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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May 9, 2013, 4:51 am
I'm a counselor working in a community behavioral health setting. One of my colleagues worked in another State providing counseling to adoptive families of older child adoptions, specifically around attachment issues. Over the past few years we've joked about starting our own practice-mostly every...How blunt can I be?
May 7, 2013, 2:49 pm
I had my first meeting with JJ's SW today. Turns out she wants the 3 year old half brother moved and placed with us even though it means we're over capacity. When I asked if the family who adopted the oldest half sibling were interested in the 2 younger kids she told me "we have to check family...
May 15, 2013, 5:44 am
Having the photos is definitely a huge help, but it will still never make up for not being a part of my birth family. I did manage to speak to two of my mothers' sisters years ago; her older sister, who I got along with well, died and I lost contact after that. The other sister (who was the one...Mystery
April 28, 2013, 2:40 pm
I am trying to help a friend who is looking for some birth and adoption information. She is unable to even obtain a birth certificate with any information other than her name and birthplace of Richmond VA. It has no hospital information or anything like that. VA says that there are no adoption...