Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Adopted vs. Biological

Why does the U.S. Government, via the Census, need to know whether my son is my adopted son or my biological son?  I know, I know.  They use it to determine funding for different programs. Perhaps they'll use it to decide whether to extend the Adoption Tax Credit.  

Even though I know why they ask, it still bugs me somehow. 

10 comments:

Mandy @ The Party of 3 said...

I know! I blogged about this too! Unreal!! It really bugged me!

Jessica said...

So funny - that is the first thing I noticed and it bothered me instantly. I understand it is useful for some reason but I wondered if I was the only person in the world that was momentarily annoyed by it.

Wendy said...

Same here!!!!! I wondered the same thing!

myhopefulheart said...

That bugged me too. Why does there have to be a distinction? A son is a son! Glad I'm not the only one.

Lost in Space said...

I hope it is for the adoption tax credit because I see no other relevance for that question. I would be irked too.

niobe said...

I felt exactly the same way.

Maureen said...

just so you know, this will never not bug you! my dh is 31, was adopted @ 9wks by his parents, and my mil (who lives with us) got her panties all in a knot when she saw that!!!

TXMom2B said...

I know!!! I'm so glad someone wrote about this. I was so tempted to just say he is my son, period. However, I like knowing how many thousands of other kids share that with him so I just checked the box I was supposed to.

Me said...

I totally understand why this bugs you but remember, it only has THAT kind of meaning if you let it. This is just Census information - there is no judgement attached.

Ms. J said...

AMEN! I actually posted about this on my blog two Fridays ago.

There are a slew of other agencies that gather this data so I don't buy their excuse for needing it on the census. It hurt.

Besides, considering both her father and I are listed as WHITE and she as Chinese it should be obvious. Though it wouldn't be the case for all families expanded by adoption.