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Mikayla Howie

on 23 November 2012

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Adoption By: Mikayla Howie and Julia Murphy Church Teaching on Adoption CCC #1 2379 The Gospel shows that physical sterility is not an absolute evil. Spouses who still suffer from infertility after exhausting legitimate medical procedures should unite themselves with the Lord's Cross, the source of all spiritual fecundity. They can give expression to their generosity by adopting abandoned children or performing demanding services for others. CCC#2 2378 A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift. The "supreme gift of marriage" is a human person. A child may not be considered a piece of property, an idea to which an alleged "right to a child" would lead. In this area, only the child possesses genuine rights: the right "to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents," and "the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception."170 CCC #3 Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin and a new participation in grace.527 It brings about filial adoption so that men become Christ's brethren, as Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection: We are brethren not by nature, but by the gift of grace, because that adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of the only Son, which was fully revealed in his Resurrection. Explanation - Family isn't about being biologically related, but instead about sharing in the grace of Christ with each other. - A Christian family whether biologically related or not, exemplifies;
Sacrificing for each other
Supporting one another
Experiencing Christ through each other Explanation - The Church believes that if a couple is not able to have biological children that there are other options, such as adoption.

-You are not "cursed" by God, but instead can use adoption as a completely legitimate alternative. - By reaching out to others one can also use it as an opportunity to become closer with God

- Many Christian couples view it as the path chosen for them by God - Parenting a child, by any means, is considered a gift and a privilege.

- Every child is made in God's image and therefore has the right to be loved

- Adoption gives the opportunity to have a better life to those who may not have been born into a loving and caring environment originally Explanation The Interview

- To take into one's family through legal means and raise as one's own child.

- To take and follow (a course of action, for example) by choice or assent

- The second part of this definition particularly relates to the Christian faith, because some believe this is their way of following God's course of action for them. Dictionary Definition:
a·dopt - 30 years ago, over 90 percent of unwed teens who were pregnant placed their child up for adoption
- Now most decide to keep their child

How has this changed the adoption process?

- Now the waiting period is much longer A Change in Society Reasons the Church believes
Adoption should be an Option - The child's needs should come before the desires of the parent(s)

- It does not matter weather single or married. The parent(s), if they can't take care of their child and provide for them should consider adoption. Negative Peer Pressure - A parent can sometimes be pressured by friends or even other family members to keep a child

- Negative outcomes:
The child would have been better off being adopted
The parent then feels selfish for keeping the child "Adoption is a beautiful, loving choice-not a shameful secret!" - Most adopted children believe the being told from the beginning is a better choice - "As daughters and sons of God, we're all adopted." Positive Outcomes - In most cases the adopted child feels that their adoptive parents truly wanted and love them - The child is usually given more opportunities then they originally would have had Adopting a Child with Disabilities - Many times children with emotional or mental disabilities, who others wise would have been institutionalized, have other options if adopted into a family that can support them.

- It can also enhance the adoptive parents life

- Adoption is an option that can give children a better chance at a good family and future Church beliefs continued... - "Every child has a right to life in its fullest and best sense."

- Neglecting to care for and do what is best for a child is a failure to love The Vocation to be a Parent - Married partner's love, "is not exhausted by the communication between husband and wife, but is destined to continue, raising up new lives."

- Asking the Creator for new life is why the Church considers raising children the most important vocation. 1. Q. What events led up to your decision to adopt?
"Well... I knew I always wanted children. I was unable to have them myself, so I knew I would love an adopted child as much as an adopted child."

2. Q Did God influence your choice to adopt?
"Yeah, I believe God put me in the right place at the right time. I had given up a job and started a new one and that’s where I met your birth mother. If I hadn’t taken this new job I never would have met her and I feel God put me in the right place at the right time."
3. Q. Did Mikayla’s birth mother’s’ faith life have any influence on her choice to give her child up for adoption?
"Yes, her birth mother was very religious. Although she was from Guatemala she was still Catholic and very religious and that is what made her decision to give her up so difficult."

4. Q: How so?
"Because she believed that she should try her best to raise Mikayla. However, she soon realized she could not give her all that she needed, so she decided to give her up to a family that could give her all the opportunities that she could not." 5. Q Did your relationship with God grow as a result of the adoption?
"Yes, I think it did because I always felt doubt. For the longest time I questioned why God was not allowing me to have children. Now I know he had a plan and Mikayla was my gift."

6. Q Was it important to you to instill in your child Christian beliefs?
"Yes, I felt very strongly that she should be brought up in the Catholic faith, because I thought that it would give her strength and help her to understand why her mother did what she did."

7. Q How do you feel you have impacted the lives of your children by adopting them?
"Neither one of my children would have been given an education or the opportunities to play sports or succeed in life. Living in fear, without a home, and wondering when their next meal was going to be, is something no child should have to endure."
Q . Do you think being adopted has affected who you are today?

"Being adopted has made me appreciate the opportunities I have now and makes me realize how much better of a life I have because of the decision my mom made. I’m so fortunate to have an education, I know never to take it for granted because if I was not adopted I would not have the opportunities I have today." A Personal Question The End Works Cited
Adoption Symbol. Photograph. The Papyrus Basket. 27 Jan. 2012. Web. <http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Gd-_BN-qtqQ/TyLMGpORKwI/AAAAAAAAACk/Z3TpfYcSqz8/s1600/adoption_symbol.jpg>.
McCarty, Michele M. Christian Vocations. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Religion, 2001. Print.
"USCCB - Catechism of the Catholic Church." USCCB - Catechism of the Catholic Church. Web. 17 May 2012. <http://old.usccb.org/catechism/text/>. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/abortion/catholic-teaching/the-catholic-church-and-abortion/ -Alliance For Children is a full-service, private nonprofit adoption agency that has been in operation since 1974
-In addition to working with all members of the adoption triad, we are committed to offering financial assistance to childcare institutions in order to improve the living standards of children—those awaiting placement as well as those for whom adoption may not be a possibility
-Providing a full range of adoption services to children, birth families, and adoptive parents in order to secure permanent, loving homes for the children;
Offering financial assistance to childcare institutions to improve the living standards of children awaiting placement and of children for whom placement in an adoptive family is not a possibility;
Educating client families and the public about all aspects of adoption through lifelong training, support, information, and referrals; and
Advocating for older children and children with special needs who could benefit from placement in adoptive homes. http://www.allforchildren.org/
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