April 2014Vol. 15, No. 4Understanding Single-Parent Adoption
With the number of adoptions by single men and women increasing over the past 10 years, advocates from A Love Beyond Borders produced a publication that addresses the rewards and challenges of single parent adoption.
Single Parent Adoption: An Adoption Education Publication asserts that single parents ought to be considered by adoption agencies and birth mothers for their character, strength, and potential parenting capacity, rather than by their marital status. Statistically, domestic adoptions tend to favor couples over singles for placement, which leads many singles to opt for international adoption over domestic. The publication contests the underlying assumption that "all married couples will stay married, […] and all singles will forever remain single" and suggests that empathy for single persons' need to nurture can enhance the potential for successful adoption for children.
Single Parent Adoption: An Adoption Education Publication is available on the Love Beyond Borders website:
http://www.bbinternationaladoption.com/sites/default/files/ckfinder/files/SingleAdoptiveParenting--Goingitaloneornot.pdf (99 KB)