in the best interest of the child

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In The Best 1 In The Best Interest of the Child Robin Bailey Axia College University of Phoenix
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In The Best 2 There are certain stereotypes that first come to everyone’s minds when they hear the word adoption. That is, a woman, or a couple gives their child away, and they never see or hear from the child again. This is untrue, there are different types of adoptions such as open and closed adoption and it is all in the hands of the parents. The decision is what the parents want and what they believe is best for the child. Adopting a child in an open adoption is a type of adoption that has is a newer type of adoption than those that date back to the beginning of adoptions in the United States in the 19th century. During those time and even up through the 1940’s and 1950’s women who became pregnant out of wedlock were forced to give up their child to adoption, especially if they still were young women in school ("Core issues and unique challenges ," 2002). Then around the 1970’s was when women finally were able to make their own decision about adoption a little more freely. Today there are about 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, which makes up around 2% of the children in the United States (Dusky, 2006). In today’s society women can choose to give their child up for adoption and choose to have either an open or closed adoption. An open adoption means that the birth parents meet and decide what parents meet their needs to adopt their child. Once the birth parents has made that decision both parents sit down and prepare a legal document of guidelines for the birth parents that states what type of contact they will have with the child. Having this legal document gives each set of parents the feeling of security in the adoption process because both sets of parents have established what there wishes are for the adoption. At that point the birth parents relinquish all their rights to the child. The contact between the adopted child and the birth family can range from pictures, letters, phone calls to even having direct contact to the child and being like a part of the family by spending birthdays and holidays and special occasions with the birth families. In
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In The Best 3 a closed adoption a woman relinquishes her rights to the child and may never see or hear from the child again. If this is the decision the mother has made it can lead to the woman being depressed longer and having unanswered questions for years to come about that child. There are many advantages to adopting a child in an open adoption and some people believe
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2010 for the course COMMUNICAT com 240 taught by Professor Junh during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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