopted. Of the over 428,000 children in foster care in the U.S as of 2019, roughly 115,000 cannot be returned to their families and are waiting to be adopted” (Coughlin n.d.). Among the adopted children, there are more males than females that need to be adopted. Half of these children are 6 years or older.
Lastly, families and the world, in general, are highly benefited. “Family or new coming of a family can fulfill dreams of raising a child” (Sullivan 2018). Families also receive the joy and blessing of adding a child to their family. Opportunity to meet and form a relationship with the birth parents.
Furthermore, adoption allows birth parents to continue their education or careers and pursue whatever other goals they have. “For birth mothers who do not have a partner to help raise the baby, adoption can relieve the financial burden and stress of taking care of a child alone” (McLaughlin 1988). Moreover. Adoption gives birth mothers peace of mind knowing their children will be raised in a stable and nurturing home with a great family, who has always dreamed of being parents. “Birth mothers will have a sense that they made adoptive parents dreams come true by completing their family” (Pregnancy 2016). Biological parents have the option of remaining in their child’s life through open or semi-open adoption. The birth parents can receive financial assistance. In addition as well as other resources like counseling and support, throughout the adoption process and accepting the fact that they are putting their child up for adoption.
“Adoption may also improve divorced mothers’ potential for success later in life” (Coughlin n.d.). A 1988 study in New York reported that women who chose adoption were more likely to finish school. They were also less likely to live in poverty. Also, “more likely to marry and less likely to divorce than women who chose to be single parents” (Robertson 2019).
The world is also very highly benefited. The adoption centers around the world are running out of space to hold a lot of children. Therefore, our world is being benefited because there becomes enough room for other kids. They can receive financial assistance, as well as other resources like counseling and support, throughout the adoption process. Children’s interest in adoption varies throughout the developmental stages of childhood and adolescence. As children progress from one stage to another, they gain new cognitive abilities and psychosocial structures.