Single Parent Adoption
According to The National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP). in 2012 22.7% of adoptions were by single women and 5.5% were by single men. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. in 2000 33% of all adoptions from foster care were by single parents. Whereas single parent adoptions were once unheard of, they are now common-place and the numbers continue to climb.
There are still those, however, who disapprove of single parent adoption. They may feel that a child is better off in a home with a "traditional family" consisting of a mom and a dad. Perhaps they cling to the out-dated stereotype of the abandoned and struggling single mother. Or maybe they believe that single parent adoption may actually be a same-sex couple adoption and they oppose that type of family as well. Whatever the bias, opposition to single parent adoption does exist. But that does not mean you can't or shouldn't adopt as a single parent. It simply means you will need to find the path to adoption that will work for you.
Some things to help you along the way:
- Choose an Adoption Professional who welcomes single parent adoptive families. These days that would be most agencies and attorneys, but you should ask to be certain.
- Choose a path to adoption that will be open to a single parent adoption. For example, some countries will not place a child with a single parent, while other countries will only place with single women. An Adoption Professional can help to guide you in the right direction.
- Join some online support groups for single adoptive parents.
- Do a lot of reading. There are books specifically about single parent adoption and parenting.
- Assemble your "village". It does take a village to raise a child - especially for a single parent. Start now to determine who your village is - who you can count on when you need help.
About.com: Single Parent Adoption and Women
SingleMommie.com: Things to Consider Before You Adopt
Parents: Can a Single Person Adopt?
Adoptive Families: the Daddy Question
Single Mothers By Choice
Book: Adopting On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adoption for Single Parents
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