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Adoption: Why I Support It
by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado   

Last edited: Friday, March 29, 2002
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

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I don't have any kids, but I am for adoption!

I support adoption because I feel that ALL kids need a loving home and a loving family to call their own. I have known several adoptive families in the past, and I have always admired them (especially if they adopt kids who are disabled). It takes a special person to adopt kids that nobody else would want.

I enjoy reading about families who have adopted special-needs children because they gave these kids a home and, most importantly, LOTS of love. Some of the families that come to mind are the Swarbrick family, the DeBolt family, and the Wilson family. Such stories always warm my heart; it is SO refreshing to know that there are caring people in today's world!!

If I could, I'd adopt. However, adoption costs money (and money is something I don't have a lot of). I also don't have a lot of patience with kids, especially if they are younger than 4 or 5 or are teenagers. When I was little my mother (God rest her soul) was the head "disciplinarian", and she ruled with an iron hand. She believed in spanking whenever one of us kids misbehaved, and I think that it was because of this upbringing that I believe in spanking. Even though I was spanked as a child, I don't consider myself as being physically abused. I was taught right from wrong, and I knew that she loved (and cared about) me. If I had children, I would probably raise them in the same manner that my mom raised me.

I do think that if a person is considering adoption, he or she should be TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE for the welfare of that child (or children). I believe they should spend as much quality time with the child and be there for them when they are in a jam (no matter how trivial or minor it may be). I also believe that they should DISCIPLINE that child. If raised properly, an adopted child will grow up knowing that their parents made the right choice, and he or she will feel confident in himself (herself). And there is NOTHING wrong about being adopted; it only means that the person is a unique individual!!

And this is why I support adoption, even though I don't have any children.

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Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 10/10/2007
Did you know I was adopted --yep. At 4 days old, a very nice thing to do but worth it. Children all of them are the future. Nice write.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 9/9/2007
You are absolutely right to encourage adoption! Good for you!! So many children are in need of good homes!! Only place you and I differ is on the subject of what constitutes discipline. I did therapy with children {among others} for over three decades. Many of them indulged in extreme behavior in the beginning. Time out plus setting up reasonable rules that were as consistent as humanly possible, plus ample praise and rewarding each and every step toward proper behavior taught them to behave and feel proud of themselves and love and respect themselves, and others. If a toddler runs out in the street, a quick swat on the behind may be the most effective teaching aid. I remember doing just that re my daughter. Otherwise, though it takes a lot more time, thought, and patience than spanking, gentle but firm and consistent measures w o r k. Form gentle and reasonable adults!! Honest!!
Your mother was obviously a good person. You obviously feel good about the way your mother raised you {and you turned out great]. This is true of a lot of people who were spanked. Problem is, that parents who aren't nearly as kind and moral as your mother take "the rod" as an excuse to b e a t the daylights out of children, and a whole lot worse. Having been whipped unmercifully, I will never do or say anything to encourage the idea that striking a child or berating and humiliating him/her is the route to a disciplined and contributing adult.

You are a wonderful person. I love you. I wish I could say I am sorry about going on this way. But being the kind of person you are, I feel that you will forgive me. {Hope I'm right!!} Nothing I have said is intended as criticizm of you, in any way, shape, or form!! All have our beliefs. . .have a right to them!! Right to express them, and you express yours very well.

Thank you for speaking on behalf of the hundreds of thousands (if not millions} of children who are suffering for lack of love and security.

Bless you!

Beyond always,

Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 6/21/2005
I do not believe in adoption because the only adopted people I have known were very messed up. One died of AIDS and one is still in prison. I think people can only know who they are if they know who their natural parents are. In this way, they can have more respect for themselves and their own children.
Reviewed by Carrie Ostrea 4/18/2003
I agree with you, every child deserves a loving home :)

Author of "Family Bound: One Couple's Journey through Infertility and Adoption"
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/28/2003
interesting article
Reviewed by Lady The Lake55 9/10/2002
Well dear, I am an adult adoptee and many adult adoptees don't agree with you. Please check out Birth Mothers Exploited by Adoption. Love, Karissa Anne
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