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. As means to produce heirs for a certain bloodline and well into the Civil War and immigration eras, this has carried also well into the Middle ages where it was utilized in order to complete and sometimes create families torn by all sorts of misfortunes that fell upon them. In today’s time even though the steps and processes are different and require a little more legality, the principle remains the same: It is to take care of a child who either does not have any parents available or lost his parents, in order that he may still grow and progress with a family which is considered to be the most basic unit and a fundamental part of a human community.
There are many reasons and arguments today which greatly back the idea of adoption up. Intra-family adoptions (among the family) adoptions are permitted when one or both of the parents of the child have perished/died which would result in a relation of either parent stepping in to become a step-parent (stepfather or stepmother) for the child, in order to give and re-create a family for the child. There are a lot of other reasons for intra-family adoptions which exist like complications with pregnancy and childbirth, wanting to stop the spread of a disease which is hereditary, avoiding to contribute to the problem of overpopulation and the likes 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 between adoptive and biological parents is freely communicated, allowing the individual involved in the infant adoption access to information regarding his adoption, which includes unaltered birth certificates and adoption records. Any agreements made between the adoptive parents and biological parents of the child which are binding are also kept in the open, though with limited access in order to avoid abuse. Altogether, closed adoptions are a different story. The records of the adoption and other similar materials are kept confidential in a closed adoption, usually by a lawyer who has been hired.Why not learn more about Adoptions?