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3 Common Adoption Misconceptions

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Making the decision to adopt a child is not one that should be taken lightly. The adoption process can be long and arduous even if the parents have done all the necessary research and work to provide the best home possible for a new child. When you consider adopting a child, there are often common worries parents will discuss. However, many of these adoption concerns are unfounded, like these misconceptions:

Misconception #1: Non-adopted Children are Healthier than Adopted Children 

This assumption comes from a stereotype about the mothers who place their babies up for adoption. Some people believe moms who put their child up for adoption do not take care of themselves during pregnancy as they would if they were keeping the baby. This simply is not true. The National Center for Health Statistics states 85 percent of adopted children have excellent or very good health, compared to 82 percent of non-adopted children. 

Misconception #2: Adoption Agencies Do Not Give Adoptive Parents Parents All Background Information

Many decades ago, some adoption facilities withheld medical records until the child turned 18 years old, but that has changed after many lawsuits and a shift in the perception of that practice. Now, governments and private agencies have made it mandatory that all known medical information is given to the adoptive family. 

Misconception #3: Adoptive Parents Cannot Love an Adopted Child as Much as a Biological Child

Many parents and birth mothers are scared adoptive parents will not connect with a child as much as they would if they were related by blood. Those fears leave almost as soon as the parents see the child for the first time. This can be verified by how adopted children are treated at home. Nearly 75 percent of adopted children up to age 5 are read or sung to every day according to the National Survey of Adoptive Parents. In addition, adoptive children eat meals with their family on average at least six days per week. These statistics by themselves may not seem significant, but they are because parents who adopt often have a profound appreciation for the wonders of parenthood and they cherish the time spent with their children. 

Contact a DuPage County Adoption Attorney

If you are considering adoption, you will need a skilled and trusted Naperville family law attorney. The lawyers at Anderson & Associates, P.C. have the experience you need to make the adoption process as smooth as possible. Contact us for a free consultation at 630-653-9400.



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