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Do You Care Which Gender The Child Is That You Adopt?

Do You Care Which Gender The Child Is That You Adopt?

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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