Domestic and International Adoption

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Adoption What is adoption? In society, it is expected that the men and women who create lives are the ones who are to assume responsibility for them. However, circumstances often don’t allow for that ideal scenario to take place. Adoption establishes a lifelong relationship between a parent and child that is recognized and respected legally. The adoptive parent becomes responsible for the child's safety, education, health, and development, as well as everyday care. Adoption was created to meet the needs of children whose biological parents are—for whatever reason—unable to care for them. Adoptive parents serve children of all ages with different ethnic and economic backgrounds, children with backgrounds or experiences that have placed them at risk, brothers and sisters who need to stay together, and teens with different kinds of mental, physical, emotional, or behavioral issues. There are a few different types of adoption, which are domestic, interstate, and international. In a domestic adoption, the adoptive parents opt to adopt a newborn baby from within the United States. International adoptions, however, are just the opposite, in which the parents choose to adopt a child or children from another country. In interstate adoptions, the adoptive parents adopt a child from an agency in another state within the United States. Within the category of domestic adoption, there are open and closed adoptions. In an open adoption, the child has the opportunity to interact with and get to know his or her biological parents, should he or she so choose. In a closed adoption, the child has no interaction with the biological parents after the parental rights are signed over, usually because it’s in his or her best interest. Shoul... ... middle of paper ... ...ress/Thomson Gale. Inskeep, S. (2013). Modern Family. Newsweek Global, 161(7), 1. Moe, B. A. (2007). “Adoption: A reference handbook.” Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO. Pertman, A. (2011). “Adoption nation: How the adoption revolution is transforming our families-- and America.” Boston, Mass: Harvard Common Press. Smith, M. C. (2009). Choosing the right adoption. Retrieved from sheknowsparenting.com: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/810853/types-of-adoption-domestic-international-open-and-closed Schwartz, L. L., & Kaslow, F. W. (2003). “Welcome home!: An international and nontraditional adoption reader.” New York: Haworth Clinical Practice Press. Sember, B. M. W. (2004). “The complete adoption & fertility legal guide.” Naperville, Ill: Sphinx Pub. Silber, K., & Speedlin, P. (1998). “Dear Birthmother: Thank you for our baby.” San Antonio, Tex: Corona Pub. Co.
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