What Is Adoption? 30 Different Ways To Look At It. It’s hard to explain what adoption is to people who have never experienced it. And it’s equally hard to explain it to those who have. No matter who you speak to, whether it be an adoptive parent, a family hoping to adopt, a birthparent or an adoptee, everyone has a different way of looking at it. To mark National Adoption Awareness Month, we asked our Fans to complete the phrase “Adoption is…” And they did. Did they ever.