The modern society of the United States has recently exhibited a rise in the numbers of single parent adoption. The most extreme increase lies in the Hollywood sector of social media that can be commonly observed on nationwide celebrity news channels such as TMZ, E-TV, and Access Hollywood. The big question brought forth to most tabloids and dinner tables across the country inquires whether or not these adoptions are morally acceptable and if the law should permit them. However, the government has already allowed this type of adoption. Therefore, it is not as important to debate this issue, as it is to take into consideration the effects of the standard that has been set forth and determine a course of action that should be taken in response.
Single parenthood has been known to bring certain statistics with its existence. For example, more than fifty percent of the prison population and sixty three percent of suicides in the U.S. are associated with individuals raised by a single parent (Wall). After stumbling across these steep figures, my interest was sparked and an even greater questioning of this trend was engendered. For a country that once deemed single mothers as outcasts, what could shift the eyes of the criticizer and open the doors of an adoption agency that places children by choice under the care of a single parent? The research of this essay will be concentrated on the effects of single parent adoption on the child. Will the adopted child face the same issues as the children who are raised in a single parent home by circumstance or will their upbringing be different based on the fact that their parent chose to take on parenting alone?
Single parent adoption has existed for decades, but was under partial social cover until the “special-needs revolution in adoption” hit the scene in the 60s. “Ideal” families took first priority in demand for white, healthy children. So, most single parents took on the option for adopting children with special needs or internationally. However, single parents were not requested until 1965, from the Los Angeles Bureau of adoptions in order to scout out same race parents for African American children who could not be matched otherwise. The homes these adopted children were placed in were considered “last resort” and a Bureau member had deemed married couples “preferable” (Herman). However, having one or two parental units in your life still remains far superior to raising yourself.
The widely known stigma that single parenting carries suggests the children in these circumstances are more likely to experience a lower quality of parenting, be economically disadvantaged, and emotionally detached in some fashion. Much research has been contributed in effort to expose the reasons that lie behind why single parenthood is viewed in this fashion. Common parental problems include lack of academic involvement, minimal supervision, and inconsistent disciplinary actions or punishment (American...