Without single parents such as Young, those numbers would be exponentially higher."The children in government care do not have a lot of choices," said Adam Pertman, executive director of the New York-based Evan B.Having one parent means fewer relationships to negotiate."When kids are trying to get their needs met," Petrey said, "they can be very hard on an adoptive family."Part of this is a function of the changing view of women and their role," said Carol Williams Spigner, an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Work.But that doesn't mean there aren't concerns, especially with single parents who adopt multiple children, though such adoptions are still rare.Even Terry Elizondo , the court-appointed attorney for the seven children left in Africa, said the Liggins case shouldn't reflect on all single-parent adoptions.
The strength of that support system is part of the pre-adoption study that also involves home visits, interviews and background checks.
She works part time at a friend's day care when the children are in school.
She tries to make all their after-school activities, running from soccer games to musical performances.
The national trend is the same with 30 percent of the parents adopting foster children in 2001 being single women.
Only 2 percent were single men, 67 percent were married couples and 1 percent were unmarried couples.
And all the research shows that those children are better off in loving homes with parents — or a parent — than they would be in government care, period." But as the nation's foster care system relies more heavily on single parents, the case of Mercury Denise Liggins, the adoptive mother of seven children stranded in a Nigerian orphanage, raises the concern: How many is too many, particularly when the adopting parent is single?