Inside Adoption


Adoption is defined as legally taking one’s child and bringing it up as ones own, but it is a lot more than that. Many wonder what it is like to grow up knowing you are not related to your parents. Well, Marina O’Neill, was adopted from China just after her first birthday, uncovers the life of being an adopted child.

“I was abandoned in a marketplace,” junior Marina O’Neill said. “I came with a bag of shrimp crisps, it was a gift,”

In China, some regions, can only have one child per family and they usually want a boy to carry on the family name.

“There is a lot of paper work, and they do a huge back round check. Then my parents got to go get me” O’Neill said.

There is a long process to go through with adoption. First one must choose a licensed adoption service then apply to be found legible. They come in and check to see if the house is a suitable environment. They also do a big background check, to make sure that the person not a criminal, and then they are referred to a child. Finally, they get to fly out and get their child.

“I remember a lot of noise,” O’Neill said,

“I thought about trying to find my family as I got older but it just doesn’t seem necessary” O’Neill said.

“It’s never been a big deal, being adopted because my sibling was adopted too” O’Neill said.

O’Neill plays the flute, and she is taking Chinese. She says that one of the things people ask her when she tells them she’s adopted is, “Do you speak Chinese?”  People also ask her what ethnicity her parents are, they are Irish.

“I have a lot of an easier life here, who knows where I would be if I wasn’t adopted,” O’Neill said,

“It’s hasn’t ever been an issue” Says O’Neill’s longtime friend junior Sarah Spencer. “She doesn’t see herself as different, so I don’t view her any different.”

Not having the same blood as your parents does not mean that they love you any less. Sometimes, your parent is not the person who gives birth to you, it’s the person who raises you.


Story By Kaylee Roumas

Photo By Eden Fitzgibbons