Were it not for this type of people, countless children would be living potentially distressing lives. When someone is thinking of adopting, it is best to give thought to the different issues surrounding adoption.
One issue surrounding adoption is whether a person should adopt domestically or internationally. Much publicity has been focused on this element, most likely as a result of so many celebrities adopting overseas babies. While adoption is a wonderful decision, many argue that people should adopt domestically. With so many babies and children in need of loving homes, some ask why a person would not take in a child that is right in their home country. Debate ensues as the other side to the coin is that adopting internationally is sometimes a faster and easier process. There is still question as to whether this is always the case.
When adopting domestically, another issue surrounding adoption is the choice to accept and open or a closed adoption. There is a major difference in these two types of adoption, and this must be carefully weighed when making a decision. A closed adoption will be one in which the birth parents will not know who adopted their child, they will not know which location the child in living in and they will have no methods of contacting or communicating with the child that they have given up for adoption.
An open adoption will bring much different events. The range of communications between birth mother and adoptive parents will vary however there will be some type, no matter what circumstances is surrounding adoption of this type. In an open adoption the birth mother, or birth father in some cases, will be allowed to have communications with their child. This may range from only written letters and may extend to the birth mother actually having visits with her child. While one may assume that this may bring about issues, if a child is older this can be a positive element. Older children, despite living situations with a birth mother, will have loyalty and having visits can ease the trauma of being separated from his mother and/or father. On the other hand, this can often bring jealously and competition between parents; birth parents and adoptive parents do not always automatically get along well.
The most important element, whether adopting domestically, internationally, open or closed, is that a child will have a chance to live a healthy, positive life in which they receive love, caring and safety. With so many babies, toddlers, children and teenagers in need, having loving adoptive parents will always be needed. One must keep in mind that adoption does not need to involve a baby. Older children are in dire need of love and safety. These children have lived many years without a stable home and should never be overlooked.