From the birth mother’s choice to offer her child a better life than the one she would be able to provide to the adoptive couple’s decision to give a child a new home and family, adoption is an unequivocal act of love. Though there has been a lot of media attention on Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s anti-American adoption bill, there are still thousands of resources and hundreds of thousands of children awaiting to be welcomed into a warm, loving home here in the United States. International, foster, and private adoption are still prominent in American society, and some recent statistics reveal just that. 2012 was a great year for adoption, and positive numbers and trends show that adoption programs and interest from adoptive couples may grow in 2013.
In August of 2012, the US Department of Health and Human Resources conducted a survey of adoptive parents to determine the year’s adoption rates. The survey concluded that married couples adopted 70% of the adopted children in the US, while single females adopted 22% of the adopted children. Another 5.5% of single males adopted children and the remaining 2.5% were unmarried couples. While married couples make up the large majority of adoptive families, we see that adoption is still a way for individuals and couples alike to expand their family, regardless of their relationship status.
Of the 1,782,000 adoptions (combined private, foster, and international at the time this was written) made by adoptive couples and adoptive single parents, a majority (between 70% and 90%) of adoptions are initiated “to provide a permanent home for a child” or “to expand family.” In essence, Americans who adopt have their hearts in the right place.
Furthermore, 87% of adoptive parents say they would ‘definitely’ make the same decision to adopt knowing what they know now about their child. This encapsulates the beneficial effect that adoption has on the adoptive family, birth mother, and the adoptee. Because these children were given the opportunity to pursue a happy and healthy lifestyle by adoptive couples and individuals, this study highlights that the choice to adopt is a positive and gratifying one.
The age varies greatly for children and teens adopted in the United States. Approximately 37% of adoptions are of teens, ages between 13-17. Children between the ages of 5-12 make up about 48% of adoptions, and infants and toddlers make up the remaining 15% of adoption. Regardless of age, all children awaiting adoption are in need of a loving parent who can provide a home and safe environment to grow.
Along with providing a child with a home and a warm bed, adoption is a way to give a child the opportunities, love and encouragement that will allow them to become the best person they can be. With the proper love and attention that all children deserve, by choosing adoption the adoptive family embraces the idea of giving a child the necessary means to pursue their dreams and perform to the best of their abilities.
Adopting a child is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Are you contemplating adoption or are you already planning to adopt a child? Do you have any idea about how or where to start? Providence Place will guide you through the adoption process while making sure all your questions are answered. Providence Place offers adoption services for birth mothers, birth fathers, adoptive families for children, and adoptees. They also provide supportive services, post adoption services, and much more. Providence Place is a national leader in open adoptions. Visit provplace.org today to learn more about adopting a child.