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Is being adopted bad?

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There is nothing intrinsically negative about being adopted. While there can be negative feelings associated with being an adopted child or negative events that may have led to a child being placed with an adoptive family, the fact that a child has been adopted is not bad.

Adoptions happen for many reasons, and approximately 250,000 adoptions have taken place in the last 14 years in the United States. Some families choose to adopt due to being unable to conceive a child on their own, but most do so out of a desire to provide a permanent home to a child in need. Likewise, as many as 88 percent of children who are adopted exhibit overall positive social behaviors. Fortunately, approximately 51 percent of children who enter foster care are eventually able to return to their parent or primary caregiver. Of the remainder of those children in foster care, as many as 21 percent are adopted. The good news is that most adopted children end up leading healthy and normal lives, and while their worldview is definitely impacted by the knowledge that they were adopted, it is not necessarily a negative impact. Sadly, some children are never adopted and may end up aging out of the foster system, which can have negative repercussions later in their adult lives.

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    How can a person obtain adoption records?

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    Adoption records are confidential, and each individual state has control over access to the records. States close adoption records to the general public, and those requesting access must get court approval or have mutual consent from all involved in the adoption process.

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    How can I find my birth mother?

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    To find your birth mother, you will need to know the name of your adoption agency, your birth mother's name and age, your birth date, the name of the county you were born in, and the name of the hospital you were born in. Some of this information is public record, but you might need help gathering all of the information you need.

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    How can you adopt a toddler?

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    Individuals and couples wanting to become the parent of a toddler through adoption have several options, including adopting through an agency. Working with an agency gives the prospective parents the option of international or domestic adoption. A third option is to adopt through the foster care program.

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    How much money do foster parents get?

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    According to a 2012 national survey, the minimum per diem for foster parents in Wisconsin is $7.23, while the maximum in Ohio is $200.00. While they don’t all differ quite that much, there is a noticeable range. Aside from Ohio’s special needs spike, the maximum tends to be between $20 and $40.

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