Adoption case study
Anonymous March 23, 2013 Adoption “Adoption isn’t a birthmother’s rejection but an unconditional love that inspires her to put herself last and do all she can for her baby. ” This is quoted by Mary Hines, she is the mother of a child whom she adopted. Today I am going to tell you about adoption: types of adoption, pros/cons to adopt, cost of it, requirements for adoption, and who can adopt. First I am going to tell you about Domestic Adoption and the pros/cons of it.
Domestic Adoption is when the birth mother, child and adoptive parents all live in the same country it is a domestic adoption and there may be some openness, depending on the birth parents. The pros/cons of Domestic Adoption are: Pros: 1. It is more affordable due to reduced costs on travel and additional paperwork, even nonexistent if done through foster care. 2. There is a chance of getting a newborn; you may be matched up with a birth mom who has not yet given birth. 3. You will receive more detailed and accurate information about the biological parents medical information. 4.
Most of the leg work is done by the adoption agency representatives and/or case workers, you will not be required to spend as much time on the adoption process. Cons: 1. Requirements for domestic adoptions are quite strict and qualifications for adopting families are also high. 2. The biological mother may change her mind or unexpectedly refuse to give her child up for adoption. I believe there is a restriction on when she can do this, but that is not enough of a safeguard for most hopeful parents. 3. There are fewer children available for domestic adoption, especially if the adoptive parents prefer a child rom a minority group. International Adoption is when the adoptive parents live in a different country than the birth parents it is referred to as an international adoption and there is little or no contact between the parents. The pros/cons of International adoption are: Pros: 1. There are plenty of children available for adoption in many countries, both healthy and special needs. 2. The requirements and qualifications for international adoption are less strict than other types of adoption; your chances of adopting are greater. 3.
You have a better chance at being eligible to adopt and once your home study is approved you can rest assured that you will have the child of your dreams. 4. You don’t have to worry about whether the biological mother will change her mind. These children are most often orphaned. All you have to do is accept your referral of a child and before long they will be in your arms. (On average this process takes between 12-18 months). Cons: 1. Be prepared for lots of red tape, delays as well as an increased potential for fraud. Some countries may not be politically stable, eg. ou don’t need the government changing hands in the middle of your adoption process. 2. Be prepared to travel to the country of your adoptive child. You may even be required to make more than one trip or stay for a few weeks at a time. You will need to learn the child’s culture and customs, maybe even their language. 3. You will not get a newborn because you will not be made aware of a child for adoption until after they are born. So by the time all the administrative hurdles are cleared and they are finally united with you and your family, they will likely be at least four to six months, maybe even a little older. . Because the majority of these children have lived their first months or years in orphanages where the living conditions are less than decent, they may experience some developmental setbacks. The next thing I am going to talk about is the cost of adoption. The cost of adoption is often one of the first negatives people see when researching the option. Domestic infant adoption can range from $20,000 to $50,000 dollars, with international adoption usually costing between $40,000 and $60,000 dollars.
On a positive note, there are ways to lower this cost such as by adopting older children, adopting special needs children, and adopting through the foster care system. Additionally, for some people, the high cost of infant adoption is still less than what multiple fertility treatments may cost. The next topic is the requirements for adoption. There are a number of requirements you must meet to be able to adopt. For some people, this will exclude them from the process. For international adoptions, each country has requirements for the prospective parents’ age, marital status, number of children in home and income.
Domestic adoption also has strict requirements. With both types of adoption, you must pass a strict background and fingerprint check, as well as a home study–which includes an interview with a social worker–and a home check. For some, this will make it impossible to adopt, while others may choose not to because of the invasive nature of having such extensive background checks done. My final topic is who can adopt. Prospective parents are usually in the 25 to 50 year old range, but age requirements can be even more flexible depending on the age of the child.
You can be experienced parents with children in your home, or you can be first-time parents or even have grown children. Agencies will consider single men and women, those who are married and many will also accept those in committed, yet-unmarried relationships. Today I told you about adoption: the types of adoption, pros/cons of adoption, cost, requirements for adopting, and who can adopt. I myself have learned a lot more about adoption then I did before. I hope you learn as much as I did. “Adoption isn’t a birthmother’s rejection but an unconditional love that inspires her to put herself last and do all she can for her baby. ”