How many expectant mothers do you think get asked whether they want a boy or a girl? The answer is a lot! How many expectant mothers do you think to have a gender preference? The answer is a lot! And this is interesting because there’s no possibility that they can actually make that choice. Now consider the interesting phenomenon of gender preference from a different angle. How many adoptive parents do you think to have gender preferences?
If you think that most adoptive parents don’t have gender preferences – you’d be wrong. Most adoptive parents have definite gender preferences: girls.
Statistically speaking, 75-80% of adoptive parents that are given a choice prefer to adopt a girl.
Why Do Adoptive Parents Prefer Girls?
- Generally speaking, many women prefer to parent girls (for a multitude of spoken and unspoken reasons). Since women are often the driving force behind the adoption process, this could be one factor.
- Research indicates that many women think that their husband is more comfortable raising a girl. While this perception may not be accurate, it is another factor to consider.
- Girls are very fun to dress up. While this is in no way monumental or life-altering, it is something that mothers look forward to and may subconsciously take into consideration when making gender preference decisions.
- The “boys are scary” myth is another factor that leads to the popularity of girls amongst adoptive parents. Male teens have a negative image in modern society and parents considering adoption may have this in mind when they are designating gender preferences.
These are just a few “reasons” experts have considered as factors behind the popularity of girls amongst adoptive parents, but the list is nowhere near exhaustive.