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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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Articles About "Adoptive Father"

Sound of Silence: Birthfathers
In my reflections... on the sometimes confused world of relationships which adoption can create, I find a certain peacefulness in acknowledging that there is another man out there who also my son's father. Maybe that's just because a club with two members is much more interesting than a club with...
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Sometime in your life, you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have taken. It is the journey to find yourself. Katherine Sharp Who Searches? Old theories about who decides to search were mostly negative, but current attitudes toward searchers are improving. Searchers are...
Why Does My Adopted Child Need Conversion?
I recently received an angry e-mail from an adoptive father questioning why their adopted daughter needed a conversion to Judaism. "When we adopted her she became part of our family. We're Jewish, therefore she is Jewish. She needs nothing more." Unfortunately, the matter is not that simple.Judaism...
Helpful Tips for the Adoptive Grandparent
Few things are more completely enjoyable than becoming a grandparent. Grandchildren are one of life's joys, whether they come by birth or via adoption. All grandchildren are loved equally and are equally lovable. When a new family member is adopted, share your excitement. Share snapshots. Exclaim...

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Shannon Heit, 33, trembled with rage as she recalled the moment two months ago when she heard that a Korean boy had been killed by his adoptive father in the US Heit, a freelance translator in Seoul, is not related to the boy. But she said that, as a Korean-American adoptee herself, she felt a deep...
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"Adoptive Father" in the Adoption Blogs

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Celebrity adoptions bug me. I think it's all the press. The international adoptions bug me worst. Obviously, I have some kind of personal problem! I was thinking (unkindly) about Angelina Jolie the other day and decided to do some research on her. She is actually an amazing person. True, her...
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Hello
February 19, 2014, 5:52 pm
Like you, I am a step father adoptee who was raised by my adoptive father and biological mother. My biological father married my biological mother, I was born, and they divorced a few years later. After a brief period of child support and visitation, he disappeared. When my mother remarried, I...
Feeling Lost and Empty
January 25, 2014, 1:20 pm
I wish I could say I'm glad there's so many others out there feeling the way I do, but I'm just left feeling sad about it. I was given up to the CHS in North Carolina as an infant. My adoptive father died when I was 8 or 9 and my adoptive mom remarried quickly. I wasn't told I was adopted until I...
I was a tennant, nothing more.
April 2, 2014, 1:02 am
1. Do you remember being told you were adopted? [B]Yes. I actually remember my mother telling me that I wouldn't "be here" if the baby they had adopted before did not pass away. There was no cute story of being in your real mommies belly or anything like that. I feel like I had always known,...
Adoptive mom with questions
January 21, 2014, 4:14 pm
I have had a rocky relationship with my son who was adopted at age 18 months since he turned 13 and he met his bio mom, at his request. He is now 21. Prior to this we were very close. Since he turned 13 or thereabouts things began to change. His grades slipped. He no longer seemed to have...

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My Story As an A-Father
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The Meeting
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Searching for Birth Family
I have often thought about searching for my birth family, but some part of me just didn't. I don't know if it was the fear of finding or not finding the mother/father who gave me up. I had a lot of...

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He also testified that, following that hearing, he believed he was J.D.S.'s adoptive father. ¶ 22. Based on that undisputed testimony, ... Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community.
Adoptive Father: Adoptive Fathers, Parenting, Family ...
He also testified that, following that hearing, he believed he was J.D.S.'s adoptive father. ¶ 22. Based on that undisputed testimony, ... Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community.

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