In modern society, it is difficult to imagine the amount of pain women go through when losing their child to adoption. However, when women's children are put into the adoption system, they have complete control of the situation. Shortly after World War II, the pregnancy rate in young women increased a dramatic amount. Different from mothers today, these young girls were not given the choice to keep their child nor did they have much say in the adoption process. In Ann Fesslers’ book The Girls Who Went Away, pathos, logos, and ethos were used to show the lack of control young pregnant women had in the 1960s.
Although it may hurt the adoptive parents to let the child know that he or she isn’t theirs biologically, a child should always know where they come from so that they are able to establish their own identity whether it be the identity of the biological or adoptive parents or even both. If the child knows at an early age that they are adopted, it is likely they will be able to deal with it better once they reach the adolescent age. In “Adoption History: Telling”, Ellen Herman gives the story of how adoption was never disclosed to the child, but not at the sake of the child. Telling has been a chronic dilemma in the history of adoption because it highlights the problem of making adoptive kinship real while also acknowledging its distinctiveness. During the twentieth century, adoption professional maintained a firm consensus that children placed in infancy should be told of their adopted status early in life, but adopted parents did not always agree, and anecdotal evidence suggests that many children were told in adolescence, on the eve of marriage, or even later in life. The reason adoptees were told had less to do with honesty than it did with emotional inoculation against stigma. Parents would be wise to tell children about their adoptions with kindness and love before they learned the truth from unfeeling relatives, nosy neighbors, or cruel
Adoption provides the opportunity for children to be raised in a healthy environment in cases where their biological parents can’t provide for them nor are they sufficiently capable of raising a child and taking responsibilities. Adoption gives children the opportunity to get the resources necessary to thrive which the parents provide security, education, protection, and skills needed for success. They overall provide comfort creating a lifelong relationship with the child despite the circumstances that has led to them being adopted. However, despite the positive experience that is life changing not only for the child, but as well as for the parents, there are myths that do prevent people from adopting. These myths deny the opportunity of a
In the beginning, International adoption programs in poor nations like that of Ethiopia, started with a few honest humanitarian adoptions, rescuing orphans from hopeless circumstances. However, once the news of an overflow of healthy adopted children out a specific country reach Western countries, expectant parents that desire healthy children begin to sign up for more children than the small, poor country can adequately supply. As a result of these demands,
“In 2001, there were 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, representing 2.5 percent of all U.S. children (“Pbs.org”). Parents and prospective parents who are considering adoption, there are many different types of adoptions. In open adoptions is where the birth parents are still involved in the child’s life. A closed adoption is where no information is shared between the adoptive family and the birth parents (“National Adoption Center”). Single parent adoption is the same as open and closed adoption with the exception of single parent as either a man or woman. People who are considering adoption because there are different types of adoptions including open adoptions, closed adoptions, and single spouse adoption.
The source provides information from a variety of professors in the fields of history, women’s studies, statistic, social theory, social problems, and research all working together to analyze the past to come up with solutions about the topics involving controversies with adoption laws over the last several decades. All of these contributors are very highly educated, many of them have PHDs and many others are professors in the above mentioned areas. This book discusses the history of adoption dating back hundreds of years. It provides information about the changes that have happened in adoption reform throughout the United States during specific time periods and compares it with different countries during the same time periods. Many studies are referenced which involve the psychological wellness of the adoptees (Carp, 2004). This source will help to show the benefits of an open adoption on all parties involved. It will also shed light on the psychological problems caused to children of closed adoption, when the adoption records have been sealed.
The purpose of this article is to describe different perspectives from adoptive parents, about their adoption experiences when receiving services from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoptive’s Wendy Wonderful kids (WWK), adoption recruitment program. Now one question that you may be asking yourself is, what does the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoptive Wendy Wonderful kids foundation actually provide for a prospective adoptive parent. The main goal of the foundation is to “not only facilitate an appropriate match between a child in the foster care and a permanent family, but also to ensure that the family successfully reaches adoption finalization” (Ellis, 2011, p. 2). WWK spends a lot of time trying to find placement for children in the foster care system that are hard to find placement for. These
Imagine being a child living in a third world country and only being fed two meals a day that barely provide the nutrients needed to help one grow, along with receiving very little affection. Some people argue that international adoption, provides a key role in improving a child 's life. Although others believe international adoption creates many complications and should not be an option. Therefore, many believe adopting a child from an outside country or culture can be quite rewarding for both the parents and the child; however, international adoption deals with many concerns as well as serious challenges.
The necessity of adoption in the world is astounding. Currently, there is an estimated 143 million orphans worldwide (Wingert, vol.151). As of 2007, there were 513,000 children living in foster care within the United States alone (Rousseau 21:14). International adoption in the United States was jumpstarted post World War II as a way of helping those children who were left homeless, after war had taken their parents. Although there are thousands of healthy children awaiting adoption in the United States, several American couples still turn to foreign adoption when seeking potential children. Americans often fail to realize the need for intervention within their own country and their duty to take care of domestic affairs before venturing to
A variety of different people and families will chose to adopt a child within their lifetime. Some will chose to adopt due to an inability to have children, “others choose to adopt rather than add to the world’s ever-expanding population”, and yet again others “choose adoption because they were adopted themselves or because they are sympathetic to children in orphanages or foster homes and want to provide them a home.” Whatever the reason, most of these adoptive parents share the same pain and concern of not receiving an adequate amount of time off in order to finalize the adoption, bring their child home, and help them to adapt to their new environment. Though adoptive parents do not have to go through the process of childbirth, there is still a list of things that they need to go through in order to bring and keep their new child in their home. This list of things, “includes the following steps: home study,…placement of the child in an adoptive home; postplacement, periodic reports submitted to the court by caseworkers on the progress of the child, within the new family:[and] finalization of the adoption according to law.” Not only that, but adoption can cause psychosocial ramifications on the adoptive families, that include, but does not limit, problems with developmental tasks and higher stress levels. With all of these steps that must be done plus the added possibilities of psychosocial
When the average American citizen today thinks about the concept of adoption, what images are typically the first that come to mind? Although different people are sure to have equally as different experiences in this field, one picture continues to remain the most commonly-accepted. This image consists of a man and a woman who cannot have children of their own, a newborn baby, and a single mother who will certainly be unable to provide for the infant due to her young age, lack of financial support, or another variety of unfortunate circumstances. Making the decision to adopt a child is without a doubt one of the best options available for couples who are unable to conceive, but by thinking of adoption as nothing more than the fallback
Adoption is the means of providing parenting care to the children whom their biological parents don’t have the opportunity or never wish taking care of them. This procedure establishes a legally-recognized lifelong relationship between the adoptive parent and the child. A parenting figure in this case has responsibilities of the adopted child in form of healthcare, safety, education, life skill welfare development and all other important factors regarding the child (Hollinger, 1991).
As adoption has become an increasingly mainstream option for couples looking to expand their families, international adoption agencies increasingly encourage families to explore Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America for potential adoption matches (Carlson, Hostinar, Mliner, & Gunnar, 2014; van Londen, Juffer, & van Uzendoorn, 2007). Unfortunately, many international adoptees (IAs) struggle with the transition into their new families and cultures; an issue that research suggests can be contributed to severe deprivation in early life (Carlson et al., 2014; van Londen et al. 2007). Researchers and aid agencies have observed that many international orphanages struggle to provide healthy, nurturing environments for institutionalized
“I always questioned if I was ready to adopt and then I realized no child was ready to be an orphan,” said unknown author. There are children who are without a home or family. Their parents are deceased or have chosen to abandon them. They have to defend life themselves. Children die because they are hungry and do not have a source of food supply. The problem, however, has a solution. Adoption provides homes and families for the children. It also provides a child to a family that could not have one themselves. Adoption is a needed action in the world because it saves lives, provides homes, and creates opportunities for the children.
Since 1776, the United States of America has had a growing problem with orphans and childhood adoption. Orphanages become overpopulated while foster homes shelter up to 3 children on average. The foster care system has been viewed as positive reinforcement for American homes; yet the point of fostering children is consistently overlooked. Adoption is necessary for orphans, foster children, or children in abusive homes. The act of adopting a child comes with positive benefits and fiscal responsibility, such as government assistance and wiser spending. Children obtain a healthy childhood with a familiar sense of belonging. The drawback of this is the long governmental process of petitioning for adoption. Seeking the birthparents, if they are alive, retrieving consent, being fiscally responsible, and having a safe environment for the child to grow up in are all responsibilities to look forward to when adopting a child. The adoption rate in the United States of America needs to increase dramatically, as there are social benefits, mental health improvements, and economical advantages for families who adopt.