An adopted child has two parents in his or her life: birth and adoptive parents. Birth parents are the man and woman biologically related to the child placed with an adoptive family. Adoptive parents are, therefore, those who adopt a child and assume parental roles without being biologically related to the child.
An adoptive father is a male parental figure who is not biologically related to a child he legally adopted and assume parental rights and responsibilities over. The role of a father in the household has evolved greatly over the last few decades. In the adoption community, adoptive fathers are more common in step-child adoptions yet may have a more difficult time than females when adopting as an individual. In China, for example, a single male cannot adopt a female child unless she is at least 40 years younger than him. Some states and countries won't even place with single men at all.
There is really no way to define the ideal father in an adoptive family. Perhaps the best mentality to adopt about who an adoptive father should be is someone dedicated to the support and raising of a child who is not biologically related to him. It is thought that one of the more difficult facets of adoption a man may experience is the end of his biological legacy. It's important that prospective fathers voice these thoughts and work through any emotional obstacles prior to the home study. Once a couple passes a home study, they are ready to be placed with. The relationship between a birth mother and prospective father is one that may vary by adoption placement scenario. Many birth mothers are looking for a couple that can raise the child she places with them in a household that upholds her own familial ideals, but there is often more pressure put on the maternal role.
After an adoption is finalized, an adoptee's original birth certificate with his or her birth parents' names on it will be filed in a sealed adoption record with the state. An adoption decree will be given to the adoptive parents, whose names will appear on the adoptee's new birth certificate. At this point, the prospective father has before him a lifetime of parenthood.
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September 15, 2013, 9:25 am
I have seen many adoption stories that have happy endings. however my story is not one. the most that I know about my beginning I was told by my adopted mother. so really I have no idea. I was adopted when I was four alone with my two year old blood brother. everything started off well before...How should I make contact?
September 7, 2013, 8:46 am
This is my first post. I just recently joined the site and found my birth mother a few days later. After searching for a number of years since I was a young teenager, with little to no information to go by, I was able to find my birth mother on adoption.com. A kind nurse who saw I was looking...
Urgent: Looking for PAPs from Maryland
September 8, 2013, 6:30 am
Our foster family has contacted us with a task of locating a family of two children in their care since 2006. On October 3rd a judge will rule on the adoptibility of these children, if the PAPs do not come forward to express their interest in bringing theses children home it will not go forward. I...My adoptive mother despises me.
September 18, 2013, 9:43 pm
My brother and I were adopted at ages 5 and 6, from a less than enthused foster couple to a slightly more animated, better off married couple. We were raised in an advantageous part of Los Angeles and as time passed, my adoptive father began to take an inappropriate interest in myself, that...
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