Monday, November 28, 2011

The Bad Economy's Effect on Adoption Placement?

From the Oklahoman:
Nationwide, about 134,000 domestic adoptions were reported in 2007, according to the most recent figures available from the National Council for Adoption. That's a 3 percent increase from just five years before.

The economy has affected birth parents in complex ways, said Frank Garrott, president of the Gladney Center for Adoption, a national and international adoption agency based in Fort Worth, Texas.

“It's really hard to define that trend,” Garrott said. “Certainly the economy does come into play with some young women and their families make that decision. At the same time, we kind of see a counter-trend. As some young women get into a situation where they're really struggling and they are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, that baby is the one thing that really gives them hope. ... It may not be a trend at all.”

But the face of families involved in the adoption process is changing a bit, Garrott said.

As adoption has become a more socially acceptable option, more families with children are looking to adoption as a solution for unplanned pregnancies.

“To me, that's so sad,” he said. “That couple knows the joy of parenting firsthand. To make that incredibly painful decision that one more child in the family is going to sink them, it's so painful when you think about putting yourself in their shoes.”

In recent years, birth mothers seeking help from Deaconess are a little older than in the past, McCool said. Most are in the 25- to 34-year-old age bracket. Several are married. Some already have children.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think too and this is only opinion, that more & more families in all economic brackets are wanting to focus on getting "the very best" for just that one child or 2 at the most.

Early access to the best extra curricular activities, sports, private preschools, etc.; these children are being molded to be "champions"; a true childhood is secondary. Average is not acceptable.

I have been in groups where women actually joke about "flinging themselves from open windows" were they to discover an unwanted pregnancy. I hardly believe they would, but the sentiment is there and the response this kind of comment receives is often times shocking. At least to me who fails to find the humor in such chatter.

Am I surprised to see this trend? Not really. More surprised that we have not seen it sooner, as is the case in other nations where the middle class is dwindling and economic times are challenging.

Many families truly do feel they only have the resources to do parenting well for one or two children. Which is fine until a surprise pregnancy disorts their belief.

Sad for certain.