Defining the characteristics of a perfect family dynamic is more difficult than one would think. It's is influenced by a number of personal biases. The idea of a well-functioning household is, to some extent, regulated by the law and self-regulated by morals values and religious beliefs as well as one's social standing.
The concept of a centered household is something that has long been revised, be it noticed via the depictions in movies, women breaking through the glass ceiling, or the rise in gay and lesbian rights. With these changing times, no group is more affected by shifts in dynamics than those in the adoption community. More and more, those who were once considered non-traditional adopters are receiving more opportunities to adopt. Gay and lesbian rights are being explicitly recognized by some states (some in favor and others not). Individual adopters are getting the chance to be single parents. Older couples are able to choose from more international countries than before.
The focus of adoption has always been hearth and home, though. Reuniting a child with his or her birth parents is a goal of the half of all foster care cases in the U.S., and for those waiting children, which comprise a fourth of the foster care populace, they are among the hardest adoptees to place. After months or years of moving from home to home, permanency becomes imperative to their social development and sense of stability. Therefore, there's a lot of pressure on case workers to find the ideal household.
So, what makes the ideal home life? Is it a single-income household with a stay-at-home mother? Is it a couple located in an upscale suburban neighborhood with access to better school systems? Is it parents who are devout to a particular religion? May all of those are true. Or, maybe none of those are applicable. Think back to when you were growing up and you realized the way your friend's family had dinner together was different than the way you did. Or, think about every time fellow parents make a parenting decisions that make you cringe a little.
No one is perfect and there is no ideal mold that parents can come out of. But there are family dynamics that are perfect enough.
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Search And Reunion
March 8, 2014, 7:13 pm
I would just like to say Thank you to everyone on here I've read and learned so much on here. I feel so alone. It's nice to be able to get on here with people who understands. Lil Man is my cousin. So I have found out kinship is very hard. This year has been eye opening with a lot of tears...tell me about fictive kin....
March 8, 2014, 2:20 pm
Does fictive kin always trump foster parents when adopting? Seems like a"friend of the family" that hasn't spoken to bio in 2 years wouldn't be any more better than us to parent an infant we have had since day one...? A friend of the family has stepped forward so they are checking them out...
Most States Advocate for Reunification if under the age of 8 years old.
March 8, 2014, 3:28 pm
Most States Advocate for Reunification with Birth Family in Foster Care. If under the age of 8 years old. Do your children also have a Court Appointed Special Advocate/CASA, and what is their side of the picture or story?? If they do not then why no CASA please?? Ditto, also with what...New to fostering/ looking for insight
March 8, 2014, 3:08 pm
My wife and I recently decided to start the process to foster and or foster to adopt. We want to add to our family and we are a little cautious on how to proceed. Is it better to foster first to test the waters sort of speak or would it be better to foster to adopt. We have done a lot of research...
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