It is very hard to pinpoint why people adopt but following are some of the obvious reasons.

Geniune love for children
Although it may sound a bit unrealistic, there are many couples that adopt children due to their love for young ones. Their love for children is so compelling that they adopt children, irrespective of whether they have natural heirs or not.

A couple with two or more children of the same sex
If a couple already has two boys, they may crave for a girl child or vice versa. With no control over the sex of a natural child, they fear trying again. But they find it much safer to go ahead and adopt a readymade child of the opposite sex. Some couples adopt children out of their specific choice of sex/gender of the child. They may even adopt two children of both the sexes and complete the family thus.

A couple with only one child
Sometimes the ‘only’ child is a very lonely child. However, a couple, especially the mother, may not have the energy to go through the entire process of pregnancy and childbirth to pander to the needs of this only-lonely child. It seems much simpler to adopt a second child and complete the family.

A single person who wants to experience parenthood
Miss Universe and film actress Sushmita Sen, is a single mother who adopted a child. As she puts it, – “this little girl needed a mom and I needed a child.” It can be as simple and beautiful as that. Not just celebrities, but also common people, who wish to remain single, adopt children, in order to experience the joys of parenthood.

Older couples who lose their children.
It is very traumatic for a couple to lose a child at the fag end oheref their life. Though medically it is not impossible for them to produce a child but the cost they have to pay in terms of health , if wealth is not considered. Failures sometimes make it a horrowing experience for them . Adopting a child at this stage can save them from the nightmare.

Adopting an older child
Some couples may not want to go through the grind of late nights and nappy changes. Therefore, they decide to adopt an older child. In this manner, they are saved from the physical stress and mental strain of raising an infant.

Currently, adoption in India is regulated by the Central Adoption Resource Authority. Click here to know more.