Argumentative Essay On Adoption
Adoption is the process of legally taking another person's child and raising it as your own. When you adopt, you are taking in the responsibility of caring for and loving another person's biological child. The adoption process can be a long and difficult process. Adoption agencies should change their rules and lower the prices due to the fact that it takes a long time to be finalized, it can be very expensive, and some people are unable to adopt. There are many people that would adopt a child, but are unable to due to the prices and the rules that are in place determining whether a person is or isn't fit for adopting a child. In 2019, there were 2,861 children that were waiting to be adopted, and 1,546 children that WERE adopted. There are many steps to adopting a child, but at the end of the process, it is worth it because a child gets a home and a parent or a family that is willing to love and care for them.
The adoption process begins with you deciding if adoption is right for you. If you do decide that adoption is what you want to do, then you must choose an adoption professional. You must take note that not all adoption professionals are the same, therefore you must do some research in order to find the one best fit for you and your personal situation. Once you begin the adoption process, you must complete a home study and find the perfect adoption match. It is best if you and the child you are wanting to adopt get to know each other before placing the child in your home to determine whether or not you and your living situation is best for that child. The last thing you do is finalize the adoption. Finalizing an adoption can take a while, so you must be patient.
Adoption can take up to a year to be finalized, therefore you must stay patient. ¨Once you have selected the agency you would like to work with, it may take between three to six months to complete the home study process and any agency related training¨ (ncdhhs.gov). In order to complete a home study, it must be approved by a home study professional. After you complete the home study and all the other steps in the adoption process, it can take up to another 6 months to finalize. The reason it can take another 6 months to finalize is due to the fact that there are many services provided by the adoption agency that you must go through to be sure that you are fit to adopt the child you are wanting to adopt. In 2019, there were aproxintly 1,546 children that were adopted and 2,861 that were still waiting. If adoption wasn't so expensive, more children could be adopted.
The process of adoption can be very expensive. ¨The average cost of adopting a baby through a domestic adoption agency today is more than $41,000¨ (parkerherringlawgroup.com). The actual cost of adopting a child will differ based on your personal situation and the agency that you chose to use. When adopting internationally, adoption fees can range anywhere from $30,000 to $45,000. If you use a local agency rather than a large national agency that is out of state, the cost would typically be lower. There are many people that are unable to adopt due to the fact that adopting a child can be too expensive for them.
In addition to people being unable to adopt due to the prices, there are people that agencies reject. In order to even apply to adopt a child, you must be at least eighteen years old. Many people think that you have to be married and have a certain amount of income, but that is not the case. You can be single or married and have an average income, you just have to prove that you are able to support a child in all aspects. Some children need a family and siblings, while other children would do better with just a single parent. ¨Some children need to be with a single parent, some need a two-parent family...¨ (ncdhhs.gov). A person's sexuality has no effect on whether they can adopt or not, however, having a disability can prevent you from being able to adopt. Having a disability doesn't automatically mean you can't adopt, it just depends on what the disability is and to what extent it is. There have been some cases where people have been rejected due to an issue that would have had absolutely no effect on a person's ability to take care of a child. Another thing that people worry about is whether they must own a house in order to adopt and again, that is not true. You do not need to own a home to be approved for adoption, you just have to have a safe place for the child to live. In order to be approved for adoption, you must pass a background check, be approved by a home study professional and you must provide proof that you are mentally, physically, and financially stable and that you are able to take care of that child.
In order to raise the number of adoptions and give orphan kids a home with a loving family, the adoption agencies need to lower the prices in order to make adopting more affordable for those who don't have the best income. They should also lower the restrictions as to why a person is considered to be fit or unfit for adopting a child, unless that person is absolutely unfit for parenting. If a couple is trying to adopt but one of them has a disability and the other is perfectly capable of taking care of a child, then they should still be allowed to adopt. Adoption can take up to a year to be finalized, and a lot can happen within the time-span of a year. Due to the fact that a lot can happen within a year, adoption agencies should figure out a way to shorten that time-span while they still provide enough time for the person or couple that is adopting a child to finish the necessary training services.