Persuasive Essay On Adoption

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Adoption is the legal process of accepting someone into your family formally, and taking on the legal responsibilities as parent of a child. Adopting a child or teen involves a judicial process where a person accepts a child into their life, creating a new relationship. Once the adoption is final, the adoptive parents have full responsibility of their child and the child is then part of their family. According to the U.S. Department of State, adoption has started becoming less popular in the United States, with 22,989 adoptions in 2004 and only 9,319 in 2011. Last year, there were just 5,370 adoptions happening in North America. Declining adoptions lead to increased foster care residences, which means that there are a lot of children who…show more content…
As stated by the U.S. Department of State, “more than 90 percent of international adoptions include infants and children under the age of 5 years old…overall, 64 percent of adopted children are girls and 36 percent are males”. Based on their 2009 statistics, the primary sending countries for adoption are China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea, and Guatemala. Adopting a child from another country and bringing them back to the U.S. allows them to become a new resident and be provided the proper treatment and care to keep them safe and healthy. Alex Maher, a 12 year old boy from Allentown Pennsylvania, was adopted at 9 months old from Guatemala. Alex had been living with foster parents back in Guatemala, until the Maher family adopted him. His mother was so gracious to speak about the process of intercountry adoption and what took place. “We adopted Alex, back then known as Luis, in November of 2005. We had flown to Guatemala the day before Halloween and were eager to see him. He was only 9 months old, and we were so blessed when we found out we were able to take him in as part of our family”, Mrs. Maher spoke. “His name was Luis when he was adopted, but we decided to change his first name to Alex and gave him the middle name Luis. We changed his name because although we didn’t want him to forget who he was and wanted him to still have his background, we felt it was a nice way to welcome him into the Maher family. We believe changing his name allowed him to start over, while

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