Many single men and women wish to adopt but encounter barriers and questions. Many are faced with the question, “Can I even adopt?” The answer is yes! In fact, according to a 2013 National Survey of Adoptive Parents by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 27% of adoptive parents are single men and women. Research on the impact of single adoptive parents is also becoming more prevalent.
In one study, researchers contacted single-parents who had adopted in the past few years. It was found that the adjustment of these children remained similar to children raised by adoptive couples (Groze and Rosenthal, 1991).
· Several research studies have shown that adopted children raised by single parents experience outcomes that are as good as, if not better than, those for children adopted by couples (Shireman, 1995).
Misconceptions that single parents are not equipped to parent an adoptive child are not relevant if that parent has thoughtfully considered if he or she is ready to parent in general. Furthermore, if the desire to parent arises from a wish to meet a child’s needs and enjoy a relationship with him or her, adoption has a greater chance of a positive outcome.
Single and considering adoption? Consider the following extensively:
· Your support system
· Your job
· Your finances
-Kelly Bryant, October 2015