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The birth of a girl has never been a cause for celebration in China, and
peasant farmers drowning newborn girls in buckets of water have been
centuries. Now, however, as a direct result of the one-child policy, the
number of baby
girls being abandoned, aborted, or dumped on orphanage steps is
Adoption is procedure by which people legally assume the role of parents
person who is not their biological child. Adopted children become full
their adopted family and have the same legal status as biological children.
the majority of people who adopt are married couples, many single people
Many people seek to adopt when they discover that they cannot give birth to
biological children. Others adopt children to add new members to a family
includes biological children. Many people adopt simply to give a home and
children who might not otherwise have them. Likewise, children become
adoption for a variety of reasons. Some children are orphans. Some
parents make arrangements for their children to be adopted because they
for them due to illness or personal problems. Other children are abandoned
biological parents (Adoption, CD-ROM).
Adoption is a common practice throughout the world and throughout history.
However, laws regulating adoption vary from country to country. People
adopt in a country other than the one in which they live, a process known as
international adoption, should familiarize themselves with the laws of that
Similarly, although every province recognizes adoption, provincial laws
specific aspects of adoption vary.
A significant number of people seek to adopt children from other countries,
process known as international adoption. People seek to adopt abroad for
reasons. Many people want to adopt an infant or a very young child. Some
hope to adopt children who share their ethnic heritage. Such prospective
find a shortage of suitable children available for adoption in Canada.
regarding the availability of infants in a particular country also
people to seek to adopt there. Many people adopt abroad because of
regarding domestic adoptions, especially fears that the birth mother will
proceed with an arranged adoption after she gives birth to the child. In a
well-publicized cases in the United States, biological parents have
reclaim their child years after it was adopted, adding to the worries of
parents (Adoption Services, Internet).
Three methods can be used for international adoption. The majority of
prospective adoptive parents use an adoption agency. Others consult
facilitators in Canada. Some prospective parents choose to establish direct
communication with contacts in a particular country. Many
adoption agencies place children from other countries. These agencies are
with the adoption laws of foreign countries and usually maintain contacts in
where many children are waiting to be adopted. Agencies send information
adoptive parents directly to their contacts, who then locate an appropriate
the adoptive parents (Adoption, CD-ROM).
Facilitators in the United States also help prospective parents locate
children abroad. Facilitators usually have foreign contacts who help
issues pertaining to adoption in a particular country. In some cases,
to other countries and directly assist in adoptions. Prospective parents
can also work
with facilitators in another country or deal directly with foreign
institutions, such as
orphanages (Adoption, CD-ROM).
People who wish to adopt abroad must follow the procedures and requirements
of the Canadian Citizen...
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