Reasons for Adopting a Child

By June 15, 2022 No Comments

Many people look into adoption as a way of starting or completing a family, and find that there are many choices which include domestic and international adoption. People have numerous reasons for adopting and these reasons can range from wanting to help a child lost in the adoption system or one that might be unwanted to being unable to have children naturally. 

Children in Need

Some people who adopt want to help children that are in need. This can mean helping a child with a disability or handicap that might keep them from being adopted. It can also mean adopting an older child who may not be adopted because they are considered “too old”.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of private, domestic adoptions and 90% of international adoptions are made by people wanting to help a child in need. Parents who adopt these children are usually very nurturing and may adopt more than one child. This allows children that might flounder in an adoption system to be loved and feel wanted by a loving family. 


Infertility is a common problem for many couples today. Infertility can be very depressing to some couples and can lead to conflict within the relationship. This conflict may even result in divorce. In years past infertility was a silent problem that many couples faced alone. However, adoption has made this problem much more bearable for couples that cannot afford expensive medical treatment for infertility. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reports that 52% of couples that adopt a child in a private domestic adoption and 72% that adopt internationally suffer from infertility problems. 

A Sibling

Sometimes when adopting a child, the child may have an older or younger sibling. Many children in the system have one or more siblings and all of them should be allowed to stay together. This can make the adopting parents want to adopt the child’s sibling because they do not want to separate them. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reports that 7% of people involved in private, domestic adoptions are adopting for this particular reason. In addition, some parents who already have one natural child may not want to go through the pregnancy and birth scenario. Instead these parents choose to adopt a child to be the sibling of the only child they already have. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 16 % of people involved with a private, domestic adoption and 36% involved in international adoptions are adopting to provide a sibling for the natural child they already have.  

Couples and even single people who want to start or complete a family have many different choices in today’s world.  Taking the time to decide on just the right process of having your family is very important.  Don’t let the frustration of not being able to have a child of your own. There are millions of children that need a good home and you may be just the parent they are looking for.

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