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Some Kids Don't Have Moms, Need to be Adopted

If you've been following our blog, you'll know how we discussed the latest in the "mommy wars" saga last week when we discussed the Time Magazine cover on attachment parenting.

This week, an interesting Huffington Post article on the mommy wars talks about the one most important issue in parenting -- the fact that some children don't have any parents at all.

So let's continue the discussion on adoption.

Adoption is the legal process where the adoptive parents assume the rights and duties of the birth parents of the adopted child.

For some children, it's the best option. There are many children in Atlanta alone that are in desperate need of a parent. And there are many adults who are desperately trying to adopt.

But not every willing parent in Georgia can adopt. In order to petition the court to adopt a child, the prospective parent needs to be at least 25 years of age or needs to be living with his or her spouse.

The person petitioning for adoption must also be at least ten years older than the child they are seeking to adopt.

Of course, finances come into play. The person seeking to be an adoptive parent must be in the financial position to support a child. The prospective parent must also be mentally and physically able to care for the child.

Adoption is the type of thing that can be handled by a family law attorney. It's full of legal technicalities and complications so it's always advisable to go through the right legal avenues when trying to adopt.

So the next time you hear of more "mommy wars," take a cue from the Huffington Post piece and remember that while parents differ in their philosophies on attachment parenting and other parental issues, there are some children who don't have parents and would so love to have someone who cares enough to argue about how best to raise a child.

But there is something that can be done about that.

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