Adoption is one of the greatest ways for loving responsible couples to give unwanted youth a happy home. As the number of children in the care of foster homes and orphanges grow, adoption is a vital way for children from broken homes as well as potential parents with a stable environment to become connected. As these families are formed, not only is it important to learn new heritage, but also it is equally important for adoptive children to be informed of their biological heritage as well.
Adoptive parents have an obligation to diclose all pertinent information to their adoptive children, to include the identity of their birth parents. As children grow and develop, the desire and curiosity for them to know their biological parents will also grow. Questions concerning the origin of their eye color, hair color and their looks in general almost always arise. Curiosity of where children develop certain natural talents and interest never seem to be fully answered without a good knowledge of biological lineage.
This information is very important to every human being, including adoptive youth. No one should be denied the right to know everything that can be learned about themselves. As these adoptive children grow into mature and respectable adults, certain issues concerning health will usually begin to surface. Genetics play a big role in determining our physical and mental well-being. many preventable illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and anxiey may all be avoided if certain risk factors are addressed early in the adoptive child’s life.
Without a detailed and adequate knowledge of family health history, many individuals are subject to making critical health decisions such as dieting and stress management which can eventually result in disease and illness. It is imperative for everyone, especially adoptive children, to know his/her family history. It can drastically affect ones health both mentally and physically. Knowledge of family history also gives a person a sense of self and belonging that no other component can bring to a family unit.
It completes the vision of where one came from without limiting how far one can eventually go in life. Our society must not allow our youth to live in darkness and doubt about their biological background. We should never consciously withhold informatoin concerning the family history of any child, especially adoptive children. They have a right to know their biological parents and we, as prents, should have an obligation to tell and to expose them to a healthy, bright, and productive future!