Share this article Share On social media, many have posted pictures of their newborns and asked what they need to do to make sure they are adopted.
But in this case, there are many who will ask you to help them adopt.
“We have many babies that are at the end of their tether, and we have many people who have children, and they are trying to find adoptive parents,” said Dr. Scott Miller, a pediatrician and director of the adoption program at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Orlando, Florida.
Miller said many of these children need the support of family members and friends to find new families.
“I think it’s a good time for people to think about adoption and the value of adoption, and how it can be used to make a positive difference,” he said.
Miller and other pediatricians have seen a dramatic increase in adoption requests, and he said there is a lot of work to be done to keep adoption rates high.
“The more you adopt, the more you need people to adopt, and the more people you adopt will mean more babies will be adopted,” he explained.
Adoption rates have declined since 2000, and have remained flat since 2015, according to a 2016 study.
That’s because of the rise of artificial insemination, in which embryos are implanted into surrogate mothers in hopes of boosting a baby’s chances of being adopted.
The process of creating the embryo, which is referred to as IVF, is much more complex and expensive than in vitro fertilization, which requires just a few cells to be placed in the uterus and the fertilized eggs to be implanted.
There are also concerns about the ethics of IVF and the possible impact on babies born to surrogate mothers.
Miller is optimistic that adoption rates will improve, and that this trend will continue as more people adopt.
But he warns that there is still a long way to go before adoption rates rise as fast as they have in the past.
“There’s still a lot more work to do in terms of adoption,” he noted.
“Adoption is not a magic wand.
It takes time and effort to get adoption, because adoption is a very personal decision,” he added.