Consider for a moment the following situation. A 28 year old woman finds out she is expecting her third child. She is single and the mother of a 10 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. She lives with her mother and works in the laundry department of the local hospital. Her mother has been helping her raise the two children but she is now 60 years old. Her father passed away when she was just a little girl and money has always been very tight for them. In addition, she has a history of broken relationships with men which has left her somewhat emotionally unstable. This pregnancy resulted from a brief affair with a member of the armed forces who was temporarily posted to the town where she lives. By the time she learns of her pregnancy he has already returned to his home base and there has been no further contact between them.
What Is Adoption?
Adoption is the legal means by which the child of one set of parents permanently becomes the child of another set of parents. Provision for adoption appears to have been made as far back as the earliest recorded histories. The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi establishes the existence of adoption practices more than 4,000 years ago. The Bible refers to adoption as does ancient Roman civil law, and the early Spaniards had an adoption law. In Canada every province has legislation regarding adoption.