Americans looking to adopt are often intimidated by the complexity of our country’s adoption process. A is 4 Adoption aims to reduce the stress and frustration for those adopting a child while also offering comprehensive birth mother help. Our total goal is to bring all parties together in a seamless, teamwork-oriented fashion that focuses on what is best for the child. Our domestic adoption program focuses on matching babies in need with the perfect parents. Unlike any adoption agency in California, our adoption center focuses only on the open adoption method for pairing children in need with eager parents. This style of adoption allows open communication and exchanging of information between the biological and adoptive parents. For many people, the concept of open adoption is a relatively new style that is now making headway in the American landscape. However, the core concept of this approach was more common in the olden days than many people might think!
Today, we’ll look into the history of open adoption and how it has brought us to today’s structuring.
Colonial adoptions consisted of a more casual process. Children were viewed as property and could be transferred simply by recording it on paper for record-keeping. Any adoptions that occurred were public domain, and all information about the process was likewise open to the public.
The 1800s in America was a time of rampant open adoption practices. Typically, biological and adoptive parents would have open communication during the adoption process, at least until the transference of guardianship was completed. The reason behind many adoption practices was economic. Children were utilized as apprentices for trades and crafts, providing a helping hand for the adoptive parents. Biological parents also benefitted to some degree or another from this arrangement. Having too many children or being a single mother were not attractive characteristics during this time. If a family could not afford to raise and feed their child, the adoption process was available to provide positive terms for both parties. The children at the heart of it, however, had no say in the proceedings.
The early 1900s can be seen as the time of climate change for adoption agencies. American culture of the time held a negative view on available children due to a few reasons. One big cause of stress was that ill behaviors were believed to be attributed to genetics, meaning that children who were born to unfit parents would very likely exhibit the same negative tendencies. If the parents were deviants it was believed the child would be an equal drain on society. Something was needed to grease the wheels for adoption!
Open adoption was starting to become replaced by strict closed adoption measures as early as the beginning of the 1920s. Adults considering adopting a baby were denied access to the birth parents or any medical records. This was done to increase the number of adoptions thanks to a lack of seemingly-detrimental background information. Social work during this time was a new field, where social workers were faced with becoming an authority in their field with little or no precedent to follow. Over the decades, these workers assumed the role of a third party professional, mediating between biological and adoptive families. With little structure or guidance, many social workers devised their own means for ensuring that the children in their charge were adopted, regardless of the level of honesty involved.
The history of adoption is a reflection of society throughout the decades. Next time, we’ll look into more causes behind the implementation of closed adoptions as well as the resurgence for making open adoptions common practice. Anyone looking for a Californian adoption agency will be more than pleased with the results from our adoption center. With a focus on benefiting all parties in a cared-for, safe manner, A is 4 Adoption strives to make a difference for those looking to adopt. Contact us today to see how we can help change your life!