10 Interesting Facts about Adoption

One of these following facts about adoption might give those who want to adopt children much information about it. Adoption is not only necessarily about having a child in your home, but also how to protect them against danger. It is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting for another and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parent or parents.


Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young like through the foster care training process, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction.


Facts about adoption 1: Governing Adoption

Historically, some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption; where others have tried to achieve adoption through less formal means, notably via contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities without an accompanying transfer of filiation.

Facts about adoption 2: Modern System

Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century, tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations. In modern times, adoption is a primary vehicle serving the needs of homeless, neglected, abused and runaway children.

Facts about adoption - Anne of Green Gables Actors
Facts about adoption – Anne of Green Gables Actors

Facts about adoption 3: Ancient Adoption

Markedly different from the modern period, ancient adoption practices put emphasis on the political and economic interests of the adopter, providing a legal tool that strengthened political ties between wealthy families and created male heirs to manage estates.

Facts about adoption 4: Open Adoption

Open adoption allows identifying information to be communicated between adoptive and biological parents and, perhaps, interaction between kin and the adopted person. Rarely, it is the outgrowth of laws that maintain an adoptee’s right to unaltered birth certificates and/or adoption records, but such access is not universal.

Facts about adoption - International adoption
Facts about adoption – International adoption

Facts about adoption 5: Closed Adoption

The practice of closed adoption which has not been the norm for most of modern history, seals all identifying information, maintaining it as secret and preventing disclosure of the adoptive parents’, biological kins, and adoptees’ identities. Adults from closed adoptions typically grow up with a lot of unanswered questions. With the power of an attorney, closed adoption may allow the transmittal of non-identifying information such as medical history and religious and ethnic background.

Facts about adoption 6: Domestic Adoptions

Private domestic adoptions: under this arrangement, charities and for-profit organizations act as intermediaries, bringing together prospective adoptive parents and families who want to place a child, all parties being residents of the same country.

Facts about adoption - Modern adoption
Facts about adoption – Modern adoption

Facts about adoption 7: International Adoption

International adoption involves the placing of a child for adoption outside that child’s country of birth. This can occur through both public and private agencies. In some countries, such as Sweden, these adoptions account for the majority of cases.

Facts about adoption 8: Disruption

Disruption refers to the termination of an adoption. This includes adoptions that end prior to legal finalization and those that end after that point. The Disruption process is usually initiated by adoptive parents via a court petition and is analogous to divorce proceedings.

Facts about adoption - New York Foundling Home
Facts about adoption – New York Foundling Home

Facts about adoption 9: Same-sex Adoption

As of May 2012, adoption by same-sex couples was legal in at least some jurisdictions of about twenty states.

Facts about adoption  10: Perceptions

In Western culture, many see that the common image of a family being that of a heterosexual couple with biological children. This idea places alternative family forms outside the norm. As a consequence, research indicates, disparaging views of adoptive families exist, along with doubts concerning the strength of their family bonds.

Facts about adoption - Orphanage in Ukraine
Facts about adoption – Orphanage in Ukraine

Hope you would find those adoption facts really interesting and useful for your additional reading.

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