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Re: “She's 63 and Just Got Adopted Into One Bigger, Happy Family

Hi! I'm an adoptee and I know a fair bit about adoption. I'm confused by your line that "unlike child adoptions," adults all have equal say in the process. Maybe this isn't true in Vermont (I've only lived here for about 3 years), but in most cases, when a child reaches the age of 12, the court equally weights their desires along with the adopting parents. Once a child in foster care reaches a certain age, they are given agency to accept or reject an adoption if they choose to. A lot of kids who "age out" do so because they chose to.

Infants and young children don't get a say in adoption proceedings, but older children who can articulate clearly and reasonably often DO get a say. It's rather misleading to say that ALL child adoption works that way.

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Posted by bekhenson on 04/04/2019 at 3:38 PM

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