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Adoption should be for the right reasons, not a PR stunt

There are a lot of reasons why people choose to adopt. Sometimes it's because the couple is infertile or they are unable to have children because they are the same sex but want to start a family none the less. In other cases, the couple may already have children of their own and simply want to offer up their home to children who do not have one.

Whether it's a domestic adoption or an international one, most reasons for adopting are well intended and the process of taking someone else's child into your home is seen as a good thing by most people. But something celebrity Kim Kardashian recently said on her television show perfectly illustrates that sometimes a person may choose to adopt for the wrong reasons.

The statement made by Kim came after her trip to an orphanage in Thailand. After meeting a 12-year-old girl in the orphanage, she is quoted as saying, "I literally cannot stop thinking about her [...] I told Kanye, I was like, 'Honestly, this girl is so sweet and so cute, I would totally adopt her.'" Although Kim may not have been wholeheartedly serious about considering adoption, her statement may have ruffled a few feathers, especially of those who believe she would not be doing it for the right reasons.

While some of our Florida readers may care little about the musings of Kim Kardashian, her statement raises an important question: do most adoptions happen because people want to provide a home for a child in need or do they sometimes boil down to publicity stunts?

It's a difficult question to answer because the nation and our readers here in Brandon hear so much about unpleasant adoptions or the ones that don't work out. Hardly ever do we hear about the ones that go well. It's the presence of these negative cases that generally spoils the entire reputation of adoption.

Though it's worth noting that some people may adopt for the wrong reasons, this is certainly not the standard for all adoptions. Some adoptions are carefully considered before the process even begins. Some are even watched over by an experienced attorney who makes sure that the process not only goes smoothly but is being done for the right reasons as well.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Is Adoption Good? Rick Warren Meets Kim Kardashian," Frank Ligtvoet, Sept. 25, 2014

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