This world has come so far since the first century and the Great Depression. Technology has boomed and more and more resources have become available to the citizens of this country. So why is it so hard to have a child and start a family? Well, there are many factors that play into this. Some being lack of knowledge, drug use, and family medical background. People with these issues tend to look towards adoption as a way to start their family. Adoption can do many good things for people.
Each year, nearly one million teenagers in the United States become pregnant. Surprisingly, over half of those teenagers carry the child to full term and give birth. Seventy-two percent of the teenagers are single and the fathers have nothing to do with them. On top of that, more than eighty percent of the young mothers and fathers end up in poverty and rely on the state to pay for their children’s needs. Children of young mothers generally have low birth weights, more health related problems and they tend to suffer more abuse. They often spend the majority of their lives without fathers. Daughters of teen mothers have a higher tendency of becoming teen mothers themselves and the sons are more likely to end up in jail.
In Idaho, authorities are enforcing a law that prohibits children from committing sexual activity with other. This is called the fornication law. Those convicted must pay a fine of three
hundred dollars and spend up to six months in jail. Gem County Mayor, Douglas Varie, hopes that enforcing this law will keep teens from having sex. He states that “Children having children imposes a heavy burden on society.”
Early parenting limits a young mothers likelihood of completing high school and post-secondary schooling required to get a decent job. Less than one third of young mothers complete high school. If pregnancy is delayed, the odds go up fifty percent. Over half of foster care placements of children with young mothers could change if sexual intercourse was delayed a few years. Since young mothers end up parenting on their own, the growth of single-parent families accounts for almost all the increase in child poverty since 1970.
Adoption Agencies wish to help provide the children born from young parents or even children living in harsh situations with good, nourishing homes. When a child is neglected, they will be immediately removed from the household and put into foster care. Emergency foster care provides a temporary shelter for children and gives them the necessities. Although some children are held in these homes temporarily, others are held there permanently. Placement depends on the age of the child and how bad their living environment is. An older child may choose to opt out of adoption meaning that they don’t have to be adopted if they don’t want to. This happens when an older child wishes to go back to their biological family when they reach the age of eighteen.
Most children who are put into foster care stay in one home....