The vast majority of people who adopt children are married couples. However, more single men are opting to adopt children. Steven Arauz, who is a teacher in Florida, decided to adopt a child as a single man.
Steven adopted a 10-year-old boy named Quinton. Steven first met Quinton when he was a student in his class. Quinton was a troubled child. He had been in foster care since he was five-years-old. He was also overweight and suffered from anxiety. He also detested physical and emotional affection because he had no idea what love was.
Things were rocky when Steven first brought Quinton to his home. He did not do well in school and was destroying the apartment. Steven wanted to give up. He contacted the foster care agency and told them that he did not know if he could do it.
However, Quinton eventually got on the right track. He received counseling and his grades improves. Steven also put Quinton on a vegetarian diet, which helped him lose weight. Quinton told Steven that he loved him after three months.
Quinton’s parents had lost their rights, and Quinton was now available for adoption. However, Steven was not sure he could be a full-time parent. He was only 27 at the time and unmarried. Steven’s counselor pointed out that he would make a great parent because Quinton had made amazing progress in just a few months.
Steven officially adopted Quinton in 2016. Kathy Ledesma is the national project director of AdoptUSKids. She stated that bias in the child welfare system is one of the things that keeps single men from adopting. Many people believe that children need a mother more than they need a father. However, she stated that gender, national origin or ethnicity does not determine whether one will make a good parent.