However, times have changed, and today children can be raised in single-parent families, by grandparents, foster parents, stepparents, or other parenting figures—all this is due to the procedure of adoption, which has become common worldwide.
However, the occurrence of adoption has a number of features that distinguish it from a simple residence of a child in a family.
Adoption is a way to provide parenting care to children whose biological mothers and fathers have no opportunities or wish to take care of them.
It is a procedure that establishes a lifelong legally-recognized relationship between an adoptive parent and a child.
The pursuit of international adoption has increased with fervor, but is also matched up with greater regulation and requirements that need to be met.
I think that discussing how some parts of the world still hold adoption in a light that is not concurrent with the wider embrace of it might be another area to address.
Others do not want to pass a certain genetic problem onto other generations, and some have medical problems that would make the pregnancy more difficult than usual, or even harmful to the mother's health.
These types of adoptive parents are called preferential adopters (Adamec, 18-19).
Sometimes it has to do with infertility and couples decide to adopt children because, "I could not have biological children and I do not believe in some methods of fertility treatments (Carney)," but there are other reasons too.
According to Christine Adamec, some people think that it is better to adopt than to bring another child into the world.