So we were asked to start writing a civics blog. The teacher was talking about how it would be divided into two different groups, I was hoping to be part of the group that would get to write second but… well, as you can see (read) I didn’t. As I heard more and more about the civics blog I couldn’t help but get even more worried I mean, we have to write a blog with a whopping number of seven hundred words. So last time we were asked to write about two ideas the would go with civics issue, and I was thinking on the lines of immigration. I do like the idea, but I feel I’d like to transition, I’d still keep talking about something related to politics given it is my major, but I also want to get a little personal because otherwise my blog is going to be preachy, and that isn’t what I’m striving for. So what I will talk about for my post today won’t be Immigration per say, but something relatively similar. What? you might ask yourselves? Well today I’m going to talk about the practice of taking in a child from a foreign country (An immigrant), and having that child become part of your family. I will talk about all the rules that comes when you adopt a child, the pro’s and the con’s of said rules, and about the different countries the states adopts from. photo-adopt-04


So I’ve decided to talk about some things you should know parents have to go through, or things about adoption that have happened in the past years.

1. Before actually getting your child, the whole house has to be full proof.


– It’s good that the U.S. takes into consideration the lifestyle these children will have, and how the government makes sure that their future alongside their parents will be a good one.

– If the house is full proof then the child will be safe, and there is less of a chance for the child to get hurt.


-They ask this of the parents seeking an adoption, but not of parents getting pregnant. So they think of foreign babies… but what of the domestic ones?

-It costs a lot of money, money that a family that really wants a child might not have. Don’t get me wrong, the house should be full proof, but should a couple not be given an opportunity to adopt a child and love the child like its own because of their house?

2. It takes around three years before you actually get your baby, and it costs around 30,000 dollars


– Without all the regulations, how can the country, institution, or anybody make sure that the baby will be well taken care of? It’s a baby’s life after all that we are talking about.

– It takes money to raise a child, it also takes money to bring a child from another country. It just proves how committed a family can be


-The three years before you get your child? Isn’t that a little too long?

-Their might be some families just as capable of raising a child, but without enough resources, why can’t they be given a chance?

-It takes a lot of money to bring a child from a foreign country so that they could have a great life, but what about the kids in foster care?

Haiti-adoption-programThroughout the years, the number of adoptions has dropped increasingly, to the point where there are not that many adoptions per year. There are countless of children without a home around the world, yet these rules keep them from meeting with their respective families. I just gave two, but there are many more. Each country has its own set of rules added with that of the U.S. For example in some Asian countries you are not allowed to adopt if you’re single, much less gay. Russia itself has stopped letting the U.S. adopt orphans from their country for political reasons. They say they keep the children’s welfare in mind, yet isn’t a child’s happiness a necessity? I’m not saying they aren’t happy in the orphanage, but my question is, wouldn’t they be happier with a family? So I would like for you to ask yourselves, do we need so many rules, before a family can adopt a child?

5 thoughts on “CIVICS BLOG: ADOPTION”

  1. I honestly do not know much about the whole adoption process and I cannot personally imagine finding out that I was adopted myself, but I do know that this is a sore subject for a lot of people even though it is incredibly interesting. I like your lists of pro’s and con’s because I did not know most of that information! Two worries I always have are children sitting in orphanages waiting to be “picked” and “taken home” along with a child being placed with an unfit family. Scary stuff.

  2. This was a great blog post! I really found your introduction interesting and relatable and it is cool how you explain why you wanted to talk about immigration. I also really like some of the fact you decided to include in your post. I did not know it costs so much money for people to adopt children from other countries or that it takes up to three years for them to obtain their children. That sound like such a hard process. Overall, I cannot wait to hear more about your subject!

  3. Clever topic. I found your blog post thought-provoking. I am curious to read more about the regulations preventing children from being adopted by hopeful parents. Perhaps you can include more statistics about the children in foster care worldwide and the agencies tasked with looking out for them.

  4. Wow I can’t believe it costs $30,000 to adopt a child. I knew it was expensive but that is a lot of money. I definitely see why there are so many rules in place for adoption. The people who run the orphanages want to make sure that the children they take care of end up in good hands.

    I do think the fees involved in adopting are rather high. Sure a family should have some form of financial security before adopting, but I don’t know many people who have 30,000 of disposable income to spend.

  5. Adoption is so an interesting and touchy topic. I think it’s also interesting to note that the children who are being adopted are always babies. People don’t want to adopt children over the age of 3 because they’re too old and possibly “damaged.” Adoption is a topic with so many facets it’s hard to examine each one and decide what’s best.

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