Ideas for adopting children in Paralives
I usually try not to make threads with ideas for the game since we’re so far off from them talking about gameplay, but this idea really hit me and I wanted to make a thread for it before I forgot about it.
I wanted to talk about the idea of adopting children within the game. I don’t know how much of a priority this would be to make it into the initial release of the game (I’m not sure if it’s been confirmed anywhere or not. I haven’t seen anything in the faq or list of confirmed features mentioning adoption unless I’m blind), but I would hope to see it at some point.
I hope the process for adoption is semi-realistic. Obviously adoption in real life is an intense, emotional process and I don’t expect all aspects to be covered, but I would hope to have a partially realistic experience.
-I was thinking that if Paraparents wanted to adopt, they’d need to meet a few qualifications when starting the process. They should have decent income, a clean house, a spare room for the new child, and the ability to cook. If they don’t meet these qualifications, they’d get denied. It might take a few days to wait for the results.
-If they met the above qualifications , they could arrange a home inspection by the adoption agency for any time. An NPC Para would come over and check out their house and see if it’s actually clean and has an empty room for a child. Then they’d sit down for an interview. If everything went well, they’d be approved for adoption. Maybe this would also take a few days to get the results.
-After approval they could select the child they want. My idea is that a window would pop up asking what kind of child the Paraparents are looking to adopt, then the player could select the age and the gender they are looking for. Maybe even the option to adopt siblings. Then a list of maybe 10 children would come up for the player to choose from or an option to select at random if that’s what the player wants.
-After the Paraparents have selected the child, they’d be able to go out at meet them. They would go to a rabbit hole and get to know the child. After a few visits, they could take the child home and they’d receive adoption papers and they’d have the option to change the child’s name.
I know this is quite a lot, and like I said, it may be too much for the initial release. But I do hope for this kind of system for any type of adoption related gameplay. Honestly, I just don’t want it to feel unrealistically easy to adopt children. Like you’d just click on a child and then, bam they’re now your kids in your house. Anyone else have any ideas for gameplay related to an adoption system? I’m curious to hear other peoples’ thoughts.
EDIT: After seeing some posts I’m making some additions to the ideas here.
-Adoptive parents should be able to see some of the child’s personality before you adopt them. At first I wasn’t sure about this, but then I thought about it after reading some posts and I think it would be more beneficial to know a bit about the child before taking them home. Like, if you adopt a teenager and they’re a vegetarian it probably won’t be best if they were adopted into a family that eats meat. So that should be seen by the player beforehand.
-A few possible forms of adoption: Open, closed, and foster. With open adoption the game would program a pair of birth parents who can visit the adopted family and spend some time with their biological child. Co-parenting available. Closed: the birth parents just won’t exist in the game. Foster care: you must foster the child for a short period before you are allowed to adopt them.
-There could be a method to slightly shorten the adoption process, so it doesn’t take too much time away from a Para’s life.
-Adoption status could be represented on family trees.
-Paraparents can put their own child up for adoption in the same way as they can adopt from (foster/open/closed). But the child would no longer appear in the world (so as to not have them out an about forming romances with other family as an npc).