When a mother gives birth to her child it is the ultimate bonding experience. And
when a mother gives her child up for adoption, it is a selfless act for the child's best
interests, but not a painless one. Every parent that is involved in an adoption
arrangement will wonder and worry about their child for many days of many years.
Curiosity is powerful, and it is not uncommon to long to be reunited with one's own flesh
and blood. Adopted children have a right to know who their biological parents are.
Health reasons, curiosity, and the need to bond with family are all important factors that
adopted children face.
Genetic diseases make it essential that a child knows who their birth parents are.
If an adoptees considering starting a family and needs to know his or her chance of
passing on a genetic disease, the identity of his or her parents must be revealed. Also if
an adopted child would like to know his chance of developing a hereditary disease that
will not show effects until old age, he will need information from his biological parents. In
the case of rare blood diseases or a needed organ transplant, an adopted child knowing
who his real parents are could save the child's life. An adopted child should have the
right to access knowledge about their health, even if it means revealing the identity of
both their birth parents.
Every person wants to know where he or she came from. Most of us take for
granted that we know our parents, grandparents, and cultural background. Try to
imagine that you know nothing about your family background. A feeling of emptiness will
surely overwhelm you. Every time a teacher assigns a family tree, or a report on one's
cultural history, adopted children feel lost. Of course adopted parents provide a good
and loving home, as loving as any birth parent would provide, but adopted children will
always be curious about their true heritage.... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(1999, 10). Adopted Children Should Know T. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 10, 1999, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Adopted-Children-Know-t-7159.html
"Adopted Children Should Know T" StudyMode.com. 10 1999. 10 1999 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Adopted-Children-Know-t-7159.html>.
"Adopted Children Should Know T." StudyMode.com. 10, 1999. Accessed 10, 1999. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Adopted-Children-Know-t-7159.html.