There is a lot of negativity that surrounds the topic of adoption. But adoption isn’t all bad. In fact, there are many benefits to it – especially to all those within the adoption triad. Birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees all feel the positive impact of adoption.
Adoption Choices of New York wants to share several ways in which adoption can bring about a positive solution for a problematic situation.
Financial Well-being & Good Health
Adoptive parents who choose to grow their family through adoption tend to be in good financial standing. In fact, the U.S. Department of Social Health and Human Services (DSHS) discovered in 2007 that adoptees were less likely to experience poverty, proving the positive impact of adoption on adoptees.
With the financial stability from their adoptive parents came the provision of adequate healthcare. In the same 2007 study, DSHS found that 85% of all adopted children were in “very good to excellent health.”
Another positive impact of adoption on adoptees is growing up in a loving home. Having parents who care for them and keep their best interests at heart, who nurture and encourage them into the independent, responsible adults that they are meant to be, is a feeling like no other. These homes can include parents of all kinds: a single male or female and same-sex or heterosexual couples. Married or unmarried.
But being raised in a loving home diminishes an adoptee’s core struggle of feeling unwanted and promotes healthy emotional and physical development. It provides them with a stable, safe and happy family who truly desires for them to be a part of the family. A family who will read and/or sing to them every night, be there in good and bad times, and watch them grow and succeed.
Two Families Who Love You
Adoption provides adoptees with not just one set of parents, but two. Their birth parents, who make the difficult but precious decision to give them their best chance at life; and their adoptive parents, who opened up their hearts and home. With open adoptions especially, adoptees get to experience this firsthand.
As a result, adoptees are able to get their deepest questions answers, and their anxieties are quieted through speaking to their birth parents and learning of their adoption story. Of the reasons why they needed to be placed in a different home. That it wasn’t because their birth parents were rejecting or abandoning them, but because their birth parents wanted them to have a better life. A life beyond their imagination. Having this information available is a positive impact of adoption because it helps adoptees develop a strong sense of self and identity.
Strong Support Network
In addition to having two sets of loving parents, yet another positive impact of adoption is the surplus of friends and family that adoptees inherit. Aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents from both sides. Brothers and sisters. Trusted friends of their parents’ who they will get to know and learn to trust and feel safe around. The list goes on.
Adoptees can find security in their extended sense of family and know that they are surrounded by people who love them dearly. Who will be there to support them no matter what. This dispels an adoptee’s fear of not being accepted.
Positive Impact of Adoption
As we have explored in the past, making the decision to adopt is not one that either birth parents or adoptive parents take lightly. There is a lot that goes into it, and choosing to go through with the process takes a lot of courage, patience and emotional strength. For the birth parents, they want the best that life can offer their child. They want their child to feel loved and cared for. To succeed in everything they do. Even though that means having their baby being raised by another family. Adoptive parents, on the other hand, ache to have a family they might not otherwise be able to have. Whether that’s through loss, infertility or other medical reasons.
If you are considering adoption or wanting to learn more about it, please make sure that you don’t just believe all the bad stuff you hear. Adoption does contain some heavy aspects to it, but we assure you that the benefits of adoption outweigh all the negative factors.
Adoption truly is an incredible blessing that transforms lives.
Adoption Choices of New York
For more information on adoption or if you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of New York.
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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