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Posted by on Aug 7, 2008 in Articles |

What’s Adoption?

AdoptionHow is a family created? Often, we think of families being made when a woman gives birth to a child. But adoption is another way families are created. Adoption means a legal process that allows someone to become the parent of a child, even though the parent and child are not related by blood.

In other words, a woman and man are not the kid’s “birth parents.” The child did not grow inside the woman’s body. But in every other way, adoptive parents are the child’s parents. By going through this legal process of adoption, they are promising to take care of the child and make him or her part of their family.

Being a parent is a lot of work, but having a family also makes grown-ups very happy. Kids make almost anything more fun, so it’s no wonder people want to have them in their lives.

Some people choose to adopt because they have medical problems that make it impossible for them to have their own biological children. Some single adults, although they don’t have a partner or don’t want to get married, really want to be parents.

Other kids might get adopted when one of their parents remarries. The new husband or wife might adopt the kids as a way to show that they are all one family now.

It often takes a lot of time and effort to adopt a child. Some people wait for years to adopt a baby.Adopting a child is not like shopping for a new coat. You don’t just pick one off the rack and take it home.

Adoptions are usually handled by a government agency or a private group. These groups work hard to investigate the people who say they want to adopt a child. Before letting them adopt a child, adoption workers need to find out a lot of stuff about the adoptive couple. They would want to know if either of them had ever done anything wrong, like committing a crime. They do not want kids to be adopted by people who might not take good care of them.

The adoptive couple also has to meet with social workers and others to explain why they want to adopt a child. They’re also asked other questions to find out how they feel about kids and how they might solve problems, such as arguments, that happen in every family. The agency wants to be sure that children are adopted into homes where they will grow up happy and loved.