When a person decides to adopt, he takes the responsibility of raising a child who is not biologically his own. There are various reasons why people decide to adopt. Some say adoption is the best thing for certain children and many successful stories prove it to be true. However, there are also numerous tragic reports of adopted children being abused. ?Basically, what adoption meant, and still means, is that someone (the adoptive couple) is promising to assume all responsibilities for taking care of someone else? (Powledge 4). How the adoptive parents go about raising the child is completely up to them. Although there are many different types of families in today?s society, one special kind of family that has become more and more common are the families created through adoption.
There are various and somewhat difficult processes and laws concerning adoption. New laws are being created year after year to make this process easier and the outcome positive. Adoption is not exactly new; the idea of adopting has been around for a long time. ?The oldest written set of laws is the Babylonian Code of Hammarabi, which contains a long, sophisticated section on adoption? (Benet 23). It is hard
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