Around the world many people choose adoption. Reasons stem from infertility to empathy and understanding for children who may be suffering. Some families choose to adopt within their country or ethnicity, and other families choose to go beyond the borders of location and race to bring a child or children into their home.
What Is Adoption?
Adoption is the legal process of accepting a child into a family. The adoptive parents agree to accept a child as one of their own. Legal parental rights are transferred to the adoptive parents, and they are then responsible for the child's health and well-being.
Adoption Is Also So Much More
When a child is adopted the parents have chosen to take that child in when he/she did not have a home before, for whatever reason. The process of adoption helps to complete a family. Parents are given a child, and the child is given parents, to share their lives with. The child gives the parents a reason to get up in the morning and be more than they were the day before. Parents give the child love and compassion that may have been missing before the adoption.
There are many reasons birth parents may choose to have their child adopted from them. Many are not in a position to care for the child. For many adoptions, an adoption agency, can help connect birth parents with potential adoptive parents before a child is born. The agencies help to file the appropriate paperwork and search out compatible matches for both adoptive and birth parents.
Sometimes, birth parents wish to retain contact with the child once the adoption is completed. When a birth parent works with an adoption agency, this can be requested and added to the adoption plan. It would then be used as part of the criteria in searching for adoptive parents. This is just one example of how adoption agencies work to find compatible birth and adoptive parents.
Adoption can be a long and trying process for both birth and adoptive parents. The search for compatibility can be tiring. For those who have chosen this route, however, the end result can be fulfilling and rewarding. A child will be accepted into a family that willingly takes on the responsibility, and the family becomes complete with the presence of the child. The minds of birth parents can also be set at ease knowing that their child is loved.