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Adoption

Canadian Families
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Caitlin Hamm

on 20 January 2014

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Transcript of Adoption

Adoption
Research Question:
How is the adopted person effected by adoption?
Negative Effects
Experiences:
Questions:
"To bring a person into a specific relationship, to take another person's child as one's own."
Crown Ward: A child or youth who has been placed in foster care without access to his or her natural family for the purpose of adoption
Public Adoption:
any adoption arranged by a public or government agency.
Private Adoption:
any adoption that is not arranged by a public agency.
Intercountry/international Adoption:
when an individual or couple adopts a child who is from a different country. This type can make the adoption process longer than the public and private adoption process.
Positive Effects:
Process
Step 1:
Research and Meeting
There's a lot of research that is needed to be done when you're planning to adopt:
Can I adopt? Am I eligible?
How much does it cost?
How do I apply?
What agency should I adopt from?
What can I expect? How does it all work?
Who do I contact?
How long does the process take?
What types of kids can I adopt?
Where can I/where do I want to adopt from?
Who is waiting to be adopted?
Step 2:
Apply
Do you think there will be more adopted families in the future?

Do you agree with adoption? Would you adopt?
A social worker or adoption practitioner will come to your home 6-8 times to interview you and your family to make sure you are able to adopt. These regular interviews can last from 1-3 hours and can take several months. What the interviewer wants to know is, if you're ready to adopt, if the child will be safe and happy in your home, why you want to adopt, what your relationship with your spouse/friends/family is like, your financial situation, your employment situation, your overall lifestyle, what you neighbors are like, what your parenting styles are, your age, and other background information. They also come to inform you on the types of new experiences that come with adoption, what open and closed adoption is and what implications there might be, but mainly, who your best match could be with. The interviewer also asks that you take part in adoption workshops so you get use to the whole process and experience, the workshops are however optional. They educate you on how to parent an adopted child, what to expect if you adopt someone that is special needs, and they get you comfortable with the whole idea of adopting.
This process is stressful and timely because not only do you have to do the interview but you also have to submit a number of documents that include:
Personal history.
Financial information.
Physician report (per family member).
Criminal records and a police check (updated version from step 1).
Types of Adoption:
Step 3:
interview/Home study
For this step, you have to fill out an application with an adoption representative. When you go to fill out the application you have to pay the fees that come along with it. The types of questions you are required to answer are personal to make sure you're fit to adopt. Along with the application, you are asked to submit a health exam, police check, and a list of references.
The meeting consists of an adoption representative informing you on the types of children that are waiting to be adopted and how long they've been waiting. They give you information on the children and and what the adoption process is going to be like. The meeting goes along with your research because it informs you on everything you need to know about adoption.
Throughout this whole process, a social worker or adoption representative guides you so you understand what you're doing.
Step 4:
Matching
In this step, you are shown your recommended child through their profile so you get to know them. You are also given options on whether you want a child or an infant or if you want to adopt from a different country. Soon after you get to meet the child, the time period for this can be a couple of weeks or months, depending on where they're coming from.
Step 5:
Coming Home
This is the final step in the adoption process. Once you have chosen a child, you are to have regular visits with them so they can make a transition out of foster care. If the child is international, they will need travel visas and passports in order to come into Canada. In the early years it's recommended that you get involved with a support group to help your family adapt to life with a new member.
Some Reasons Why People Adopt:
How Common is Adoption in Today's Family?
Children are placed in homes that can financially and emotionally support them.
A homeless child is given a safe and loving home.
The process is done carefully to ensure the child is happy with their new family.
Open Adoption means, the birth parents can stay in contact with their child and their adopted family. This is beneficial for the child because with the birth parent being
Some women are not capable of giving birth due to medical reasons (ex. infertility).
Gay/lesbian couples are not capable of producing children so by adopting they can start a family.
Encourages diversity (if you're adopting internationally).
Gives children (that need it) a good home.
The adoption rate in Canada but over the years, adoption has become more accepting in today's society. However, most children these days are in foster care rather than being put up for adoption. We see lots of celebrities adopting multiple children from all over the world, for example, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Hugh Jackman and more. This makes us think that there are a lot more adopted families than there actually are. This also means that adopted families are more accepted in today's society, most adopted parents aren't hiding the fact that they're adopted from their child anymore.
Costs:
Domestic Adoption: $5,000 - $20,000+
International Adoption: $15,000 - $50,000+
a part of their life, the child doesn't have to worry about not knowing who their parents are and why they were put up for adoption.
Adopted children have a better understanding of self.
The majority of children develop strong bonds with their adopted family and relationships that can last a life time.
Most of the negative effects an adopted person might experiences are emotional. For example:
depression
anxiety
loneliness
abandonment
trust issues
suicidal thoughts
mental health issues
Positive Experience:
"My parents were very open about the adoption and always framed it for my brother and I in a positive way. I believe that adoptive parents play a vital part in helping an adopted child to develop a positive identity and self-image. My family is just as real as any other family, and the bond is just as strong, regardless of the lack of biological ties."

Negative Experience:
"I was told by my adoptive parents that I was special - I did not feel special, I felt different."
The child could have problems bonding with the family, attachment disorders, start lying, stealing, and acts of violence. Some adopted people say that they've felt like they didn't belonged in the family that adopted them. That leads to the child having negative thoughts about themselves, it makes them think they'll never fit into their adopted family or that they were just "bought". This effects can last their whole life.
Everyone has a different story...
"I felt different from my brother and sisters who had not been adopted. I felt as though I was welcomed, but didn't really belong."
Are you surprised by this? Why or why not?
By: Caitlin Hamm
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