Adopted children have more hurdles in life to overcome than birth children. They do not know their biological parents or their personal and medical histories. In the United States their original birth certificate and record of adoptions are sealed. Adopted children have more psychological, social, emotional, and academic issues than non-adopted children. They have to face not knowing where they come from and spend all of their life wondering, wishing that they knew their birth parents. Not knowing their birth parents adoptive children are incomplete; they go through life full of uncertainty. Placing a child with an adoptive family can be emotionally devastating. The child feels abandoned, develops identity issues, and has trust and intimacy concerns. Adoption is when an adult takes the rights and responsibilities from the biological parents by legally taking control of a child who is not biologically his or her own to become the child’s parent. Adoption can be traced back to the bible. Pharaoh’s wife adopted Moses, and Jesus was even adopted by Joseph. It has been documented that, before 1850, there were no laws governing adoption. Adoption became legally recognized in the United States in 1850. Initially, kids were just given away without any question. But then, in 1851 the government made a law stating that you had to have consent from someone to adopt. In Adoption, Identity, and Kinship Katarina Wegar states “The Massachusetts law of 1851 is considered the first modern adoption law…it was designed to guarantee the welfare of children (24). Adoption has helped thousands of children in the world that would otherwise be homeless. Adopting a child is one of the biggest
decisions someone or a couple may ever have to make. Having a child placed in your home and immediately becoming a part of your family can be a beautiful and life-changing experience. According to Adoption Facts on Adoption.org there are roughly 1.5 million children adoptees in America and over 7 million adult adoptees. About 140,000 children are adopted every year and there are nearly half a million children in the U.S. foster care system (Adoption Facts). As reported by Adopt on Adoption.org over 300,000 people choose to adopt every year, many for different reasons. Some people choose to adopt because of fertility problems. Others already have families but want to care for a child in need. Some people choose to adopt internationally to give a child from a developing country the opportunity at a better lifestyle. Everyone chooses to adopt out of love (Adopt). The Adoption Statistics on Adoption.org show while foster adoption has increased, international adoption has actually fallen to numbers that hadn't been seen in since 1996, with only 11,000 international adoptions taking place in 2010. China is the leading partner in international adoption. Nationwide there are at least 200,000 hopeful adoptive parents waiting for the chance to raise a child (Adoption Statistics). Becoming a part of a family to a young child provides comfort and a sense of being cared for. When children have a good loving family it builds a safe haven and makes them feel as if they belong. When adopted children first move into the home a period of adjustment occurs. As a parent you may have a hard time bonding, but you must make personal sacrifices, have patience and show an effort to accommodate and make room for the new lifestyle changes. As an adoptive parent you are responsible for setting rules and boundaries, teaching concepts like morals, ethics, personal and religious beliefs. Also, by adding a child into the family there will be a larger financial obligation. Children may be devastated by feeling grief and loss for their
parents making their moods unpredictable. Raising adopted children can be stressful it takes tolerance; it is not an...