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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Adoption, Fostering and Endangering The Welfare of Children

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had been adopted? Coming from someone who was (for all intents and purposes) adopted, I wouldn't have it any other way. Being adopted can mean different things for different people as well, some are adopted at birth and never know their biological parents, some are taken from their parents at a young age, and some people even decide to divorce their own parents in hopes of finding new ones. Adoption can be a blessing or a disaster. Sometimes people are adopted into homes that are worse than the ones they came from, sad but true. That is the fault of the law for putting the children with people they haven't fully checked out. This happens because there is usually more children to be placed in homes than people willing to take them in and they end up getting desperate and placing children in even worse situations. Most people who adopt though are generally okay, it's the foster parents that are more of a concern. My godparents raised me, they were foster parents but I was thankfully one of the luckier children to ever go in foster care because they are such amazing people. And then I heard this story about a young boy who was put into foster care and was locked in a closet most of the time and regularly abused because they just didn't want to deal with him, basically they were only fostering for the money (surprise, surprise! just like the other 90% of people who do it). I wonder how social workers feel when they find out about this stuff going on? It's their job to make sure everything in the home is going well for both the care givers and the children. Makes me wonder what the world is coming to.
As a parent, it saddens me to know that this is going on. The children probably would have been better off with their real parents anyways in most cases.

When adoption can be good, it can be amazing. Just say you were adopted into the best home ever, when you finally got to be an adult would you try to find family? Why or why not? I believe I have some curiosities about my biological family, I'm older now so I have since found a few of my family members, I know enough of them to get the idea of what my family is like. It doesn't really bother me that we are not that close, I have a family already, the one I was raised with. Blood may be thicker than water but it's the people who care for you the most that matter.

With technology on the rise, anyone who is curious about the unknown can use certain websites specifically designed to help you find members of your family. My favorite site is Ancestry. It's not free but you do get a two week free trial, which in my opinion is more than enough time if you know what you are looking for.


  1. quite an informative and interesting post! thanks!

  2. I too believe in adoption. Family isn't your bloodline, but is the people that care about you most.

  3. I just hope when kids get adopted their new parents will treat them right