NOT including adoption... what percentage do you think is being raised by someone who isn't their parent?
They were either born to a young mother and raised as her sibling by the grandparents (13 year old gives birth, grandparents raise as own child)
They were switched at the hospital
Most Helpful Guy
I'd say about 5%. I recall hearing that in the 50s through the 70s high school biology classes had lab experiments about using blood type to show heredity. They stopped doing this because it showed that usually about one kid in each class on an average was being raised by a man who isn't his biological father.
As for women raising children who they believe to be theirs but are not, that is much rarer. That is almost always due to a mix up at the hospital, and in today's technology that's highly unlikely to happen.
However, if you've been raising a child for more than a year and it turns out that child isn't biologically your offspring, I still think it's yours. Presumably you love that child, you've bonded with that child, so why would its genes make it somehow not yours? I believe what makes a parent a parent are the values the parent instills, the lessons the parent teaches, and the love the parent feels.. If I found out my wife cheated on me and the child I was raising isn't biologically my own, I would be furious at my wife, but still love my child (notice I refer to it as "my child," because it is mine) very much. I'd be furious at the biological father if he knew my wife was married to me, but I would feel love for my child. If the biological father attempted to gain custody of my child (his biological offspring), I'd tell it's not his child, it's mine, and go to hell.0
Most Helpful Girl
Maybe 4-6%? Who knows? I think sometimes it could be better that an adopted child does NOT know they are adopted. I read about an adopted female child who became a criminal after finding out that her biological father was a mafia boss. Before she knew she always adored her adopted parents and lived a good and law abiding life.2