I have been meaning to write this post for quite some time but work hardly gave me any time to breathe, and I didn’t want to put a rushed post on this.
Two of my friends have recently adopted babies. While one already has a child of his own, he & his wife still wanted to adopt. The other friend & her husband have made a conscious decision not to have a child of their own and adopt two babies instead. Indian authorities made the adoption process quite cumbersome for them. They had to come down to India from England, where they live & work now, for six months and stay here before they were cleared to become adoptive parents. Obviously, it involved quitting their jobs. A couple less committed wouldn’t have stood the test.
Which brings me to the question...why are people so closed to the idea of adopting a child?
Most people, on being asked whether they would like to adopt a child, will say 'no'. I find their reason for not adopting extremely ridiculous...that they will not be able to do justice to the adopted kid, they’re not sure whether they’ll be able to love her/him as their own (if they have a child of their own too). But the sad truth is, most people want to have their own children so their lineage can continue, and not many people have a heart that’s big enough to love an adopted child as their own. That is the bare naked truth about adoption.
My question is that if everyone starts thinking that way, no children without biological parents or those who have been abandoned will get a home, love of parents and an emotionally & financially sound upbringing – which are as much their right as that of other more privileged kids. And if some people can do it, why can't others?
We might have come a long way in the evolutionary cycle, but we’re still quite petty as human beings.