An adoptive family is one in which at least one of the parents is not biologically related to the child. These families are formed after an adoption is finalized. While it's a unit comprised of two of the adoption triad members, adoptees and adoptive parents, it's worth noting that birth mothers certainly play an important role in defining what kind of prospective adopters appeal the most in the infant adoption community. There's no perfect definition of what makes for an ideal family other than vaguely saying it's one that's loving and supportive of a child's healthy development. Any adopter who passes a home study is certified as an ideal head of an adoptive family.
Birth mothers, when looking for adopters to place with, are incredibly influential in the decision of what qualities comprise an attractive individual or couple to place with. It seems, a family that has strong values that align with a birth mother's as well as a disposition that's sympathetic and understanding to her cause for placement are preferable. Families will have an opportunity to share themselves on their adoption profile and express their feelings toward adoption and the birth mother in their "Dear Birth Mother" letter.
Traditionally, adoptive families are headed by a mother and father of considerable income. This is changing, though. Non-traditional adopters are single parents, older couples, gays and lesbians or those with a disability. Unconventional families are not necessarily a less favorable situation for a child to be in. However, an adoptive family is unique in and of itself and any potentially complicating factors can make it hard for infants to be placed with these adopters. There are many different families, though, within the adoption community. Public adoption agencies and international agencies, for example, are more likely than private agencies or independent birth mothers to place children with non-traditional adopters. These children may be a few years old or well into their teens, but they're all looking for the same stability and permanency that a loving adoptive home can offer.
The means of starting a family with adoption are vastly different than those of biological families but that doesn't mean there isn't still a lifetime of family traditions to be made and a familial legacy to uphold as the years pass.
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January 30, 2014, 3:15 pm
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