For some people wanting to be parents, adoption is the only option. For others, adoption may be a chance to give a child a home. There are a lot of benefits to adoption, but many people don’t adopt.
The confusion around adoption is likely caused by simple misunderstandings. Here’s what you should know:
Myth 1: Adopted children are not wanted by their birth parents
Truth: Most parents want what’s best for their children. This can also mean that a parent is considering putting their child up for adoption to give them a better chance in life. A child placed for adoption can also give people wanting to be parents a chance at an opportunity they otherwise may not have.
Myth 2: Children never need to know that they are adopted
Truth: Many parents think that it’s best that their adopted children never learn about their adoption. The fear is often that a child may begin to distance themselves from their adoptive parents or that a child may struggle emotionally after discovering the truth. However, it’s believed that children can benefit from learning about their adoption early on so that they can ask important questions and understand who they are.
Myth 3: You can’t adopt stepchildren
Truth: Many people marry single parents. A new parent can take the steps to adopt a stepchild. There are many benefits to adopting a stepchild, such as giving a child the emotional support they need and proving to them that the new parent is there for them. Adopting a stepchild can also give a new parent legal rights over their stepchild. The stepchild could also get insurance and medical benefits from their adoptive parents.
There’s a lot that adoption can do. Parents may need to reach out for legal help to understand their options.