Why Do People Adopt?



If you’re on this website, chances are you’re interested in learning more about adoption. Whether you’re considering placing a child for adoption or interested in adopting, we hope we can help you along the way. While there are many reasons why people adopt, the following three reasons tend to be some of the most common.

Adopting Because of Fertility Issues

Adopting because of fertility issues - negative pregnancy test

According to the National Institute of Health, about 7% of men and 11% of women of child-bearing age experience fertility issues. Many of these men and women dream of having a family, and adoption can help them get there. While millions of people seek medical treatment for fertility, with varying degrees of success, millions also choose adoption to build their families.

Adopting Because of Religious Beliefs

Adopting for religious beliefs

People of many religious backgrounds believe that their religion calls on them to adopt in order to help children. Christianity and Islam both call on their followers to care for orphans and other children in need, and some people interpret this to mean that adoption is not only a good way to build a family, but a holy way to build one as well. People who choose adoption for religious purposes sometimes have biological children as well, but the love they feel for their adopted and biological children is equal.

Adopting to Make the World a Better Place

Adopting to Make the World a Better Place

While this may overlap for some people with their religious beliefs, even people who aren’t religious choose adoption to help make the world a better place. Some people adopt because they know that having a family is incredibly important, but they’re concerned with over-population. Some people adopt because they want to provide a loving home for children who otherwise would not have one. And other people still find that reaching across our traditional boundaries of what defines “family” to make that ever-expansive can help make the world a better place.

Why did you adopt or why are you considering adoption? Share with us!


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