Is It A Hard Knock Life?
In her hit movie Annie, Aileen Quinn sings “No one’s there when your dreams at night get creepy, no one cares if you grow or if you shrink, no one dries when your eyes get wet and weepy…it’s the hard knock life!”(Strouse). Adoption may not always be roses, but it is better to have a loving family one day than to have no family at all. Therefore, adoption is a wonderful opportunity for many families and children. Adoption is a life changing benefit for both the adopting parents and orphans, it is a challenging reward, and is much more acceptable than the alternative, abortion.
Adoption has been around for many years and started back in biblical times. It was believed that Moses was adopted as stated in the Bible. “And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, because I drew him out of the water” (Exodus 2:10). Adoption took place by the Romans by performing a ceremony where the adopting parents exchange money for the child giving the child all family rights and privileges (Branham). In 1850 adoption became legal to aid American Colonial farming families that desperately needed child labor. Thus, adoption got out of hand and in 1851 Massachusetts developed the first statue that required judicial child labor. However, adoption has come a long way since 1851 when it first became legal. During World War I and World War II the adoption rate went up because of the number of deaths and unwed mothers that could not care for their child (Price). Today couples are still adopting children, but the laws and statutes have changed. The adoption process no longer is just closed; open adoption is now a choice couples have. Open adoption is when the birth parent meets the adopting parents and a closed adoption is when the child’s past is kept confidential. It is said that in the United States there are five million adoptees and out of the five million 2.5 percent of children under 18 year old have been given homes (American adoptions).
Adoption is beneficial not only for the adopted child, but also for the adopting parents because adoption has the potential to make a family whole. The expense of adoption is high which can place a heavy financial burden some families willing to adopt. So it is beneficial to both the parents and the adopted child if the family is prepared to handle the expenses. Orphans, especially the older children who have been in foster care for many years, need love and stability. Well rounded parents willing to adopt are the perfect remedy for a child in need of some tender love and care. Some adults need just as much love and stability as orphans do. Thus, adoption is beneficial for the adopting parents too because some women are unable to have children of their own and feel as if something is missing from their lives. For example a nice young, financially stable couple at a local church was unable to...