Effects of Acculturation on Adolescents and Adoption

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Brooke Simmons
COUN 5100
12/10/2011
Effects of Acculturation on Adolescents and Adoption

INTRODUCTION
Children that are adopted into a culture that differs from their own culture will have to learn how to adjust and assimilate in both cultures effectively. In these cases children have already experienced enormous thrashing in their young lives. Quantities of these children have suffered issues of physical abuse, mental abuse, abandonment, alienation, and isolation and will continue to grieve loss. Acculturation refers to a process where individuals from one particular culture adopt the norms, values, attributes, and behaviors from another culture. It is fundamental that adopted children have qualified, bicultural trained, culturally competent, loving, and nurturing adoptive parents. That are dedicated and willing educate the children as much as they possibly can. This will help promote mental and physical wellness. Adoptive parents can expect the likelihood of their children experiencing excessive stressors, particularly children with special needs they will be become faced with the daunting attempt and charge towards learning new positive behaviors associated with the cultural assimilation process. In many cases, it is a survival tactic and in other cases, it can be imposed. Until a child begins to feel accepted and perceives that acceptance within their new bicultural family as well as acceptance within their new culture. Only then will the child become a culturally competent person that appreciates assimilation into their new family and culture. In numerous cases of multiethnic and international adoptions more often than not this happenstance usually occurs. A magnitude of adoptive parents has not given real consideration or deliberate contemplation to the costly affects of an adoptee losing his/her cultural identity. I will give explanations and reasoning for bicultural training. It is my intention to reveal major critical rudiments concerning the positives of acculturation and what still needs to be explored. ADOPTION

An explanation for adoption can be numerous and wide-ranging. Rape is one common reason for a mother to put her child up for adoption, but the core issue is invariably being that the mother does not feel able to support her newborn. Many children in different cultures especially those born to single mothers who have apprehension of the father and who believe the child may be harmed if not removed from the situation is another causation factor. There are also mothers with psychological troubles who need to give up their child for adoption for the child’s safety and well-being. However, the most salient reason mothers necessitate to give up children for adopt is simply poverty. There are still millions of people living below the poverty line. Even in a developed country. Mothers reconcile that the child will have no hope of a quality life growing up in a disadvantaged and depressed region, with no means of support other than relying on inadequate state welfare systems. The mothers believe repeatedly with justification, that the child will have a better likelihood of opportunity with another family. Bausch, R.S., & Serpe, R, T. (1997). INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

When the Berlin wall came down in 1990, many children were left in serious trouble because they were orphaned, or their parents had no resources to support them. Thus, a route was quickly opened whereby western parents could adopt them. Other countries also sending their children to the United States for adoption were Russia, Brazil, Honduras, China, Ethiopia, and Ukraine. Before 2007, the easiest way to adopt a baby was to bring one from China, a heavily populated country with very limited resources for looking after the poor disadvantaged children. Ethiopia has a population of nearly 75 million people. The country is twice the size of Texas and has an estimated 4.3 million orphans, primarily orphaned due to poverty as well as...
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