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do people really think adoption is the hassle-free version of giving birth

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Kewcumber Sun 12-Aug-07 19:54:29

I was startled (and amused) to read on a thread "why not just adopt and save the hassle of going through childbirth so she can just get on with her life quicker"

Am I so surrounded by people who understand how hard adoption is that I have lost touch with the fact that some people might think it is the hassle-free option? Of course physically it isn't as tough and I don't have a biologically produced child to compare my experiences to, but if my adoption experience really is the hassle-free version of having children, God help those of you who give birth!!!

GoingThroughChanges Sun 12-Aug-07 19:57:30

I think sometimes people speak without thinking.

Adoption is a very hard process (as you well know) and is by no means the easy way out.

No-one can just "get on with their life" whether they give birth or adopt, their life changes forever!

bran Sun 12-Aug-07 19:58:26

<snigger> Only last week the receptionist in our office said that she would like to adopt. I asked why and she said she was afraid of giving birth so adopting would be easier. I think she probably changed her mind after about 20 mins of my adoption story.

To be fair though, the only actual physical pain in adopting comes from repeatedly banging your head against a brick wall to try and numb the intense frustration/anger at the whole process.

foxinsocks Sun 12-Aug-07 19:58:51

I thought you knew Kew. You just go along to the adoption agency, tick a few boxes (what hair colour, eye colour, height etc. that you want), get back in your car and they deliver exactly what you ordered straight to you. A bit like a drive through.

Or perhaps that's what they think. In which case, they've not been inhabiting the same world as everyone else .

aloha Sun 12-Aug-07 19:59:09

Really? What an odd comment!

meandmyflyingmachine Sun 12-Aug-07 19:59:45

Well, poeple do say daft things. I used to say I would like twins to get it all over and done with in one go.

And then I had one.

stleger Sun 12-Aug-07 20:03:48

I had 'counselling' when having trouble ttc. My counsellor was about 2 sizes bigger than me - me being size 12. She did voice the opinion that adoption was good in that it meant women didn't have to lose their figures....

Bluestocking Sun 12-Aug-07 20:05:27

There's a great piece here about adoption. I'd be really interested to know what other adoptive parents think about it - it was written by a pal of mine.

Kewcumber Sun 12-Aug-07 20:06:04

I understand that people talk (and post) wihout thinking but often it is what they actually think. (And I'm not trying to have a pop at the person who posted it) I have just obviously been living in a slightly cloistered world that there are genuinely people who think it is that simple.

It really did make me laugh though that comment. I had to wipe away a tear

Califrau Sun 12-Aug-07 20:07:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

meandmyflyingmachine Sun 12-Aug-07 20:08:40

I think certain high profile adoptions have bolstered that opinion.

And we only see media reports of those as well...

GrandMasterHumphreyLyttelton Sun 12-Aug-07 20:11:54

foxinsocks, now I am reminded of Pam Ayers Baby Shop poem.

aloha Sun 12-Aug-07 20:12:23

I'd like to buy a baby in a baby shop...sigh.

Kewcumber Sun 12-Aug-07 20:12:43

bluestocking - its a very good piece (though I do glaze over at the Catholic bits). I think what most non-adopters never have to face up to is the point your friend makes about loss. You "inherit" a child who has suffered "a loss nothing can make up for". I am acutely aware that DS will have to learn to live with a loss in his life that few have to deal with. It adds a dimension to parenting which only other adopters understand and I'm sure makes the teenage struggle to work out who you are that bit harder.

Having said that - it is an incredible priviledge to be allowed to parent another persons child. It feels like a bond of trust I have with his birth mother to do my best for him. Corny!

motherinferior Sun 12-Aug-07 20:14:18

Interesting piece, Bluestocking.

Spockle Sun 12-Aug-07 20:15:17

Not corny, very beautiful and inspiring.
If we had gone to a baby shop, I wonder if we'd have ended up with ones like we've got?! I bet they'd sell out of the toilet trained ones first.

Kewcumber Sun 12-Aug-07 20:16:08

oh I'd forgotten about that poem.. must look it up.

And the problem even with the high profile cases is that theyare generally (always) American and the system is easier (honestly Califrau!) and often misreported. Angelina olies adoption agency released a press release explaining how she didn't "choose" the child (she was accused in the press of choosing the pretty ones), she was sent one referral which she accepted - but IIRC not a single paper ran that - not such a good story. (Not that I would use Ang as an adoption beacon of good practice!)

motherinferior Sun 12-Aug-07 20:16:41

I think that lack of understanding, Kewcumber, is the primary reason why so many people can't understand why it is in practice so hard to adopt. There's this myth of millions of children stuck in Victorian orphanage-style foster homes (leaving aside the whole issue of the care system, which is often deeply inadequate but which also is predicated on the basis that children in care are not changing family) and hampered by PC red tape when surely they should just be let loose to meet the millions of potential parents out there.

And don't get me started on the anti-abortion lobby....

seanbon Sun 12-Aug-07 20:17:18

Was talking to a woman yesterday who has two sons and she was rabbiting on about how she'd love a girl but having had two boys there was a good chance that her third child would be a boy. Then she says"i suppose i could adopt a girl..theres always that option....."

expatinscotland Sun 12-Aug-07 20:17:36

How could anyone think that?

Bluestocking Sun 12-Aug-07 20:17:57

The Catholic thing - it's a weird one - I am a hardcore atheist and she is a hardcore Catholic - but we adore each other and agree to differ. We've known each other for twenty years and have become very proficient at staying away from the hotspots. But I do remember when she used to maintain that everyone should adopt a baby before having a homegrown one, and I also remember knowing perfectly well even then that I would never have the fibre to be able to adopt. I think adoption takes a very, very special person, and I salute you.

3andnomore Sun 12-Aug-07 20:19:11

I have read the message that you are on about, and even though I have no experience of adoption myself, I do realise that it is certainly not the hassle free way, if anything it is a more difficult way. As far as I am aware people that want to adopt are being checked through and checked through and have to comply in so many ways, etc....it really isn't fair, if you consider that when physically you are able to have Kids you can have as many as you want , even if you are a completely unsuitable person to have them....if anything, that is unfair.
It's weird really, you need to have a drivinglicence to drive a car, but in reality just about anyone can have Kids if they fall pg....

motherinferior Sun 12-Aug-07 20:19:41

I really don't think I'd be up to adopting - I have a huge admiration for people who do.

I know a woman whose two kids are adopted. When she and her husband were adopting, they were four and six, and their birth mother had another baby. They made the enormously courageous decision not to adopt the newborn because their priorities had to be with their own children, the two they were adopting and whom they knew they'd have to support and work with a lot. I am in awe, frankly.

Kewcumber Sun 12-Aug-07 20:20:59

Relatively few people in the UK adopt for social welfare reasons. Mostly we could it because we couldn't have a family any other way. Its doesnt make us particularly special tbh. You do have to be extraordinary stubborn though, unreasonably singleminded and perhaps more than a little contrary.

Discovering that all sorts of people suddenly have a right to investigate your life and have an opinion on it is a bit of a shock though.

3andnomore Sun 12-Aug-07 20:21:54

I just realised that that could come acros as really harsh , and I hope you know what I mean.
I know for sure that I could not adopt a child...I am not a great enough person, if that amkes sense....like someone else said already it does take a very special person to adopt.

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