Fertile people adopting?

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  1. LuvinLucifer

    LuvinLucifer Mouseketeer

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    I'm not sure why they should be treated any differently than straight women. It's practically as easy for them to get pregnant.
     
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  3. LuvinLucifer

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    Because there aren't many babies who need loving homes. There are older children with special challenges. I wouldn't feel safe bringing a troubled teenager into my home, and I don't have the resources to raise a child with severe FAS. Little Orphan Annie isn't a good reflection of adopting from the state today.
     
  4. wilkeliza

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    My DBF is adopted even though both of his parents were fertile at the time of adoption. They chose adoption because of 3 reasons. His mom was in her 40s already when he was adopted so they were afraid something would go wrong and he might have medical problems. There was concern for the potential of tay-sachs desease if they were to have a biological child because the father is of the Jewish heritage that carries tay-sachs. Finally they also wanted to be guaranteed a boy. They both have 2 daughters from their previous marriages so to guarantee themselves a boy and thus the hair to the family estate they didn't have at that point they choose to adopt.

    To people that say they are worried about being pregnant because of what it does to your body I don't get that argument. I've never met a fit woman who gets pregnant and then goes back to her daily exercise routine who curses their children for what they did to their body. If a baby changes your perfect body so much that you can't get it back age will do the same thing. If it isn't stretch marks now it will be wrinkles later that changes it. I'm only wondering about this argument because I want to know where this idea that once you have babies you can't get back to your pre-baby self comes from.
     
  5. ashley0139

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    I didn't say babies, I said children. And believe me, I've done my research. I understand what adoption (domestic or international) entails. I just cannot understand the sentiment "oh but don't you want one that looks like you?" In my having a child process, the fact that a biological child may possibly look like me would never be an enticement or deciding factor. I know people say it's human nature and ego to want to see your features passed on. I just don't get it. I feel like that's just as bad a reason to have biological children as not wanting your body to change is a reason to adopt.
     
  6. Wishing on a star

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    I have been in a position to know a little about adoption and adoption-issues.

    IMHO, any woman who would make the statement about 'ruining their body' would/should not be considered an appropriate adoptive parent.

    Period...
    End of story...

    It is NOT about whether this woman is able to carry a child.
    There is no 'discrimination' card to be played here.

    IMHO, it is all about whether this woman is considered fit to be a parent to an adopted child.

    Being a parent, under any circumstances, can be the hardest thing one ever faces in life. Adopting an innocent young child, means putting something besides one's shallow, narcissistic, desires FIRST. And this would be point-one when an agency decides whether a woman/couple meet the requirements necessary to be appropriate adoptive parents.
     
  7. soccerdad72

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    I don't fully understand why people seem to think that narcissism precludes someone from being a worthy parent. I really don't think the two are necessarily mutually exclusive.
     
  8. North of Mouse

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    :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 I *so* agree 100%
     
  9. akcire

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    My neighbors are lesbians they have 4 kids they didn't need to adopt. Sperm is for sale.
     
  10. DebbieB

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    I have a coworker who got pregnant intentionally but the whole time was so self concious of her body. If someone came in, she would not want to get up from behind her desk. She whined the whole time. I really think she's anorexic. That was 20 years ago and she is still bone thin. She did not have another child.
     
  11. North of Mouse

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    My mother lost more than one baby, had two very hard pregnancies (one was twins) and nearly died twice. It didn't stop me or my sisters from having children. There is not too many *desires* stronger IMO than when a woman wants to have a baby! ;) When (if) you reach that point, then you will not think of *what could happen* but will just want to get pregnant with your baby (this is saying that their is nothing medically wrong, of course). This opinion comes with lots of experiences. There will always be exceptions.


    Can't understand vanity/sacrifice of pregnancy discomfort, whatever, having a stronger pull than wanting to have your own baby, if you truly want one, but you say you feel that way, so guess there is. :sad2:

    Now that is the strangest excuse I have ever heard for not wanting your own biological child (the exception being a medical issue in you/family that would contradict it). There are lots of people (because of fertility issues/health) that their *only* option to have a child is to adopt (my dau. one). There is a *long* waiting list, so where do you see all these healthy infants to adopt? :confused3 If you are willing/can/desire an older child, or one with issues/special needs, etc. maybe that is true. They come with other *stresses* than pregnancy to deal with.
     
  12. luvmy3

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    You seem to have a real problem with a woman not wanting her own biological child. Maybe you should stay off threads about adoption.
     
  13. pansmermaidzlagoon

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    my DH used to work with a young man who was adopted for this very reason.

    the parents were very well to do. He was raised by the help and the parents were hands off and distant. Narcissism such as this can lead to so much more: not wanting to give up your way of life, not wanting to give up your social life, not wanting to give up your busy and prestigious career.

    this young man was terribly socially inept - at the very least. All the money and things/education they could buy him did not help him.

    I am not saying you give this type of possible parent an automatic no, necessarily. However, I do think they need to be looked at closely and not necessarily be put at the front of the list. JMHO.
     
  14. MrsDuck

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    I don't think that is fair at all...
     
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    ^Exactly what i was thinking ;0)
     
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    Life isn't fair.

    The title of the thread is 'Fertile people adopting?' To that I would say of course. Why not? I really don't think the reason why a person chooses not to get pregnant should be relevant. And being infertile does not automatically make someone more deserving or guarantee that they will make a good parent.

    IMO each case needs to be looked at individually.
     
  17. soccerdad72

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    ITA ::yes::
     
  18. Art 1

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    True, but the question here is about fertile people adopting, not making use of a sperm bank.
     
  19. OceanAnnie

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    I don't know about fertile people adopting as far as "fairness" to those that aren't fertile. I can see both sides to an extent. But I do lean more towards fairness to those that aren't fertile. They don't have a choice.

    Just my opinion.

    I do want to mention that not wanting to wreck your body (with pregnancy) is kind of a losing battle. Time will have an effect too. You can't stop that. "Not wanting to wreck your body", comes across as very superficial. If it was for medical reasons, I could see it. But just for looks? Not so much. That's just me. Seems like if you are that concerned about wrecking your body, you'd be the first to get it back in shape (hollywood). Anyway, a woman's body is meant to procreate.

    The whole wrecking your body thing reminds me of that saying, I forget how it goes exactly --- something like at the end of my life I want to look like I had the time of my life. I guess there is a range for defining ,"time of my life".
     
  20. FlightlessDuck

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    Regardless of her reasoning, it's ridiculous that an adoption agency won't help her because they don't think she's worthy because she is fertile.

    Would it be better if she said she didn't want to increase the population but wanted to parent a child in need of a family?
     
  21. Wishing on a star

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    Yes, IMHO, it would... very much so.

    I do not think that 'fertility' is the issue here, AT ALL.

    I believe that whether this woman is deemed sound/fit to be a parent is the issue here.
    She seems to have no interest in using her body, energy, etc... to meet the needs of a child. Which should always be first priority.
    She seems, only, to be looking for a child to meet her desires.

    If there are those here who do not understand adoption and the associated issues and processes.. then, maybe that is so.
    But, motivation and fitness to meet the needs of a child... However great that child's needs my end up being... that is very important.
    If this woman did, indeed, make that statement to somebody who is experienced in adoption, and is bound to look out for the child's best interests.
    She seems pretty much clueless.

    The very FIRST thing that one might get asked when they begin to pursue the official process of adoption is "Why.... and Why now..."
     

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