Written by Erin Jones
One of the many things that makes adoption such a unique journey is the variety of families who come seeking an adoption agency in hopes of expanding their family through the miracle of adoption. That said, when most people think about adoption, they’re still much more likely to imagine a married, heterosexual couple who are looking to start a family through adoption. Every couple who chooses to expand their family by adopting a child is a truly special one, but it’s important to highlight all of the other wonderful types of adoptive family out there!
Below, Adoption Choices of Florida shines the spotlight on six of the lesser-known — but still common! — types of adoptive families that adoption agencies in Florida are likely to see!
Today, it’s becoming more and more common for individuals to seek out an adoption agency in hopes of adopting a child and becoming a single parent. For birth mothers placing a child for adoption, choosing a single adoptive parent over a two-parent household might seem like a risky decision. However, single parents are much more successful at parenting than society gives them credit for — they’ve proven time and time again that even though raising a child alone certainly has its challenges, it can be done successfully!
Another type of adoption that’s becoming more common is the adoption of a child by a step-parent. Step-parent adoption is slightly different from most other types of adoption, but it’s exactly as it sounds— when a child’s step-parent legally adopts him or her. In step-parent adoptions, the birth parent of the child who’s being adopted is typically married to the step-parent and involved in the adoption process. As you may have seen on social media, it’s very common to surprise a child on a birthday or a holiday with the formal paperwork documenting the adoption of the child by his or her step-parent!
Adoption of a child by a grandparent, grandparents, or another relative or relatives is fairly common as well, especially in cases where a child’s birth parent or parents can no longer care for the child or have died unexpectedly. Grandparent or relative adoptions are also different from most other adoptions because most adoptions involve adoptive families who are not blood-related to the child who’s being adopted. When a child is to be adopted by their grandparents or other relatives, it’s important to note that the adoption process is often much quicker than that of an adoptive family who’s not biologically related to a child. Though adoption agencies and social workers must still determine the grandparents or other relatives of a child fit to care for that child, it doesn’t take quite as long to do so as with other types of adoption.
The LGBT community has spent years fighting oppression and for their basic human rights, It wasn’t until recently that people within the LGBT community finally won the right to marry and legally adopt. Sadly, some people still don’t see the beauty in this major victory for the LGBT community and its allies, but that hasn’t stopped the increase in LGBT adoptions in the past few years. Contrary to what some people may think, there’s no evidence to suggest that the sexual orientation of a child’s parents has a negative impact on a child in any way. Children of LGBT adoptive parents reportedly grow up to be much more confident, compassionate, and open-minded in adulthood!
Like LGBT adoption, transracial adoption has been a controversial topic of debate for many years. Like LGBT adoption, transracial adoption has become much more common and widely accepted in recent years. If you’re considering transracial adoption — whether you’re a birth mother or an adoptive parent — it’s important to learn as much as you can about transracial adoption, as well as about race and racism. Unfortunately, transracial adoptive families experience a great deal of negativity, particularly in the form of discrimination, stereotypes, and prejudice.
As the birth mother of a child who was adopted by a family of a different race, it’s your responsibility to stand up for your child and their adoptive family and defend them from this kind of negativity. The more you know about transracial adoption and the negative effects of racism, the better you’ll be able to protect your child’s family and to educate others about how truly incredible transracial adoption is!
Adoption is also becoming more common amongst families with at least one parent who’s an active member of the military. Most military families are used to experiencing high levels of stress, but the additional stress of going through the adoption process can take quite a toll. Fortunately, the military offers many resources to service members and their families when they’re in the process of adopting a child, and most adoption agencies are used to working with military families throughout the adoption process to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
As a birth mother, you’ll hit a lot of important milestones throughout your adoption journey — one of which is the moment you get to choose your child’s adoptive family! As with every significant moment in the adoption process, choosing an adoptive family for your child can be scary and stressful. Knowing about all the different types of adoptive families can be beneficial. As you review potential families, you might get a better idea of what kind of family you want your child to be raised by. Note that not every type of adoptive family listed above can necessarily apply to every birth mother going through the adoption process — step-parent, grandparent, and relative adoption often occur under different circumstances. That said, it’s still important to appreciate all the different kinds of adoptive families that are out there because each one is amazing in its own unique way! For more information on how to choose an adoptive family, please visit our website’s blog on choosing an adoptive family for your child as a birth mother in Florida.
If you are a pregnant woman in Florida considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: (833) 352-3678
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