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Emiliy Schacht-Persuasive Essay

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Emily Schacht

Dr. C. Pfeifer

English 4-Set 4

15 October 2012



                                             Adoption



       Imagine you are a child or young adult, always wondering why you look the way you do.

Why your eyes are brown and your hair is red and curly. Or why your skin color is different from

everyone in your family? These are common thoughts of some adopted children. These and

many other questions could be answered if adoptees had the right to meet their biological parents

it they wished. All adopted children should be allowed to meet their biological parents and know

exactly where they came from.

       One reason children should be allowed to meet the biological parents is for medical

answers. Adoption forms often list different family diseases but others come out during

conversations. Things such as allergies, A.D.D, and vision problems are often inherited. Not

everyone would agree because they may feel these are minor issues and most major medical

issues are often listed. None the less, knowing family history is very important. (Garcia,

Monique, and Bonnie.)

       The second reason is probably most important to younger children. Most kids like to

know where they got their physical appearance and traits. Sometimes seeing biological family

members can help them see where their physical traits came from.
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       The third reason is heritage. The child coming from Russia would like to know her

Russian heritage. Or a child coming from Africa may want to know why his/her skin is a

different color than the rest of her family’s skin. Heritage is just as important as environment.

Some people would argue that environment is what really matters. But heritage and environment

is very important. (Jost.)

       The fourth and final reason is simple. A child needs to know that the biological parent or

parents wanted the best for him/her. They loved them enough to give them a better life with a

family that would love and care for them and give them the very best.

       When researching for this paper the researcher surveyed many high school students to see

what their opinions were about adoption and whether children should be given the opportunity to

meet their biological parents if they wanted. Most of the students surveyed said that they would

want the chance and opportunity to meet their biological parents. (Schacht.)

       To help adopted children find out about their medical history, their physical appearances,

and their heritage they should be allowed to meet their biological parents if they so choose. Give

them a complete picture of who they are and give them a sense of belonging and let them know

they are loved by all sides of their family.
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Thesis: All adopted children should be allowed to meet their biological parents and know exactly where
they came from.

   I.      Introduction
           A. Imagine wondering where you got your looks.
           B. The adoptees have the right to meet their parents under the right circumstances.
           C. The adoptees have a right to meet their biological parents if they want. It should be
               their choice to meet the parents or not. It could be helpful for social and medical
               reasons.

   II.     2nd Section-Medical Reasons
           A. History and family diseases
           B. Medical history is important no matter what
           C. Not everyone believes that
           D. It is helpful

   III.    3rd Section- Physical Appearance
           A. Height, hair and eye color
           B. Most kids like to know
           C. Some kids look like adoptive parents so it doesn’t matter
           D. Not everyone thinks that

   IV.     4th Section- Heritage
           A. Good to know where they came from
           B. Most kids like to know their heritage
           C. Heritage doesn’t matter as much as environment
           D. Both are important

   V.      5th Section- Love
           A. A child’s need for love
           B. A sense of belonging
           C. Not every adoption is based on the biological parent’s love for the child

   VI.     Conclusion
           A. All adopted children should be allowed to meet their biological parents
           B. Good to know medical history, physical appearance, and heritage
           C. Give a child the right to have a complete history and picture of his/her background
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                                            Works Cited



"At Issue: Parentage, Right to Know." ProQuest LLC. 2011: n.pag. SIRS Researcher. Web. 18 May

           2011.

Jost, Kenneth. "Children's Legal Rights." CQ Researcher. 23 Apr 1993: 339-354. SIRS Researcher.

           Web. 18 May 2011.

Garcia, Monique, and Bonnie Miller Rubin. "Adoptees Get to See Birth Certificates."

           Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL). 22 May 2010: 1. SIRS Researcher. Web. 18 May 2011.

Schacht, Emily. Personal Research. “Adoption”. 2011
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Adoption                                        Yes No Total              %Yes %No
Would you want to know who your parents were?     34   3            37         92%        8%
Would you want to meet your parents?              24   4            28         86%       14%
Should kids have the opportunity?                 37   0            37        100%        0%



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                                                           Would you want to know who
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                                                           your parents were?

      20                                                   Would you want to meet your
                                                           parents?
      15                                                   Should kids have the
                                                           opportunity?
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             Yes      No       Total    %Yes     %No

								
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