That age-old platitude about blood being thicker than water claims that bonds between blood relations are always stronger than those between unrelated people. But do people really have to be blood-related to be considered family? Do you have to be blood-related to a child to be considered a parent? The answer, of course, is no. Parents who have adopted children will tell you that they love their kids just as much as birth parents love their children.
A successful adoption is an act of kindness that benefits all the people involved. Aside from creating a family for a couple who are unable to produce or opt not to have their own offspring, it also helps the birth parents and the adopted child as well. Adoption lends a hand to a biological parent who might not be able to perform his or her duty as a parent because of physical, emotional, or economic incapacity. It also helps ensure that a child who would otherwise have no option but to live in an orphanage or on the streets will have a loving home and a bright future.
Adoption as defined by law The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) defines adoption as “a socio-legal process of providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily relinquished parental authority over the child.”
The DSWD makes it clear that adoptive parents have the same responsibilities as biological parents. Adoption provides the same mutual rights and obligations that exist between children and their biological parents, and the state will exert all efforts to make sure that the placement is suitable and presents no hazard to the child’s growth and development.
What adoption does According to DSWD, the adoption process creates the following conditions:
Adoption dissolves all legal ties between the biological parents and the adoptee, unless when the biological parent is the spouse of the adopter.
The adoptee becomes the legitimate child of the adopter.
Adoption creates reciprocal rights and obligations for the adopter and the adoptee, including a right for the adopter to choose a name for the adoptee and a right of the adopter and the adoptee to be legal and compulsory heirs of each other.