Despite the fact that so many kids are looking to be adopted, the process is far from quick and easy. It’s necessary for there to be restrictions in place to ensure that a prospective parent can provide a safe home, but the majority of children who get adopted spend years waiting in foster care. The wait can put a lot of couples off, especially if they’re rejected multiple times. Considering that most people who look to adoption do so because they’re unable to have kids of their own, this can be an incredibly difficult time in their lives.
Fortunately not every child spends years waiting around to be adopted. Plenty of babies who are given up by their mothers after birth find their way into a new home before they’ve even understood what’s happened. Many prospective parents prefer to have a child that is still very young, because they will never know any family other than their adoptive one. Although this is great for the newborns who never have to go through foster care, it means that the older a child is, the less chance they have of being adopted.
While the system for adoption needs improving, at least the amount of children requiring a home is lower than it was a decade ago. Back in 2007, 133,000 kids were without parents in the United States, which put a huge strain on resources. With the total now lower, more needs to be done to help house as many children as possible. Thankfully, there are people like Marc Hadden in the world.
This father knows what it’s like to go through the stress of adoption. Luckily for him, he was able to work his way around the system when a day at work turned into something completely unexpected.