Adoption is the act of adopting; being adopted. Adopt is to take into one's family (a child of other parents), especially by a formal legal act. It can also mean the legal act of assuming parenthood of a child who is not one's own.
Public view of adoption[change | change source]
In the West, there are some doubts about the strength of family love for an adopted child. Some research by the Evan Donaldson Institute shows more proof of this. Almost one-third of the people questioned believed adopted children were less controlled, more ill, and would easily be addicted to drug and alcohol. Also, 40 – 50 percent thought adoptees would probably have behavior problems at school. But adoptive parents were described by almost 90 percent as “lucky, advantaged, and unselfish”.
References[change | change source]
- Macmillan Dictionary for Students Macmillan, Pan Ltd. (1981), page 14. Retrieved 2010-7-21.
- "POLICY AND PRACTICE: MANY FACES OF ADOPTION". adoptioninstitute.org. http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/policy/polface.html. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- National Adoption Attitudes Survey, June 2002, Evan Donaldson Institute, page 20 and 38.”