The blog is near and dear to my heart as an an adopted child with multiple mother and father figures throughout my early life adoption had a direct impact on how my journey began. It does not however, have an impact on how my journey will but being adopted had an impact on my psyche, self esteem and sense of acceptance. To anyone who has been adopted I share the journey which you have taken. My goal is to share light on this aspect of our culture.
What is Adoption:
Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person’s biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parent or parents.
- One out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child. …
- Roughly 40% of adoptions are from the U.S. foster care system.
- There are 107,918 foster children eligible for and waiting to be adopted. …
- 81.5 million Americans have considered adoption.
Adoption became an official legal process (and not just an informal practice) in the 1850s. And over the last 150 years, the institution has evolved and changed along with society. Today, about 135,000 children are adopted in America every year — from the foster care system, private domestic agencies, family members, and other countries.
Celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, and Katherine Heigl have increased its visibility. Movements like feminism, Civil Rights, and LGBT equality have transformed ideas about who can and should adopt.
“Up to at least the 1970s, adoption was only for babies and only by married couples who could not produce children biologically,” explains Gloria Hochman, director of communications at the National Adoption Center. “And people adopted children who looked like them.”
The number of single women placing babies for adoption has dropped dramatically — from 9% of all births to 1% — as unwed motherhood loses its stigma. And our attitudes change.”
One major factor is the rise of foster care and international adoption, which he says really started after the Korean War: There was a movement to adopt the war orphans, many of whom were mixed-race children of American
Only 2% of children who age out of foster care will go on to get a college education, and 80% of the prison population comprises adults who were in the foster care system at some point on their childhood.
In fact, the U.S. adopts more children than the rest of the world combined, internationally as well as domestically,
The U.K. also adopts a large number of children, he adds, though mostly from their public foster care system. Italy, Spain and France were the other most adoptive countries in 2013. Why so much here? “We have a culture of immigration, of diverse families, of interracial marriage, of people looking different,” he says. “Unlike countries where bloodlines are a part of the culture, we were willing to have families that were different, with children who did not necessarily look like their parents.”
Local resources and agencies
- Northwest adoption exchange