First let me say: in this game, everyone is a winner. Why? Well, there are no physical prizes. Wait! Don’t walk away! Instead, everyone who plays (or, really, reads) will learn a little something! Learning is good. I try to learn something everyday, not necessarily about adoption but about life in general. So, I though I would help expand your knowledge about birth parents and their place in the adoption triad and process.
And, truth be told, I think I’ll make this a weekly occurrence! Learning things each week surely can’t hurt!
The preface of the game: I’ll present a question at the end of the post. You, the reader, are to avoid the temptation of opening another browser window and Googling for the answer. You are to put down your Very Best Guess in the comment. Even if you have absolutely no idea what the answer could be, offer up a guess. Feel free to comment back and forth with other commenting participants about their guess. Just keep things respectful, of course.
The following day, approximately 24 hours after posting, I will reveal the answer to the question in a new post along with further explanation behind the post and an invitation to discuss things further if people so desire. In the end, we’ll all learn something interesting and get involved in the learning process.
But really? No Googling! Cheaters don’t win in the long run. Ask the New England Patriots. (Oh, that was a low blow. But what can I say? I’m still salty that my team didn’t make it very far this year. Le sigh.)
Anyway! Enough football commentary! Let me ask this week’s question.
What percentage of adoptions are contested?
Remember that contested means that a biological parent (or other pertinent entity) attempts to legally fight the adoption based on the laws that govern their state. This could be an accusation of fraud or duress or a father whose rights were not respected in the relinquishment of the child. Contested does not mean overturned. Contested simply means “legally challenged.”
Please leave your answer in a comment below. No Googling. No asking your adoption statistics professor. Best guesses only. (If you happen to know the actual statistic because you’re a numbers geek like me, please refrain from posting until tomorrows answer, which will hit around 12:30pm EDT.) Thank you!