Essay about Increase in Adoption in the United States

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When a person decides to adopt, he takes the responsibility of raising a child who is not biologically his own. There are various reasons why people decide to adopt. Some say adoption is the best thing for certain children and many successful stories prove it to be true. However, there are also numerous tragic reports of adopted children being abused. 'Basically, what adoption meant, and still means, is that someone (the adoptive couple) is promising to assume all responsibilities for taking care of someone else' (Powledge 4). How the adoptive parents go about raising the child is completely up to them. Although there are many different types of families in today's society, one special kind of family that has become more and more common …show more content…
Although the costs do seem outrageous, the reasons behind a parent?s decision to give kids up for adoption are pretty simple. Some pressures to give a baby up for adoption include: unmarried, the need to finish school, financial problems, or the feeling of not being able to be a proper parent (Powledge 44). It would be hard to tell whether one made the right decision by choosing to give her kid up for adoption until years after the process took place. And even then one couldn?t truly compare both families, adoptive vs. biological. Although many parents realize giving their kid up for adoption is the best decision, some young girls have been persuaded to keep their baby by a social worker instead of giving it up (Benet 179). And in some cases a girl not able to care for her baby keeps him anyway, causing more problems in the long run (Benet 177). All a kid needs is to have a place to call home and people they can get attached to. ?From the beginning of the recorded history of adoption, the idea behind the practice was to protect children who, for one reason or another were without protection? (Powledge 6). When someone does adopt a child they make a commitment. When a couple decides to adopt they assume all responsibilities for taking care of someone else (Powledge 4).

Some say the decision to adopt is a good one, but there are many success stories as well as horror stories related to adoption. ?There is a broad range

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