By now we're all accustomed to the news of celebrity mothers adopting babies. So it comes as no surprise that Patti Stanger says she wants to adopt. What's a little surprising here is that the Millionaire Matchmaker says she doesn't want to adopt a newborn. Said the Bravo star:
I’d like to adopt an older child, maybe 5 years old.
Okay, that's not exactly a teenager -- they need homes too -- but it's something. Lots of non-infants need parents and there are less people who want to adopt them.
Patti also added that she would prefer to adopt a child who was born in America rather than one born overseas. Patti, who is 51 and now dating a single dad, says she would love to be a step-mom and then add to the family with an adopted toddler.
While there are always older children who need adoptions, people can be less likely to seek them out because they want the experience of having a baby. Yeah, they actually WANT the changing of the diapers, the crying all night long, the teething, the terrible twos. Additionally, it can somewhat easier to bond with a newborn. Older children, depending where they can from and under what circumstances, can be somewhat more traumatized and perhaps harder to integrate into a family. But it has been done.
Madonna adopted Malawai orphan Mercy when she was 3-years-old. Pax Thien was also 3 when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt adopted him from Vietnam. Jillian Michaels new daughter, Lukensia, is two. But as old as 5 would be a relatively rare age for a child to be adopted, at least in celebrity circles.
I love the idea of adopting an older child. Personally, I think it would be awesome to be able to carry on a conversation with a kid immediately -- provided he or she spoke English, of course.
So good for Patti. Of course, only time will tell if this happens.
What do you think about adopting older children?
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