Adoption is a process in which a person assumes the role of a parent for someone else and in doing so; he/she also accepts all the rights as well as responsibilities of the child from the biological parents. Adoption is a permanent change in the status of the parents and the child and most societies have set laws for adoption practices as well. Adoption is a legal procedure in most countries and has changed in meaning over past centuries. These days, apart from human adoption, even pets are being adopted legally under the governance system of the respective country.
1. Adoption In America
Adoptions have increased by 15% since 1990 in America and the reason why so many children are orphans is because parents either do not have the appropriate financial resources to support their children or have died or separated from their child. Within America, there are 136001 domestic adoptions and 19569 international adoptions. California is the state with the maximum adoptions followed by Texas and New York. The reasons why parents adopt in America are the inability to have a child due to infertility, being a same sex couple, aspiring to help children in need and wish to expand the family size.
2. All About Adoption
30% of all Americans have considered the option of adoption and 2% of Americans have actually adopted a child. The most preferred methods of adoption are from public child welfare agencies, internationally or through private agencies or other sources. Infact it is surprising to know that 17% of women who have adopted a child have never been married and 60% of the adopted children are over the age of 1.most people in American adopt females and Ethiopia leads the way when it comes to international adoptions. In America, a total of about 136000 children are adopted annually.
3. November Is Adoption Awareness Month
There are about 399456 children in foster care units in America and 2 years is the average waiting time for a child. There are about 23000 children who will reach the age of 18 before without finding a family. About 71% Americans who have considered the option of adopting a child are willing to adopt one from a foster care. Some reasons for considering adoption are providing assistance, personal reasons like inability to conceive etc and other general reasons like spiritual desire etc. The main sources for getting information about adoption are TV, Newspapers, friends, family, social service and adoption agencies etc.
4. Adopt US Kids
AdoptUSKids is an agency which is celebrating 20000 children placed with adoptive families and over the last decade, nearly half of the children photo listed on AdoptUSKids was placed for adoption. The 20000 adoptive placements were made possible because of the dedicated hardwork of public and private child welfare agencies and adoption exchanges across the US. Of the 104000 children in US foster care waiting to be adopted, more than 4500 are currently photo listed on AdoptUSKids and the majority of these children are teenagers. Since 2002, families registered on AdoptUSKids have made more than 500000.
5. Giving Children Hope Through Adoption
Between the years 1999 and 2011, there were 233934 adoptions worldwide and out of these, females were adopted more than males. 66630 of these adoptions were from China and it is a shocking fact that in America, 423000 children are living without permanent families! Infact nearly 40% of these children will wait over 3 years in foster care before being adopted. The percentage of inter country has considerably declined since its peak in the year 2004 when 22990 adoptions took place. The top 5 adopting countries in the world are China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine.
6. Private Adoptions In The United States
The percentage of private adoptions in US is 38%. Some of the main reasons why people prefer private adoptions are that percentage of families looking for a child or a sibling is 16%, percentage struggling with infertility is 52% and the percentage looking to expand family is 60%. 67% families have signed pre-adoption agreements regarding openness whereas 69% families have signed post-adoption contact with birth family members. 57% families site their experience with attorney or agency very positive while 6% site it as negative.
7. Adopting A Pet
Julie is a 29 year old executive for a cheese company and Charlie is a cheese loving dog who has once stuck in a shelter. Julie found Charlie on Facebook and fosters Charlie until it finds a new home. It is a fact that 61% of people would be willing to foster if their local shelter had a foster program. Also 20% of the foster parents find their forever friends and adopt their foster pets themselves. Thus Julie too became a foster failure and decided to adopt Charlie.
8. How To Raise A Child
The 5 steps which can be taken to discipline a child are starting where they stump you, identifying your child’s true nature, interpreting the tantrum, being intuitive and not reactive with the child and enjoying the joy of raising a child. Parents need to understand that there is a hidden message in every child’s behavior and there are 4 types of children-the fun-loving child, the sensitive child, the determined child and the more serious child. It is important to have fun with the child and connecting with them. Parents must encourage children and focus when they are talking.
9. Digital Adoption
41% parents who read digitally are twice as likely to predict that their children will be reading significantly more eBooks in the near future than parents who do not read eBooks. 14% of the parents consider apps to be another kind of reading activity and 43% of parents have book related apps on their devices for their children to use. It is good to know that 55% of the teens felt that books played an equally or infact more important role than any other form of media. But on the other hand, only 33% of the teens stated that they currently have a book related app downloaded on their devices.
10. BlogPaw's Adopt A Pet Month
It is a fact that homeless pets outnumber homeless people by a ratio of 5:1. Through Adopt a Pet program, 13500 shelters, humane societies and rescues have created listings for 200000 pets. There are about 5000 animal shelters in the US and about 8 million cats and dogs enter these shelters each year. Out of these, 3.4 million pets are adopted each year and 70% of the pets are euthanized each year. People can help by adopting many pets like rabbits, goats, ferrets, dogs, cats, parakeets, turtles, horses, guinea pigs and even snakes.