A Guide to Baby Adoption
Infant adoption is a practice which has lasted throughout the ages, dating way back from the time of the Roman Empire, where adopting young men in order to serve as heirs to dynasties was not an uncommon practice. This carried well into the Middle Ages, also as a means to produce heirs for a certain bloodline, and well into the Civil War and immigration eras, where it was utilized in order to complete (and sometimes, create) families torn by all sorts of misfortune. As of today, even though the steps and procedures may be different than what it was and a little more legally founded and bounded, the principle remains the same: to take care of a child who has either does not have his/her parents available or lost them, in order that he/she may still grow up with a family, which is considered to be the most basic unit of a community, a human community.
There are many reasons and arguments today which greatly back the idea of adoption up. Intra-family adoptions are legally allowed when at least one of the child’s parent have died which results in a relation of either a parent stepping in to be a step-parent (stepmother or stepfather) for the child in order to re-create a family for the child. There are also other existing reasons for intra-family adoptions such as avoiding the contribution to overpopulation, wanting to stop the spread of a hereditary disease and completely eliminate it, there are complications with pregnancy and childbirth and just the like are just a few of them. Believe it or not, it is a fact that intra-family adoptions happen way more often than adoptions between families that are unrelated, though the latter are the much more publicized ones. Nevertheless, similar reasons are also the ones which account for unrelated adoptions.
Adoptions come in two forms: The first open, and the second closed. In an open adoption, information is freely communicated between the adoptive parents and the biological parents which allows the individuals involved in the adoption of the infant have access to the information regarding his/her adoption which includes adoption records and birth certificates that are unaltered. Any binding agreements which have been made between both parties, the adoptive parents and biological parents, of the child, are also kept in the open with limited access in order to avoid and mitigate abuse. Closed adoptions are a different story on the other hand altogether. In a closed type of adoption, the records and documents of the adoption and other materials which are similar are kept confidential usually by a lawyer hired by both parties.
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