Without a doubt, people consider adoption for reasons that are unique and personal to them. Maybe someone was adopted as a child, for instance, and they love that their adoptive parents worked so hard to create a wonderful life for them. Now they want to adopt a child so that they can pass that on and have the same special bond.

However, it is also helpful to consider some of the major reasons that people consider adoption, reasons that are not as personal and apply to thousands of cases. This can shed some light on the process and the factors that people need to consider. With that in mind, here are the top four reasons Americans said in a recent survey that they were thinking about adopting.

  1. Providing for a child who needs a home (56%). By far and away, this is the main reason that people cite, showing that they simply have a heart for children without a stable home life, and they want to solve it.
  2. Addressing overpopulation (18%). These are people who typically want to have children, but they’re conscious of the growing world population. They see adoption as a way to start a family without actually adding to that population.
  3. Infertility concerns (12%). The reality is simply that some individuals who would love to start a family are unable to have children on their own. For them, adoption is another way to fulfill that dream and bring a child into their life.
  4. Other barriers to conception (12%). Infertility is not the only reason couples do not conceive, but the reasoning here is the same: They still want to start a family and adoption makes it possible.

Naturally, there are also cases where multiple factors play into it. Someone may think that the world is overpopulated and may be conscious of how overpopulation can lead to poverty and children in need. They see adoption as a chance to address both issues at the same time. It gives them a unique opportunity and they can’t wait to make it a reality.

No matter why you are thinking about adoption, it’s important to understand exactly what legal steps to take. This can be a long and complex process, and having an experienced team on your side may make everything go smoothly.